Dan Uggla singled in his third at-bat Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to 24 games, matching Gary Sheffield for the fourth longest in Atlanta Braves history.

"All that stuff is bittersweet because bottom line, we need a win," said Uggla, after the Braves 9-3 loss to the Nationals, their third in a row. "You're just finding a way to try to get on base."

Uggla was a little more emphatic the night before when he went 3-for-4 with two home runs on Monday night to reach 23 games and match Edgar Renteria (2006) for the fifth-longest streak in Atlanta history.

Uggla hit as many home runs Monday night as Renteria did in his entire streak in 2006. Uggla hit 10 home runs over those 23 games, including one in his first at-bat Monday to eliminate all suspense early.

Uggla's batting average was .178 when the streak started on July 5. He was hitting .212 after Tuesday's game. So what happened? He says he just feels now like he usually feels – like himself.