Upton brothers lift Braves over Cubs in dramatic win

Published On April 7, 2013 | By Tyler Scionti

It was a scene that probably has not been played out in the past twenty or so years. B.J. Upton and Justin Upton are currently both playing for the Atlanta Braves, and with their parents watching the two both homered in the ninth inning to lift the Braves to a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs.

When the Braves signed B.J. and Justin Upton they did not just sign two of the best power hitting outfielders in the game, they signed a dynamic duo for the ages, the two brothers who can combine for some pretty spectacular plays to help their team win.

The Braves sunk into a hole early in the game, but rallied back to score three runs in the eighth inning from a 5-1 deficit. Still, the scoreboard favored the Cubs 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth as B.J. Upton stepped up to the plate. Upton homered to lead off the inning and tie the game, and one batter later his brother Justin did the same to hand the Braves the win.

What made it even more special was the fact that the brothers’ parents were in the stands watching, probably remembering similar heroics when the pair played together through little league. Both brothers had a great deal to say about the special moment they shared as they combined for two homers in the ninth to win the game.

“We’d never dreamed of being on the same team, much less coming out here and doing that,” B.J. Upton said. ”It’s exciting.”

”Ah, man, I think right now, in my mind, it’s No. 1,” Justin Upton said. ”It was exhilarating out there. We had a great time with it.”

The two went a combined 5-9 in the game with three RBI’s as the Braves surged forward to improve to 4-1 on the season as they cement their spot in first place. With the Upton brothers together at last there is no telling what potential they can reach together, but you can certainly expect many more stories like this from the pair.

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Hi I'm Tyler Scionti, I'm a member of the class of 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross where I study English and Economics. At school I cover a variety of sports while also writing a beat column on the Boston Red Sox.