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Uggla helps Marlins outslug Braves

Apr 24, 2007 - 3:51 AM MIAMI (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Braves never have much success when visiting the Florida Marlins and Dan Uggla made sure nothing changed.

Uggla continued his torrid stretch by hitting a two-run homer and driving in three runs as the Marlins posted an 8-7 victory over the Braves in the first of a three-game series.

Dontrelle Willis (4-1) wasn't especially sharp but still managed to beat Atlanta for the fourth consecutive time. The lefthander, whose wife Natalee is expecting a baby girl any time, allowed five runs - all earned - and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking three. He also got two hits, including a triple.

The Marlins captured their third straight game and continued their home domination of the Braves, winning for the 11th time in 15 games here.

"We went out there and got a tough victory," Willis said. "This team (Atlanta) is playing great baseball right now so this is a big victory for us."

Uggla doubled in a run in the first - missing a home run by inches - and belted a two-run homer in a six-run fifth inning, his third blast in two days, to give the Marlins an 8-2 lead.

"I'm able to pick up the spin on the ball and recognize pitches," Uggla said. "Now, I can get a good swing on it."

In his last three games, Uggla is 7-for-13 with the three home runs, nine RBI and seven runs scored.

"Baseball is a streaky sport and you have to keep going with it as long as you can," he said.

Miguel Olivo put Florida ahead to stay with a three-run shot in the sixth, ending the night for Atlanta starter Kyle Davies (0-1).

"I couldn't locate my fastball and just couldn't get comfortable out there," Davies said. "I felt like I was trying to throw it through a brick wall instead of easy and fluid. If you told me to throw three straight strikes tonight, I couldn't."

The Braves didn't go quietly, adding a run in the sixth on a homer by Jeff Francoeur and two more in the seventh while knocking Willis from the game.

After loading the bases, Willis allowed a sacrifice fly to Andrew Jones and was replaced by Randy Messenger, who gave up an RBI single to Francoeur that sliced the deficit to 8-5.

Taylor Tankersley pitched a perfect eighth inning and Henry Owens got the first two outs in the ninth before running into trouble, allowing a solo homer to Chipper Jones and back-to-back doubles to Andruw Jones and Francoeur to make it 8-7.

"It's good to know we kept fighting back," Francoeur said. "We weren't able to do it tonight. If we had one more inning I think we would have won the game."

Lefthander Renyel Pinto replaced Owens and finally ended it by striking out pinch hitter Brian McCann for his first save.

Francoeur went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs for Atlanta.

"He (Willis) throws inside and out and mixes it up," Francoeur said. "He pitched well enough to win. We got to him late but we didn't have enough innings left."

Florida's Aaron Boone drove in a run and had two hits to run his hitting streak to five games, during which he is batting .391 (9-for-23).

After the game, Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez gave Willis the lineup card as a souvenir.

"I told him, 'Keep it so that six years down the road you can tell your daughter, 'I got two hits and a win and then I watched you get born,' " Gonzalez said. "Easy day."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 7 12 0
    FLORIDA 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 x 8 10 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: ATL - KYLE DAVIES, OSCAR VILLARREAL (5TH), PETER MOYLAN (7TH), MIKE
    GONZALEZ (8TH) AND BRAYAN PENA
    FLA - DONTRELLE WILLIS, RANDY MESSENGER (7TH), TAYLOR
    TANKERSLEY

    Apr 23 9:54 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JEFF FRANCOEUR SCORED ANDRUW JONES.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J FRANCOEUR ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 7
    FLORIDA 8 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M DIAZ (.222, 0-FOR-4)

    Braves vs. MarlinsApr 23 9:47 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CHIPPER JONES (6) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF HENRY OWENS.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 6, FLORIDA 8
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: A JONES (.231, 1-FOR-2, BB, SF, 2 RBI)

    Braves vs. MarlinsApr 23 9:43 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: P Moylan relieved O Villarreal.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5
    FLORIDA 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: H Ramirez (.377, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Apr 23 9:16 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - PITCHING CHANGE
    ATL: PETER MOYLAN (0-0, 9.00) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5, FLORIDA 8
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: H RAMIREZ (.377, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Apr 23 9:15 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 5 9 0
    FLORIDA 2 0 0 0 6 0 8 10 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: ATL - OSCAR VILLARREAL (OUT)
    FLA - RANDY MESSENGER

    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: H RAMIREZ (.377, 2-FOR-2, BB, HBP, RBI)
    D UGGLA (.273, 2-FOR-4, HR, 3 RBI)
    M CABRERA (.31

    Apr 23 9:13 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF FRANCOEUR SCORED EDGAR RENTERIA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J FRANCOEUR ON FIRST, C JONES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5
    FLORIDA 8 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M DIAZ (.227, 0-FOR-3)

    Braves vs. MarlinsApr 23 9:13 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ANDRUW JONES SCORED CHRIS WOODWARD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C JONES ON FIRST, E RENTERIA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 4
    FLORIDA 8 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: J FRANCOEUR (.257, 2-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Braves vs. MarlinsApr 23 9:10 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JEFF FRANCOEUR (4) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF DONTRELLE WILLIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 3, FLORIDA 8
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M DIAZ (.233, 0-FOR-2)

    Braves vs. MarlinsApr 23 8:48 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DAN UGGLA (4) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF OSCAR VILLARREAL SCORED HANLEY RAMIREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2, FLORIDA 8
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M CABRERA (.316, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Braves vs. MarlinsApr 23 8:42 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HANLEY RAMIREZ SCORED DONTRELLE WILLIS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, H RAMIREZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2
    FLORIDA 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: D UGGLA (.263, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Braves vs. MarlinsApr 23 8:40 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MIGUEL OLIVO (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF KYLE DAVIES SCORED JOE BORCHARD AND AARON BOONE.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2, FLORIDA 5
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: A AMEZAGA (.196, 0-FOR-2)

    Braves vs. MarlinsApr 23 8:31 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 1 0 1 0 2 6 0
    FLORIDA 2 0 0 0 2 4 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: ATL - KYLE DAVIES
    FLA - DONTRELLE WILLIS

    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: E RENTERIA (.311, 1-FOR-2)
    C JONES (.314, 2-FOR-2)
    A JONES (.234, 1-FOR-1, BB, RBI)

    Apr 23 8:19 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF FRANCOEUR SCORED CHIPPER JONES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J FRANCOEUR ON FIRST, A JONES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2
    FLORIDA 2 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M DIAZ (.238, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves vs. MarlinsApr 23 7:48 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 1 0 1 4 0
    FLORIDA 2 2 2 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: ATL - KYLE DAVIES
    FLA - DONTRELLE WILLIS

    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: A AMEZAGA (.205, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
    D WILLIS (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    H RAMIREZ (.356, 0-FOR-0, HBP)

    Apr 23 7:30 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AARON BOONE SCORED JOSH WILLINGHAM.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A BOONE ON FIRST, J BORCHARD ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    FLORIDA 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M OLIVO (.222, 0 HR, 9 RBI)

    Braves vs. MarlinsApr 23 7:23 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DAN UGGLA SCORED HANLEY RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D UGGLA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    FLORIDA 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M CABRERA (.327, 5 HR, 14 RBI)

    Braves vs. MarlinsApr 23 7:17 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 1 1 3 0
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: ATL - KYLE DAVIES
    FLA - DONTRELLE WILLIS

    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: H RAMIREZ (.356, 3 HR, 5 RBI)
    D UGGLA (.260, 3 HR, 12 RBI)
    M CABRERA (.327, 5 HR, 14 RBI)

    Braves vs. MarlinsApr 23 7:12 PM