Bats Carry Atlanta Braves Over Los Angeles Dodgers in Series Finale
The bats awoke on Sunday afternoon.
Dan Uggla (2-for-2) belted two home runs and drove in four runs, and Freddie Freeman (2-for-5) cleared the bases with a three-run double in the fourth inning to lead the Braves to an 8-1 win.
Entering Sunday, the Braves were averaging 4.8 runs a game at home and 4.0 on the road. It was the eleventh time this season the Braves have scored eight or more runs in a game and the first time they’ve scored that many on the road since a May 13 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The offense got some help from Dodger starter Matt Magill, who held the Braves to just one run in five innings and struck out eight in a May 19 start in Atlanta. On Sunday, the Braves were patient at the plate to draw six walks off of the young starter. Eventually the Braves made him pay in the form of a three-run home run from Uggla in a four-run third inning and the bases clearing double by Freeman that chased Magill. Uggla added a solo home run in the fifth inning to conclude the scoring for the Braves.
It was the second multiple-home run game for Uggla this season, who also walked twice to raise his on-base percentage to .322 on the season. He has reached base 12 times over his last 25 plate appearances—a span of six games.
Meanwhile, Freeman upped his team-leading RBI total to 43 on the season. He now has nine RBI in nine games in June.
The Braves broke out of a three-game miniature offensive slump thanks to patience and key hits from Uggla and Freeman. They will look to continue that momentum as they continue the road trip with their next stop in San Diego.