Prado continues to thrive in top spot

Prado continues to thrive in top spot

ATLNTA -- After continuing his success in the leadoff spot during Sunday's 11-1 over the D-backs, Martin Prado credited his success to hitting in front of the dangerous Jason Heyward.

"Having Heyward behind, everyone thinks, 'I got to face Heyward and then Chipper [Jones] and then all those big guys,'" Prado said. "The least they can worry about is me. I might be seeing more fastballs. That might be why. I didn't take many pitches today. I was swinging. I saw the ball and was swinging."

During Sunday's series finale, Prado went 4-of-6, which was highlighted by his first career multi-homer performance. He began the bottom of the first with a shot off Dan Haren, and provided the Braves more cushion with a sixth-inning leadoff shot.

"It's good [hitting a leadoff homer]," Prado said. "Sometimes you feel like you're going to have one good pitch to hit at least one at-bat during the game. That's very much the idea. I had a couple pitches to hit, and I could handle them."

Before this weekend's series against the D-backs, Prado had been leading the Braves with a .312 batting average and 44 hits. Even so, manager Bobby Cox decided to bump Prado to the top of the batting order. And in just three games, Prado hasn't disappointed, going 6-for-14 to raise his batting average to .323.

Cox plans on continuing to use Prado in the leadoff spot, with Heyward directly behind him in the two-hole.