Like his predecessor Bobby Cox, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez isn’t inclined to give pregame speeches to fire up the squad. But with an eight-game losing streak being as close to desperate times as anyone in the organization cared to be, Gonzalez gave a speech Tuesday.
Judging from the results, he might not wait so long the next time the Braves are in a skid.
Home runs by Michael Bourn and Dan Uggla staked Randall Delgado to an early four-run lead, and the Braves hung on for a 5-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals to snap an eight-game slide that was the Braves’ longest since April 2010.
“Everybody knows how bad we’ve been scuffling, ain’t no secret,” said Uggla, who hit a three-run homer with two out in the third inning for a 4-0 lead. “Just to get this first one, kind of ease the tension, ease the pressure a little bit, remember what this feels like, I think was obviously a big night.”
Delgado (3-5) allowed six hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings for his first win