Originally written on hardballchat.com  |  Last updated 10/18/14
The Atlanta Braves returned home for a quick two-game stand with the Kansas City Royals. Atlanta is the hottest team in baseball right now and the win streak has now hit 10 straight for the Braves with a 6-3 victory. While pitching has been a major reason that the Braves hold the best record in baseball, the offense opened up on Tuesday night as Atlanta belted five solo home runs to defeat the Royals. Justin Upton drilled his major league leading eighth homer of the year, his only hit of the game in the Braves portion of the eighth inning. Upton has been on fire early on this season but has just 11 RBIs to show for his performance at the plate. His batting average sits at .340. While Justin has been red hot lately, his brother, B.J., continues to struggle along with many of the others in the Braves lineup. The former Tampa Bay Rays player is managing just a .152 batting average so far this season. Right fielder Jason Heyward is among those struggling at the plate. Despite adding one of the solo shots Tuesday night, his batting average hovers at .116. 2B Dan Uggla, who has just six hits in his last 10 games added a solo shot as well. Uggla is suffering a slump at the plate as well, hitting just .178. Despite hitting just .258 as a team, the Braves have relied on the long ball during this current win streak, leading the majors with 25  after 13 games while Atlanta enjoys a +42 run differential. With the Washington Nationals losing Tuesday night, the Braves currently enjoy a 4 1/2 game lead in the NL East. The post Atlanta Braves keep rolling, win 10th by defeating the Kansas City Royals appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.
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