Braves Survive Scott Proctor; Beat Florida 8-5

Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 29 games with an infield single in the fifth inning.

Atlanta's offense exploded for eight runs and survived an appearance from Scott Proctor as the Braves beat Florida 8-5 in front of 17 people at Sun Life Stadium. 

The Braves got the scoring going in the second inning, as David Ross walked with one out. Jose Constanza singled to left field for Derek Lowe who bunted the runners up to second and third with two outs. Michael Bourn followed with a single to right that scored Ross and advanced Constanza to third to make 1-0. 

A Martin Prado ground-rule double to left-center scored Constanza to make it 2-0 and put runners on second and third for Freddie Freeman who singled to score both runners to give Atlanta an early 4-0 lead against Marlins starter Brad Hand

Florida finally got on the board in the third inning as Hand started things off with a single to center. An Emilio Bonifacio single put runners on first and second for Alfredo Amezaga who singled to load the bases for the powerful Mike Stanton.

Lowe walked Stanton to bring in the first run and make it a 4-1 game. Gaby Sanchez then grounded out to second base, allowing Bonifacio to score and cut the Braves lead to 4-2.

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Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 29 games in the fifth inning as he beat out a soft ground-ball to shortstop to begin the frame. Chipper Jones singled to center to put runners on first and second for Alex Gonzalez, who crushed a Hand fastball to left for a three-run home run. Gonzalez's blast gave Atlanta a 7-2 lead.

Hand left after the fifth inning, finishing with a line of 5 IP, 9 H, 7 R (all earned), 3 BB, 3 K.

Atlanta finished its scoring in sixth inning against Marlins reliever Brian Sanches. Michael Bourn singled to start the inning, then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher John Buck.

After an intentional walk to Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Bourn to give the Braves an 8-2 lead.

Lowe threw six solid innings, giving up six hits and two runs while walking three and striking out three.

Florida plated a run on a solo home run from Greg Dobbs against Cristhian Martinez in the bottom of the eighth inning to cut the lead to 8-3.

Scott Proctor came on to pitch the ninth inning and predictably got hit hard. Proctor walked Mike Cameron to begin the inning and two batters later gave up a two-run home run to Buck to cut the lead to 8-5. 

Craig Kimbrel had to come in and record the final two outs to record his 35th save of the season. 

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