Uggla singles to push streak to 30 games
Second baseman's run now one game shy of Braves record
MIAMI -- Dan Uggla understands why so many are surprised that he has been able to prolong his career-best hitting streak for more than a month. But now that the Braves' second baseman has reached this point, he is simply focused on adding to the surprise.
Uggla extended his hitting streak to 30 games -- the longest active streak in the Major Leagues this season -- with an infield single in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 4-3, 11-inning win over the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium.
Uggla and Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier now share the longest hitting streaks posted in the Majors this year. Ethier's streak ended in May.
"I think the loudest cheer of the night was when [Uggla] beat out that ball," Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said.
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Uggla bounced his close friend Clay Hensley's 1-2 curveball to shortstop Emilio Bonifacio, who snared the ball in the outfield but was unsuccessful in his attempt to record the out at first base.
Through the first two games of this series against his former team, Uggla has gone 2-for-9, and both of his hits have been infield singles. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he has registered nine infield singles during this streak and had a total of six in the previous 86 games he had played.
"There are going to be times when you don't feel as good, and you have to battle and take what you can get," said Uggla, who has improved his batting average from .173 to .220 during the streak.
When the Braves conclude their three-game series against the Marlins on Wednesday night, Uggla will have a chance to match the Atlanta record Rico Carty set in 1970 with a 31-game hitting streak.
While playing each of the previous five seasons with the Marlins, Uggla developed a close bond with Hensley. He extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a three-run homer off the Marlins right-hander on July 29.
Uggla has hit .345 (41-for-119) with 12 homers during this streak that dates back to July 5.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.