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The Braves continued their winning formula of strong pitching, timely hitting and solid defense on Saturday night to clinch a series victory. Brandon Beachy made the start and was brilliant once again -- six innings, four hits, one run, one walk, seven strikeouts -- and even contributed on offense with an RBI-single.
Atlanta continued to use the long ball to their advantage and hit three more tonight. Trailing 1-0 in the first inning, Dan Uggla hit a big 2-run homer in the first off rookie starter Wade Miley for the DBacks. Uggla also homered in the seventh and was followed up by Freddie Freeman who hit a home run of his own. The home runs for Uggla moved him one away from 30, a number he has hit each year of his career.
The play of the game was Michael Bourn's incredible catch in to rob slugger Paul Goldschmidt of at least one RBI. Bourn sprinted to the center field wall and made a terrific leaping catch and held on to the ball as he crashed into the wall. Keep in mind this was just Bourn's ninth game at Turner Field and he is nowhere close to being adjusted to it's dimensions after leaving Houston's wacky ballpark. He continues to amaze on a nightly basis.
George Sherrill, Christian Martinez and Scott Linebrink all pitched well in relief and gave The Big Four a much needed night off.
Tim Hudson and the Braves will go for the series sweep Sunday afternoon. They'll face Josh Collmenter, who beat them previously this season in Phoenix. First pitch is at 1:35.