Braves launch five home runs in 6-3 win over Kansas City

Daniel Shirey

Atlanta entered tonight's game against Kansas City with 20 home runs, which was good enough for second in the National League behind Colorado. Fast forward nine innings, and Atlanta now has 25 homers on the season.

Juan Francisco (twice), Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and Dan Uggla all launched solo shots en route to a 6-3 win for the Braves at Turner Field Tuesday.

Francisco got the home run barrage going in the bottom of the second inning, as he lined a Jeremy Guthrie offering right down the right field line to make it a 1-0 game. The batter before, Uggla, was ruled out on an extremely close play at first base.

The Royals responded in the top of the third against Braves starter Kris Medlen, as second baseman Chris Getz destroyed a Medlen fastball into the right field seats to tie the game at one. It was Getz' first homer since 2009 when homered twice with the White Sox.

Kansas City took the lead in top of the fourth, as catcher Salvador Perez reached on a throwing error by Francisco to start things off. Mike Moustakas singled to move Perez up to second, and Jeff Francoeur followed with a single of his own to drive in Perez and make it a 2-1 game.

Medlen held the Royals scoreless until he left after the seventh innings. He finished with a line of 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, and 5 K's. In 84 pitches, Medlen caused eight swing and misses, seven of which came from his off-speed offerings.

Guthrie would leave after the seventh inning as well, but not before Francisco got to him for his second home run of the night to tie the game at two. Hard-throwing reliever Kelvin Herrera entered in the bottom of the eighth, and didn't fare too well. Heyward lined a 98-mile per hour fastball into the left field stands for the first home run of the inning, then Upton followed with a long, majestic bomb to left field as well to make it 4-2.

Two batters later, Uggla smashed his third home run of the year to make it a 5-2 game. Chris Johnson chipped in a rbi single to up the advantage to 6-2.

Alex Gordon singled off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth to cut the lead to 6-3, but that's as close as the game would get.

Tonight's win was the 10th straight for the Braves; the first time they've done that since 2000 when Atlanta won 15 straight.

The only bad news from the game was Luis Avilan's injury. On the mound in the ninth, Avilan stopped in the middle of a pitch and immediately grabbed his left leg before falling to the ground. He was helped off the field, and carted to the locker room.

After the game, the Braves announced that Avilian suffered a hamstring strain and severe cramping. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Don't forget, tomorrow's first pitch is set for 12:10 PM ET.

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