Uggla, Freeman both push hit streaks forward

Uggla, Freeman both push hit streaks forward

Uggla, Freeman both push hit streaks forward
NEW YORK -- Over the past week, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman have owned the two longest hitting streaks at the Major League level. Now they own a piece of Braves history.

With the consecutive singles they produced during Saturday night's five-run third inning of an 11-7 loss to the Mets at Citi Field, Uggla and Freeman became the first Braves in the modern era to own hitting streaks of at least 20 games at the same time.

"It's awesome," Uggla said. "We're pulling for each other. I love watching him hit. He's a special kid. I'm loving seeing what he's doing. I'm sure he's just as excited to see me doing what I'm doing."

Uggla clinched the historical distinction with a slow roller that appeared to be going foul until Mets third baseman David Wright was forced to scoop it up along the third-base line. The infield single extended Uggla's Major League-best hitting streak to 27 games.

Moments earlier, Freeman had victimized Mets starter Jon Niese with a broken-bat RBI single that extended his streak to 20 games -- the second-longest streak for a rookie in Braves history. Alvin Dark owns the franchise rookie record with the 23-game streak he constructed in 1948.

Uggla added a seventh-inning single and a ninth-inning homer to give him his third three-hit game during the streak and improve his batting average to .220. The only time his average was higher this year was when he was hitting .222 after an April 7 game against the Brewers.

Rico Carty owns the Atlanta record, with the 31-game hitting streak he posted in 1970. Rowland Office (29 in 1976) and Marquis Grissom (28 in 1996) are the only other Atlanta players with streaks longer than Uggla's.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.