August 8, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder John Mayberry Jr. (15) chases the ball hit by Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson (15) (not shown) for a two run double during the second inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Braves vs. Phillies: Dan Uggla Leads Atlanta To Wild 12-6 Victory

The Braves rallied after blowing a big lead in the fifth inning with Tim Hudson on the mound. Atlanta has now won eight of their last nine against Philly.

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Dan Uggla Leads Braves To Wild 12-6 Win Over Phillies

After three miserable months to begin the 2011 season, Dan Uggla was arguably the best hitter in the National League during the second half of the season. Uggla has struggled mightily since June, but he has shown signs of life in recent days. It appears the Braves' slugging second baseman has finally awaken, propelling his club to a wild 12-6 victory over the Phillies.

Tim Hudson was given an early 6-1 lead, which was aided by a two-run double from Hudson himself in the second inning. Despite his near-perfect record when staked to a lead of 3+ runs, the veteran righty suddenly lost command in the middle innings. A three-run homer from Ryan Howard capped off a five-run fifth inning, which sent Hudson to the clubhouse.

With a tie score of 6-6, Uggla came to the plate with the bases loaded. After falling behind 0-2 in the count, he battled back and lined a ball down the left field line to clear the bases. He then came around to score on a throwing error to push the lead to 10-6.

Michael Bourn doubled home a run in the top of the eighth after Tyler Pastornicky drew a leadoff walk. Bourn was brought home on a groundout from Freddie Freeman.

Atlanta's bullpen continued their incredible work since the All-Star Break on Wednesday. Luis Avilan, Cory Gearrin, Chad Durbin, Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel combined to toss 4.2 innings of scoreless ball, allowing just one hit and one walk. They struck out six.

The Braves will have a much-needed off-day on Thursday before heading to New York for a three-game series with the Mets.

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Braves vs. Phillies Lineups: Brian McCann Sits, Dan Uggla Returns On Wednesday

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has done a nice job giving his hitters a night off this season, especially when it comes to Brian McCann and Chipper Jones. While there are capable replacements for each player on the bench, neither can bring what Mac or Chipper bring to the lineup on a nightly basis.

With an off-day looming on Thursday, Gonzalez has opted to rest McCann this evening against right-handed starter Kyle Kendrick. It's unusual for him to sit against a righty, but the night off will give the catcher about 72 hours of rest and will only require him to miss one game.

Dan Uggla, who sat on Tuesday as part of a scheduled day off, has returned to the lineup.

Let's take a look at the Braves and Phillies batting order for Wednesday.

Michael Bourn - CF
Martin Prado - LF
Jason Heyward - RF
Chipper Jones - 3B
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Dan Uggla - 2B
David Ross - C
Paul Janish - SS
Tim Hudson - P

And the Phillies:

First pitch from Citizens Bank Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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Braves Vs. Phillies: Wednesday Game Preview, TV Info And More

Tim Hudson has been cruising of late, winning four straight starts (including his 100th career win as a Brave) and providing some much needed stability in the Atlanta rotation. He'll look for a fifth in the row as Atlanta aims to take the series with the fading Phillies on Wednesday night after Cole Hamels shut out the Braves 3-0 on Tuesday. Dan Uggla's return will be likely after he was held out against Hamels due to a lifetime average of .145 against the knuckleballer.

Date / Time: Wednesday, August 8, 7:05 p.m. ET

Location: Citizens Bank Ballpark, Philadelphia, Penn.

TV: Sports South

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Tim Hudson (11-4) vs. Kyle Kendrick (4-9)

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Cole Hamels Delivers Shutout Against Braves, Phillies Win 3-0

Throughout the long 162-game grind of a season a team is bound to run into a pitcher who is nearly perfect. Cole Hamels was that guy on Tuesday night, leading the Phillies to a 3-0 win over the Braves.

Hamels did not allow a runner to reach scoring position all night. He scattered five hits over nine innings of work, striking out six and walking none.

Mike Minor struggled in the first inning, but he continued his strong work after that. He ended up tossing seven innings, allowing three runs to score on seven hits and two walks.

Jimmy Rollins doubled to leadoff the game, and he was driven in by a double from Domonic Brown. Chase Utley was retired harmlessly with the score 1-0, but a two-run homer to deep center field from Ryan Howard pushed the deficit to three runs.

No Atlanta hitter recorded more than one hit. They simply had no answer for Hamels, who was recently signed to a deal worth $140+ million.

The two clubs will meet in the series finale on Wednesday night.

