Uggla extends streak to 31, Braves win

Published 12:01 am Thursday, August 11, 2011

MIAMI (AP) — At this rate, Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez wouldn’t mind sending Dan Uggla down to the minors for a day.

Only because Uggla is hitting so well, Gonzalez wants to keep the Braves second baseman in a groove.

Uggla extended his hitting streak to 31 games, the longest in the majors this season, with a two-run single in the first inning that sent the Braves past the Florida Marlins 6-2 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.

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The Braves, who sent Florida to its seventh straight loss, are off Thursday.

“Let’s find a game for him to play tomorrow so he can stay hot,” Gonzalez said. “We’re going to send him to Gwinnett or Mobile or one of those places so he can keep swinging it.”

Uggla tied Rico Carty for the second-longest hitting streak in franchise history. Tommy Holmes hit in 37 straight for the Boston Braves in 1945.

“It’s crazy,” Uggla said. “Was that one of the things I thought about when I got over here? No, obviously not, but it’s a cool thing. This is an awesome organization and to have some kind of record with this organization is really special.”

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.

“It’s great, I love him,” Braves pitcher Tim Hudson said. “He’s been an unbelievable teammate all year. He plays hard every single day. When he had his struggles early on, he never made excuses, he played hard. When fans were booing him, he never let his head drop and he’s prevailing now.”

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

“He was dominant,” Gonzalez said.