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Dan Uggla extends hitting streak to 33 games

Dan Uggla

Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) keeps his club-record 33-game hitting streak alive with a single off Chicago Cubs pitcher Randy Wells (36) in the first inning of a baseball game on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Tulis)


The ride continues.

Braves infielder Dan Uggla got right to work Saturday against the Cubs, knocking a single to center field in the bottom of the first inning to extend his major league-best hitting streak to 33 games.

Uggla then homered to lead off the fourth inning before getting hit by a pitch in the sixth.

He flied out to left field in the seventh inning, then drew a walk during a failed rally in the ninth, finishing the evening 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Uggla got off to a rough start with the Braves this year, batting just .185/.257/.365 in 374 plate appearances before the All-Star break. But he’s been scorching hot since mid-July and now boasts a rapidly improving .753 OPS. The 31-year-old has also tallied 27 home runs and 61 RBI for Wild Card-leading Atlanta.

Uggla will try to keep the streak rolling in Sunday’s series finale against Cubs righty Matt Garza.