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The Natural: Gattis hits first career grand slam, Braves rout Twins 8-3 for 6th straight win

  • Atlanta Braves' Evan Gattis, right, high-fives teammate Ramiro Pena after hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning of a baseball game as Minnesota Twins catcher Ryan Doumit, center rear, stands at home plate, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)The Associated Press

  • Atlanta Braves' Evan Gattis hits a grand slam in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)The Associated Press

  • Atlanta Braves' Jordan Schafer high-fives teammate Freddie Freeman, left, after scoring off a single by Jason Heyward in the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)The Associated Press

  • Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Paul Maholm throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)The Associated Press

  • Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Vance Worley throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)The Associated Press

Evan Gattis kept up an amazing rookie season with his first grand slam, B.J. Upton and Ramiro Pena also homered, and the Atlanta Braves finished off a sweep of the woeful Minnesota Twins 8-3 Wednesday.

The Braves stretched their winning streak to six games and made things easy for Paul Maholm (6-4), who allowed an unearned run in 7 1-3 innings.

Gattis struck less than 24 hours after his two-out, pinch-homer in the ninth allowed the Braves to pull out a 5-4 win over the Twins in extra innings. Swinging on a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth, he launched an opposite-field drive just inside the right-field pole.

Vance Worley (1-5) gave up eight runs in 3 2-3 innings in the Twins' eighth straight loss.