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Dan Uggla's HR Leads Braves Past Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2

Arizona loses its fifth straight, but Justin Upton returned to the starting lineup.


Justin Upton returned to the starting lineup for the Arizona Diamondbacks and doubled in his first at-bat, but a third inning homerun by second baseman Dan Uggla gave the Atlanta Braves a 3-2 lead. That ended up being enough as not another run crossed the plate and the Braves took the third game of the series 3-2, sending the D-backs to their fifth straight loss.

Atlanta started the scoring with an unearned run in the top of the first. With the bases loaded, Arizona starter Joe Saunders walked Chipper Jones to force in a run.

The Diamondbacks tied the score in the bottom of the inning. After Gerardo Parra singled and Justin Upton doubled, Miguel Montero drove in Parra with an RBI groundout.

In the top of the second. Martin Prado singled home Jack Wilson to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead, but Jason Kubel tied the score at two with his first homer as a member of the D-backs.

However, Uggla took Saunders deep in the top of the third and the scoring ended there.

Saunders pitched seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned), six hits, striking out five and walking only one. He took the loss and is now 1-1 on the season.

Tommy Hanson allowed five hist in seven innings and two runs, striking out seven.

Jason Kimbrel struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to pick up his fifth save of the season.