Uggla slams Phils in ninth


The Braves keep showing they are resilient and powerful.

Dan Uggla hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the ninth inning, Monday night that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a wild 9-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Evan Gattis also homered twice and Uggla drove in five runs as the Braves won their fourth straight. The teams combined for five homers and 12 runs in the final two innings.

Gattis, Uggla and Andrelton Simmons hit consecutive homers in the eighth that put Atlanta ahead 5-1.

“We have a lot of guys who can change the game with one swing,” Uggla said. “Tonight we were able to put some at-bats together. Didn’t have much going early on but we were able to get to them.”

Domonic Brown’s three-run homer capped a five-run bottom of the eighth that gave the Phillies a 6-5 lead.

But the Braves rallied against Jake Diekman (1-1). B.J. Upton walked, Freddie Freeman reached on a grounder when second baseman Chase Utley made a questionable decision to try for a forceout and Justin Upton walked to load the bases with no outs.

After Gattis struck out swinging at a 158-kph fastball, Uggla drove an 0-1 slider from Diekman deep into the seats in left.

“(Diekman) has electric stuff,” Uggla said. “It’s not a comfortable at-bat at all. He throws really hard and has great stuff. We’ll take it.”

Padres 5, Rockies 4

In San Diego, the Padres scored twice in the eighth inning on Rex Brothers’ wild pitch and catcher Wilin Rosario’s errant throw back to the plate, lifting the Padres over Colorado.

Mets 7, Diamondbacks 3

In Phoenix, Arizona committed two key errors, Josh Collmenter gave up three early runs and the Diamondbacks lost their sixth straight home game, falling to New York.

Cardinals 4, Brewers 0

In Milwaukee, the Brewers’ nine-game winning streak was ended when Lance Lynn struck out 11 in seven innings and Jon Jay hit a three-run homer for St. Louis.

Pirates 7, Reds 7 (suspended)

In Cincinnati, Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers twice as Pittsburgh and the Reds combined for 10 homers in only six innings before rain forced a suspension.

The game will be resumed in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The Pirates hit six solo shots and Cincinnati had four homers, most of them into a heavy rain. Already, it’s the most homers in a major league game since 2006.

Nationals 9, Marlins 2

In Miami, Jordan Zimmermann bounced back from the shortest start of his career to pitch seven innings and lead Washington to a win over the Marlins.

Miami has endured eight losses in a row.

Bryce Harper had two doubles and an RBI triple for Washington.

Harper has batted .520 over his past seven games to boost his average to .348.


Athletics 3, Angels 2

In Anaheim, pinch hitter John Jaso came through with a two-run homer off closer Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning, sending Oakland to a victory over Los Angeles.

Yoenis Cespedes also went deep for the A’s, offsetting Albert Pujols’ 496th home run.

Orioles 7, Rays 1

In Baltimore, Chen Wei-yin took a four-hitter into the seventh and the Orioles got their offense back on track against Chris Archer in a victory over Tampa Bay.

Mariners 7, Rangers 1

In Arlington, Texas, Mike Zunino homered in the fifth, an inning before adding an RBI single in Seattle’s strange six-run outburst that included three Rangers errors and a replay reversal.