Posted: 8:39 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013
By Bennett Hipp
Uggla's first home run was one of seven runs Atlanta scored against struggling Dodgers starter Matt Magill, who had no control from the start. Down 1-0 after Mike Minor escaped a bases loaded jam relatively unscathed in the first inning, a walk by Jason Heyward and an error by Adrian Gonzalez on a Justin Upton dribbler put runners on first and second for Freddie Freeman. Freeman scorched a liner to center, loading the bases for Evan Gattis.
Gattis popped out to left, scoring Heyward to tie the game at one. That set the stage for Uggla, who launched a Magill cutter into the left field stands for a three-run homer to make it 4-1 Atlanta.
Atlanta extended the lead in the next half inning, with two walks to Minor and Justin Upton sandwiched around a Heyward single loaded the bases for Freeman, who crushed a ball to left center that was just out of reach of a diving Skip Schumaker. That cleared the bases, making it a 7-1 game and chasing Magill in the process.
Uggla homered against reliever Ronald Belisario to lead off the fifth inning, ending the scoring at 8-1 and notching his 13th home run of the season.
Minor, who recovered from a 31-pitch first inning where Los Angeles scored on a dribbler down the third base line from Schumaker, ended up with six very productive innings of work. The left-hander allowed just six hits and the one run while walking three and striking out six.