published Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Braves sweep in Florida Uggla extends hit streak to 31 games

Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 31 games and Tim Hudson pitched into the eighth inning, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Florida Marlins 6-2 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.

Uggla's two-run single in the first inning tied Rico Carty for the second-longest hitting streak in franchise history. Tommy Holmes hit in 37 straight for the Boston Braves in 1945.

Uggla went 3-for-5. It was his ninth multihit game during the longest hitting streak in the majors this season. He is batting .224 overall this year.

Logan Morrison hit his 17th home run for the Marlins, who have lost seven straight.

Eric Hinske also drove in two runs for the Braves, who have won six of seven and are a season-best 20 games over .500.

Hudson (12-7) allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings and struck out seven. The Marlins scored twice off him in the eighth.

Jonny Venters relieved in the ninth, coming in to strike out Brett Hayes with the bases loaded to record his fourth save in six chances.

Anibal Sanchez (6-6) stretched his winless streak to 11 games dating to June 10 with his shortest outing in nearly three years. He allowed five runs in 1 2-3 innings.

Atlanta, which is 9-3 against the Marlins this season, scored three times in the second for a 5-0 lead. Hudson hit an RBI single and Hinske had a two-run double.

Braves 20-year old pitcher Arodys Vizcaino made his major league debut in the ninth. He got two outs and walked two after his was called up to replace Scott Proctor, who was released by after struggling for most of the season.

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