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Braves Vs. Phillies Tuesday Lineups: Dan Uggla Getting A Day Off

Dan Uggla continues to struggle and Fredi Gonzalez is using Tuesday's game as an opportunity to give him some rest and to get the newly acquired Reed Johnson into a game for some at bats. Martin Prado is shifting from left field to second base for Tuesday's game against the Phillies while Johnson takes his spot in left field. Chipper Jones also returns to the lineup after sitting out the series opener on Monday.

Here is a look at the full lineups for Tuesday night's game between the Braves and the Phillies:

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) 2B
3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
4. Chipper Jones (S) 3B
5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
6. Brian McCann (L) C
7. Reed Johnson (R) LF
8. Paul Janish (R) SS
9. Mike Minor (R) P

Philadelphia Phillies

1. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
2. Domonic Brown (L) LF
3. Chase Utley (L) 2B
4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
5. John Mayberry (R) CF
6. Erik Kratz (R) C
7. Nate Schierholtz (L) RF
8. Kevin Frandsen (R) 3B
9. Cole Hamels (L) P

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Braves Vs. Phillies: Tuesday Preview, TV Info And More

The Braves won comfortably against the Phillies on Monday in their series opener thanks to the dominating performance from Ben Sheets. This time, Atlanta is hoping for similar results with Mike Minor (6-7, 5.01 ERA) on the hill taking on Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34 ERA) in the pitching duel.

A win on Tuesday would award the Braves the series win against their NL East division foe, while it would be Atlanta's third straight. More importantly, it would be the Braves' eight straight wins against the Phillies.

You can take a look at the game schedule and broadcasting information right here:

Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 7, 7:05 P.M. ET

TV: SPSO, CSN

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Ben Sheets Stars Again As Braves Win 7th Straight Over Phillies

Citizens Bank Ballpark has been a house of horrors for the Braves in recent years, but that has not been the last few months. Atlanta won their fourth-straight game in Philadelphia (and seventh-straight over their NL East foes) on Monday night as they won by a score of 6-1.

Ben Sheets continued to pitch well against the new-look Phillies. He tossed 7.1 innings of one-run ball, scattering seven hits and a walk. Sheets did not strike any batters out. Vance Worley started for the Phillies and was not sharp, pitching just 3.2 innings while surrendering four runs on six hits and three walks.

Freddie Freeman ripped a two-out double down the first base line to give the Braves an early 2-0 lead in the third inning. A wild pitch from Worley then scored Freeman with Brian McCann at the plate. Michael Bourn came up with an RBI-single in the next frame to make it 4-0.

John Mayberry plated the lone run of the game for Philly with a solo homer in the fourth.

McCann continued to punish the Phillies in the seventh with an RBI-single to right. Jason Heyward crushed his 18th home run of the season in the ninth to push the lead to 6-1.

Cristhian Martinez came in and worked a perfect ninth inning to secure the victory. The Braves are now 63-46 on the season, their best mark of the year.

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Braves Vs. Phillies Lineups: Chipper Jones Sitting Out Series Opener

Ben Sheets will take the mound for the Braves as they open a three-game series with the Phillies in Philadelphia. Fredi Gonzalez is sending out most of the lineup regulars on Monday with the exception of Chipper Jones who is getting a day off. Juan Francisco will take his place at third and will bat seventh in the order.

Here is a look at the full lineups for tonight's series opener between the Braves and the Phillies:

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
4. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
7. Juan Francisco (L) 3B
8. Paul Janish (R) SS
9. Ben Sheets (R) P

Philadelphia Phillies

1. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
2. Domonic Brown (L) LF
3. Chase Utley (L) 2B
4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
5. John Mayberry (R) CF
6. Nate Schierholtz (L) RF
7. Kevin Frandsen (R) 3B
8. Brian Schneider (L) C
9. Vance Worley (R) P

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Braves Vs. Phillies: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Before the year started, this week's series between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies figured to be crucial for the NL East race. While the Braves have lived up to the hype, the Phillies have faltered and enter the series 16 games out of first place.

Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46 ERA) will look to add to the Phillies misery on Monday. For the first time in his comeback, Sheets will be facing a team for the second time. He won a July 27 start against Philadelphia by allowing one run over six innings.

Opposing Sheets will be Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63 ERA). He faced the Braves on July 8 and allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision. Dan Uggla is 3-for-7 against him with two home runs.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 ET and the game will be broadcast on SportSouth.

Read more on the Braves at Talking Chop and SB Nation Atlanta. Check out The Good Phight and SB Nation Philly for more on the Phillies. Baseball Nation is your source for news and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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Atlanta Braves Travel North For Three-Game Series With Phillies

Previewing this week's three-game series between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.

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2012 MLB Standings: Braves 3 Back of Nationals In N.L. East

The Atlanta Braves have won eight of their last 10 games but still trail the Washington Nationals by three games in the N.L. East standings.

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