The Atlanta Braves are playing some good baseball right now, folks. The club won their fifth-straight game and 91st of the season on Thursday night, defeating Jacob Turner and the Miami Marlins by a score of 6-2.
Tommy Hanson, who has not pitched well in months, picked up his 13th win of the year after 5 1/3 innings of work on the mound. Hanson surrendered two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out four. Turner, on the other hand, tossed six innings of six-run ball, although only four of those runs were earned.
Atlanta trailed 2-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, but a double down the left field line plated Freddie Freeman to cut the deficit in half. Andrelton Simmons then doubled to bring Uggla home and put two runners in scoring position. Martin Prado lined a ball into shallow left field, and despite Bryan Petersen originally getting his glove on it, the ball popped out of the webbing. Two more runs came around to score, giving the Braves a 4-2 lead.
Uggla then delivered a huge two-out single in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded. With a 6-2 lead, the Braves' bullpen went to work. Luis Avilan recorded the final two outs in the sixth, Jonny Venters worked two innings of one-hit ball, and Cristhian Martinez pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Braves will now welcome in the New York Mets for a three-game series beginning Friday night. Chipper Jones' retirement ceremony is set for 7 p.m. ET sharp. Standing-room only seats remain for the game.