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Uggla’s 3-run homer, Prado’s 4 hits help Braves beat Marlins

MIAMI – Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer in a four-run first inning against his old team, but for a while it looked like the Braves’ Monday blues were back when they frittered away most of a six-run lead at Marlins Park.

They have found all sorts of unusual ways to win recently and did again, building a 6-0 lead after 3-1/2 innings, then seeing Tim Hudson give most of it back before the Braves finished off a 7-5 series-opening win against Miami that moved them a half-game closer to NL East leader Washington.

Martin Prado went 4-for-4 with two RBIs for the Braves, who pushed their winning streak to four and got to five games behind the Nationals, who were off Monday after getting swept by the Braves in a three-game series that ended Sunday night in Atlanta.

“We got a six-run lead and kind of let them back in the game,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Nevertheless, we won the ballgame. The bullpen did a terrific job. Prado had a great night offensively. Danny had …

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Braves postgame quotes after Sunday’s win over Nats

CHIPPER JONES

On if feel not out of the division yet:

“They’ve got a pretty tough schedule down the stretch. They’re playing a lot of teams still in the hunt for that last wildcard spot. I think it was just big for us to kind of prove to ourselves that we could come out and play good consistent baseball against them for three straight games. Obviously tonight beating Gio who is going to be a 20-game winner in the league this year is big for us. It was an ESPN game, a lot of people watching. They handled us pretty good early in the season. I think we’ve won the last four against them. you’ve got to clear certain humps along the way and the Nationals are one of those humps for us.”

On coming back after series in Milwaukee:

“I think we’ve played well all throughout September to be honest with you. We got hurt by the big inning in Milwaukee where we didn’t make a pitch or didn’t make a play and it ended up costing us a big inning there. You file those away as …

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Next for Braves: Miami Marlins

Series preview: at Marlins

When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday (SPSO)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Monday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (14-6, 3.66 ERA) vs. LH Wade LeBlanc (2-4, 2.95)

Tuesday: Braves LH Paul Maholm (12-10, 3.90) vs. RH Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.71)

Wednesday: Braves RH Kris Medlen (8-1, 1.62) vs. RH Josh Johnson (8-12, 3.81)

About the Braves:

Batting: Jason Heyward had hit two home runs in his past three games entering Sunday to extend his career-high to 27 on the season. He’s hitting .340 (16-for-47) with two doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs this season against the Marlins. Freeman came within a double of hitting for the cycle Saturday. He was 6-for-12 with a double, a triple and a homer in three games since Fredi Gonzalez rested him in the second game in Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Pitching: Hudson has given up four or more runs every other start since Aug. 8 in Philadelphia, including four runs in 6 2/3 innings of a loss Tuesday in Milwaukee. …

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Braves quotes after Saturday’s win over Nationals

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On the game

“Great team win, crazy win, especially the way those first two innings started. We kicked the ball around, really that second inning. I thought Tommy did a great job the next three innings settling down. I thought his last two innings might have been his best two innings of the game. He kept his head and kept us in the ballgame and we just kept scoring some runs. Freeman had a great night offensively and Danny with the double. And we win a ball game on a hit by pitch. It seems like we’ve been winning some ballgames in crazy ways, but we’ll take it. Sometimes you lose in crazy ways also.”

On if Hanson just missing early on

“I thought so. I didn’t see anything glaring other than he gave up a two-run homer to Rochy. And then we that second inning we kind of played Bad News Bear baseball and luckily only gave up two runs. But the guys spirits stayed in there, in the fight. We kept crawling back, crawling back, and we ended up winning.”

On …

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Braves quotes after Friday’s win against Nationals

**FREDI GONZALEZ

Team feed off the crowd?

“I thought they fed off the crowd a little bit, and I thought they fed off of Medlen. They really like playing behind him and the way he goes about his business.”

On having extra players to use on expanded roster in September

“I’m not a real proponent of September call-ups or having 35 guys on the bench, but it helped us today. I’m the first one to say, hey, limit it to 29 or 30. But we took advantage of it today, getting the matchups we wanted.”

On taking wins any way can get them

“We’ll take it. You know what keep putting people on base and something’s going to break. We got 10 hits today, hit the ball hard, had some people on base. We’ll take it. We had a sac fly RBI by Simmons, whatever it takes.”

On Kimbrel striking out the side on 10 pitches in the ninth

“He wasted one pitch too many.” [laughter].

“He feeds off the crowd, too. It was nice to see.”

