The Atlanta Braves limped into Great American Ball Park three days ago, injured and suffering through an offensive funk.
Now, they’re one win away from a four-game sweep.
Atlanta looks to continue its resurgence as it faces the struggling Cincinnati Reds in the series finale.
The Braves have orchestrated an impressive turnaround in Cincinnati, winning the first three games despite having three starting pitchers on the disabled list. Atlanta hadn’t won three in a row since a sweep of the New York Mets from May 23-25.
Julio Franco homered twice for his first multi-homer game since 1996 in Atlanta’s 6-1 victory Saturday.
Andruw Jones took the NL lead with his 19th homer, his seventh in the last eight days, and Johnny Estrada sealed the victory with a two-run shot in the eighth off Kent Mercker, giving Atlanta nine homers in the last two games.
Cincinnati has lost six in a row, falling a season-worst 16 games below .500.
The Reds had no trouble getting men on base Saturday, but they struggled to bring them home. Cincinnati stranded 13 baserunners, including 12 in scoring position.
“It’s just inconsistency,” said Reds manager Dave Miley. “You go four or five days where you swing the bats well, and three days later (we don’t). We have to make better adjustments.”