One day later, Dan Uggla has his hitting streak extended

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Dan Uggla’s hitting streak, halted at 14 games when he went 0-for-3 with a walk Sunday, was restored Monday after an official scorer changed his mind about a sixth-inning grounder.

The grounder, originally ruled an error by Miguel Cairo, was changed to a hit today, extending Uggla’s hitting streak to 15 games.

Even though he has a modest 18 hits during the 15 games, Uggla’s average has climbed from .173 to .197 during the streak.  If he can keep it going just a little longer, he could see .200 again for the first time since May 17.

Uggla has been quite a bit better than the average suggests for a while now, though.  Since June 12, he has 11 homers, 24 RBI and 16 walks in 36 games.  In his first 65 games, he had seven homers, 16 RBI and 19 walks.

Kenley Jansen’s consecutive saves streak ends at 34

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.

Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.

After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.

Zach Britton sets American League record with 55th consecutive save

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Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.

Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.

Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.