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Braves Vs. Marlins Final Score: Dan Uggla's Homer Propels Atlanta To 7-5 Win

The Atlanta Braves picked up their fourth-straight win on Monday night against the Miami Marlins, winning by a score of 7-5. The club used a four-run first inning to their advantage on a night Tim Hudson struggled, and the bullpen took care of the rest. Atlanta now sits five games back of the Nationals in the NL East and holds a 7 1/2 game lead for the first wild card spot.

Martin Prado, who recorded four hits on the night, drove home the first run of the game with a single in the first inning. Dan Uggla then came up and cranked a 410-foot three-run homer down the left field line to make it 4-0.

In the fourth inning, Jeff Baker recorded his first RBI as a Brave with a line drive single to right. Tim Hudson then grounded out to plate a run and make it 6-0. The Marlins battled back, though, and scored four runs in the bottom half of the fourth. Carlos Lee then cut the deficit to 6-5 in the seventh with an RBI-single up the middle.

Prado delivered yet again in the eighth with a bloop single to center that scored a big insurance run. With a 7-5 lead in the ninth, Craig Kimbrel entered and worked a scoreless frame to secure his 37th save of the season. Atlanta is now 85-63 this season.

The Braves and Marlins will meet again Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET.

For more on this series be sure to check out Talking Chop and Fish Stripes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.