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Freeman extends hit streak to 28 on RBI single

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MIAMI -- Freddie Freeman's National League Most Valuable Player credentials are rooted in the power that has helped him secure his first 30-homer campaign and become just the second player in Atlanta history to record 80 extra bases in a season. Now, he has a chance to record the longest hitting streak in the Majors this year.

Freeman moved a step closer to this achievement by extending his career-best hitting streak to 28 games, as the Braves bid adieu to their seven-game winning streak in a 6-4 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

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MIAMI -- Freddie Freeman's National League Most Valuable Player credentials are rooted in the power that has helped him secure his first 30-homer campaign and become just the second player in Atlanta history to record 80 extra bases in a season. Now, he has a chance to record the longest hitting streak in the Majors this year.

Freeman moved a step closer to this achievement by extending his career-best hitting streak to 28 games, as the Braves bid adieu to their seven-game winning streak in a 6-4 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

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"It was just another Freeman night," said Braves manager Brian Snitker, who has seen Freeman hit .374/.469/.645 and tally six homers during this hitting streak that dates back to Aug. 24.

Video: ATL@MIA: Freeman drills a solo homer to right field

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. compiled the big leagues' longest hitting streak this year, when he hit safely in 29 consecutive games from April 24-May 25. Freeman will have an opportunity to match it on Sunday and move one step closer to the Atlanta record 33-game hitting streak Dan Uggla put together in 2011.

Freeman joined Rico Carty (31 games in 1970), Rowland Office (29 in '76) and Marquis Grissom (28 in '96) as the only other players in Braves history, other than Uggla, to record a streak that spans at least 28 games.

"Streaks are cool, but they all end at some point," Freeman said. "I'm just happy that I've been able to remain consistent over the past 3 1/2 months."

Since batting .242/.336/.414 during his first 61 games of the season, Freeman has hit .347/.445/.673 over the 91 contests that have followed.

Freeman also extended his career-best on-base streak to 44 games when he singled off Wei-Yin Chen during Saturday's first inning. The only players in Atlanta history to record longer streaks were Gary Sheffield (52 games in 2002) and Dale Murphy (48 games in 1987).

After extending his streaks, Freeman began the sixth inning with a home run off former Atlanta teammate Hunter Cervenka. His 32 homers tie him with Adam LaRoche (2006) for the most hit by a Braves left-handed hitter during the Turner Field era.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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