published Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Uggla leads Braves to 6-4 win over Nationals

WASHINGTON — Dan Uggla homered and extended his career-best hitting streak to 25 games, Freddie Freeman had two hits and two RBIs, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Uggla went 2 for 4, including a three-run drive that put the Braves up 6-0 in the fifth inning. His hitting streak is Atlanta’s longest since Marquis Grissom put together a 28-game run in 1996.

Freeman has hit in 18 consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors this season by a rookie.

Jayson Werth homered and Ryan Zimmerman had two hits for the Nationals, whose four-game winning streak ended.

Braves rookie Brandon Beachy (5-2) took a four-hit shutout into the sixth but failed to get another out.

Rookie Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for his 32nd save in 37 tries.

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