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Ex-Red Francisco, Uggla flex muscle

CINCINNATI — Dan Uggla and Juan Francisco helped Atlanta quickly forget a terrible ending.

Uggla hit a pair of solo homers and Francisco added his first career grand slam as the Braves recovered from a stunning last-swing loss by beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 Wednesday.

Atlanta took two of three in the series, the first the Reds lost at home this season. The Reds are 13-6 at Great American Ball Park, the most home wins in the majors.

Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo hit two-out homers in the ninth inning for Cincinnati's 5-4 win on Tuesday night. A day later, one of the NL's top power teams got the better of it. Atlanta came into the game tied with Colorado for the NL lead with 44 homers.

Uggla had solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings off Mike Leake (2-2), his first multihomer game this season. Leake pitched into the eighth, ending a streak of six straight subpar starts by the Reds rotation. "One of those less stressful wins, I guess you could say," Uggla said.

The Braves took all the stress out of it by sending nine batters to the plate for five runs in the eighth off three Reds pitchers. Francisco hit the Braves' first grand slam of the season off J.J. Hoover, the player he was traded for last year.

"Juan's got some juice," Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "You just get the ball up in the air here."

Francisco said he got no extra pleasure from hitting the grand slam against the team that traded him away.

"It just felt good that I got first grand slam in major leagues," he said.

The top of the lineup had a big day, too. Jordan Schafer had three hits, and Andrelton Simmons had a career-high four hits in the top two spots.

Left-hander Mike Minor (4-2) allowed four hits in seven innings, including Zack Cozart's homer in the third. He got Leake to fly out with two out and two aboard in the seventh. Last year, Leake homered off Minor's changeup. This time, he got nothing but fastballs.

"Minor looks like he has more confidence than he did last year," Leake said.

Cincinnati loaded the bases with no outs in the second. Donald Lutz flied out to left, and Evan Gattis threw out a tagging Brandon Phillips at the plate.


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