NL East Wrap: Uggla's hit streak ends at 33

NL East Wrap: Uggla's hit streak ends at 33
August 14, 2011, 8:15 pm
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Uggla's streak ends at 33

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ATLANTA -- The Chicago Cubs stopped Dan Uggla's 33-game hitting streakand rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-5 onSunday.

The Braves led 4-0 through five innings and 5-4 through six before Carlos Pena's two-run homer in the seventh.

Uggla's streak was the longest in the majors in five years. He was 0-for-3 with an RBI.

Hisbest chance to extend the streak came in the fifth. Second basemanDarwin Barney made a diving catch of Uggla's fly ball in shallow rightfield.

Uggla grounded out to shortstop against Jeff Samardzijain the seventh in his final at-bat. He didn't come up in the ninth,when Carlos Marmol earned his 28th save.

Marmol walked MichaelBourn, who had three hits, with two outs in the ninth. Bourn stolesecond base but Martin Prado popped out to third baseman Aramis Ramirezto end the game. If he had reached, Uggla would have been on deck.

His teammates patted him on the back and hugged him in the dugout after the game.

TheCubs have won 11 of 14 and four straight series for the first timesince Sept. 9-21, 2008. They have won 10 of their last 14 games.

Uggla'sstreak was the longest in the majors since 2006, when Philadelphia'sChase Utley had a 35-game streak. Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins had a38-game streak that began in 2005 and carried through the start of 2006.

Ugglastreak passed Rico Carty's 31-game streak in 1970 as the longest inAtlanta Braves history. The franchise record is 37 games by TommyHolmes for the 1945 Boston Braves.

Throwing errors by Cubs pitchers Matt Garza and John Grabow in the first and sixth innings, led to Atlanta runs.

Atlantatook a 5-4 lead in the sixth when Jason Heyward singled off Grabow(3-0), stole second and scored on Grabow's wild throw to first on agrounder by Alex Gonzalez.

The Cubs answered in the seventh whenDarwin Barney singled and scored on Pena's 23rd homer to right fieldoff Eric O'Flaherty (1-4).

Cubs manager Mike Quade said beforethe game the team has moved past the controversy of pitcher CarlosZambrano cleaning out his locker and leaving the team on Friday nightand being placed on the disqualified list on Saturday.

"Look, grown-ups make decisions, and he made a decision," Quade said. "And that's his deal at this point, it's not mine."

Bournsingled in the first and moved to third when Garza fielded Prado's softgrounder and threw high to second for an error. Bourn scored on Uggla'sfly ball to left.

Garza's six errors lead all pitchers in themajors, according to STATS LLC. The six errors match his total from hisfirst five seasons in the majors.

The Braves added two runs inthe second on RBI singles by Bourn and Prado and stretched the lead to4-0 in the fourth when Jose Constanza walked, stole second and thirdand scored on Bourn's broken-bat single to center.

The Cubsscored four runs in the sixth. Brandon Beachy, who gave up two runs onsix hits in 5 1-3 innings, was lifted after allowing singles by Barneyand Aramis Ramirez and Pena's run-scoring fly ball. Scott Linebrinkreplaced Beachy and gave up three straight hits, including TylerColvin's two-run single.

Arodys Vizcaino's wild pitch to Blake DeWitt allowed Geovany Soto to score from third.

Rightfielder Jason Heyward, making his first start since Wednesday, made adiving catch of a line drive hit by Colvin to end the fourth inningwith runners on first and second. Heyward, running toward the foulline, saved at least one run when he made the catch while divingforward and landing on his chest.

Hanson to DL
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have placedright-hander Tommy Hanson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive toAug. 7, with right shoulder tendinitis. The team activated catcher Brian McCannfrom the disabled list. McCann, returning from a strained left oblique,is starting in Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs. The Braves also activated right-handerScott Linebrink (lower back strain) from the 15-day disabled list andoptioned right-hander Anthony Varvaro to Triple-A Gwinnett. Hanson allowed seven runs in 3 1-3 inningsin an 11-7 loss at the New York Mets on Aug. 6. An MRI on his shouldershowed no structural damage. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (right kneestrain) is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday, when theBraves will need a starter to replace Hanson.
Diamondbacks 5, Mets 3

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PHOENIX -- Justin Upton homered and Paul Goldschmidt doubled twice to help the Arizona Diamondbacks edge the New York Mets 5-3 on Sunday afternoon for their sixth straight win.

Arizona starter Jason Marquis, acquired in a July 30 trade from Washington, was hit on the right shin by a line drive and left the game one inning later with a broken fibula.

Goldschmidt snapped a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning, doubling to the left-field corner and scoring on Henry Blanco's double to left off Mets starter Chris Capuano (9-11).

Zach Duke (3-4), who came on in relief of Marquis, allowed two runs on four hits over 2 2-3 innings and David Hernandez pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.
Giants 5, Marlins 2

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MIAMI -- Ryan Vogelsong pitched into the eighth inning to earn his career-high 10th win and the San Francisco Giants used four home runs to beat the slumping Florida Marlins 5-2 Sunday.

Cody Ross ended the Giants' major league-record streak of 21 consecutive solo homers when he hit a two-run shot in the third inning. It was the first non-solo homer for San Francisco since July 6.

Nate Schierholtz started a new streak with a solo homer in the fourth. Brandon Belt, recalled Saturday from Triple-A, hit solo homers in the sixth and eighth.

Vogelsong (10-2) struck out eight while allowing two runs and four hits in 7 2-3 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.47.

Santiago Casilla retired Mike Stanton with two on to end the eighth. Ramon Ramirez came on to retire Brett Hayes with two on and two out in the ninth for his second save in three chances. All-Star closer Brian Wilson was unavailable because of a sore back.

The home run total tied a season high for the Giants, who rank next to last in the majors in runs. They took the series after losing their past four series.

The Marlins faced the Giants' top three starters in the series, and the results showed -- Florida totaled four runs and 15 hits. The Marlins, who have struggled at home all season, went 1-9 on their homestand.

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