Homers From Freeman, McCann and Uggla Lead Braves To Sweep of D-backs

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The three home runs backed a strong outing by Paul Maholm, who picked up his ninth win of the season.

Atlanta used the power of the long ball against struggling Arizona pitcher Trevor Cahill, belting three home runs to finish off a sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 6-2 win.

Already down 1-0 in the second inning, the Braves tied the score when Brian McCann hit his ninth home run of the year, one that bounced off the top of the wall and out. One inning later with Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons on base, Heyward broke up what looked like a sure double play on a ground ball by Justin Upton to keep the inning alive; that allowed Freddie Freeman to launch the biggest bomb of the day: a three-run homer to give Atlanta a 4-1 lead.

Fast forward to the fifth: McCann drew a one-out walk ahead of Dan Uggla who hit a wall-scraping home run to left, his 14th homer of the year.

Following Arizona's first-inning run, which scored as a result of a double play, Paul Maholm posted four scoreless innings before the D-backs scored again in the sixth in the exact same fashion; A.J. Pollock scored both times. Arizona mounted a rally in the seventh, loading the bases with one out, but Maholm and Anthony Varvaro combined for a zero in the run column.

Maholm struck out three in 6.2 innings, allowing eight hits.

The three home runs were among 10 total hits for the Braves; only the Upton brothers were hitless in the game. Freeman's homer was Atlanta's only hit in nine tries with runners in scoring position.

Source: FanGraphs
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