Dan Uggla hits two home runs as Braves beat Phillies

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Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla hit two home runs including a grand slam, on Monday night as the Braves down the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6.

Uggla was not the only member of the Braves to go yard twice. In the sixth inning Gattis hit his first home run of the night off of Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez giving the Braves a 2-1 lead.

Meanwhile Ervin Santana who was making his second start was pitching well for the Braves. Santana went six innings allow one run on four hits and two walks while striking out 11. His lone run allowed came in the form of a solo home run by Ryan Howard. After two starts with the Braves, Santana has allowed one run in 14 innings.

In the eighth inning Gattis hit his second home run of the night, this time off of B.J. Rosenberg. Dam Uggla and Andrelton Simmons then hit solo shots to follow.

The Phillies did not go quietly as they rallied for five off of Braves reliever Luis Avilan. The first two run scored on a single by Marlon Byrd. Moments later Domonic Brown hit a three run home run giving the Phillies a 6-5 lead.

Jake Diekman came in to try and close out the game as Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable after pitching three days in a row. Diekman would load the bases to start the inning with Gattis coming to the plate. Gattis struck out on three pitches, whiffing on the last two.

It was then Uggla’s chance to hit and that he did hitting a grand slam, The grand slam was the fifth of the night for the Braves and Uggla’s third career grand slam. It gave the Braves a 9-6 lead.

David Carpenter was called upon by the Braves to close this one out. After retiring the first two batters, Carpenter then walked Jimmy Rollins. Carpenter then got Chase Utley to ground out to end the game.

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