**KRIS MEDLEN

On setting a career high for …

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Braves closer to moving Class-A affiliate to N.C.

The Braves hope to move their high Class-A Lynchburg affiliate to Wilmington, N.C., for the 2015 season, and moved closer to that goal by reaching a tentative agreement this week with Mandalay Baseball Properties and the city of Wilmington, N.C., to build a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium on the city’s riverfront.

The Wilmington City Council is expected to approve the plan on Tuesday, which would leave one major hurdle to clear – a Nov. 6 bond referendum. The tentative agreement calls for the Braves to sign a 20-year-lease to play in the proposed ballpark.

“Moving our high-A minor league team affiliation to Wilmington, North Carolina would be a huge benefit to the players and development staff in our organization,” said Mike Plant, Braves executive vice president of business operations, in an email. “That’s Braves Country and it is a wonderful community where we already have a tremendous fan base. These are a few of the reasons we have made an unprecedented …

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Series preview: Braves vs. Nationals

Series preview: Braves vs. Nationals

When (TV): 7:35 p.m. Friday (WPCH), 4:05 p.m. Saturday (Fox), 8:05 p.m. Sunday (ESPN)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Friday: Braves RH Kris Medlen (8-1, 1.64 ERA) vs. LH Ross Detwiler (9-6, 3.23)

Saturday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.35) vs. RH Edwin Jackson (9-10, 3.85)

Sunday: Braves LH Mike Minor (8-10, 4.42) vs. LH Gio Gonzalez (19-7, 2.93)

About the Braves:

Batting: Michael Bourn has hit .177 (14-for-79) with one extra-base hit, five runs, 21 strikeouts and a .495 OPS in his past 22 games…. Freddie Freeman has hit .196 (19-for-97) with four homers and a .687 OPS in his past 28 games…. Chipper Jones is 15-for-65 (.231) with more errors (three) than extra-base hits (two) in his past 19 games…. While many Braves have struggled lately, Martin Prado has hit .308 with 14 extra-base hits (four HRs), 19 RBIs and an .826 OPS in his past 31 games.

Pitching: Medlen has won six consecutive starts and is 7-0 with a …

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Braves postgame quotes after Wednesday’s loss

FREDI GONZALEZ

On the big inning coming back to bite:

“All three games, it’s been one inning. They put a big number up, whether we walk a guy or make a misplay. It was one of those things, early in the game we made some great defensive plays. And the guys were bouncing everywhere and you thought ‘OK, here we go, we’re turning it around, we got a couple quick runs.’ But you know, it’s hard to win ball games when we score three runs in three games.”

On if trying to get through Ishikawa with lefty/lefty:

“Yeah, we’ve got those two left-handers. We’ve got Schafer there, since Gomez came out of the game, and try to get the two match-ups there. You feel good that Paulie can handle those guys and obviously that didn’t happen.”

On if off day is happening at right time, to regroup:

“Yeah it is. Going into this series we won three with the Mets, but it wasn’t like we were hitting on all cylinders offensively. We won a couple tight ballgames. We need to get …

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Chipper gets bratwurst from the Brewers

Milwaukee – When a reporter from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel asked Chipper Jones at the All-Star game what he’d like as a retirement gift from the Brewers, he said without hesitation: “bratwurst.”

He was serious. Tom Haudricourt relayed word to the Brewers, who had Ryan Braun, former Brewers player and current special assistant Craig Counsell and the famed “Racing Sausages” present Jones with a gas grill and a year’s supply of Klement’s sausages before Wednesday’s series finale.

Jones wore a huge grin throughout the presentation. This is a gift he’ll enjoy sharing with his four sons.

“I love them,” Jones said. “We all do.”

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Braves postgame quotes after Tuesday’s loss

FREDI GONZALEZ

On balls to track, two with runners on:

“Well, we didn’t swing the bats. I mean we swung the bats hard, let me say, even in the first inning when Prado lines out to first base. We just couldn’t get it off the wall or in front of them to get some runs. We’ve got to keep swinging. We scored one run yesterday, none today. We go out tomorrow and win the ballgame, we go 4-2 on the road trip and we’ll take that. Right now we’re not feeling real good about ourselves because we haven’t swung the bats but you feel always optimistic that you’ll get a good performance tomorrow, start swinging the bats and it’s a 4-2 road trip and we’ll have a happy plane right going back home. I thought Huddy was nails. That seventh inning got a little crazy with a call here or there and ground ball that got through that maybe shouldn’t have, but again bottom line is we didn’t swing the bats.”

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