8/11/2014 12:05 A.M. ET
J. Upton homers for 1,000th career hit, 500th RBI
By Joe Morgan / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Justin Upton reached two milestones with one swing, notching his 1,000th career hit and his 500th career RBI when he took Gio Gonzalez deep with a solo homer to left field on Sunday night at Turner Field.
But perhaps his biggest accomplishment was warding off the teasing of Freddie Freeman, who has been in Upton's ear since the left fielder collected hit No. 999 on a two-run homer he smacked against Stephen Strasburg on Friday night.
"Freddie Freeman decided that every single day he was going to remind me how close I was," Upton said. "I finally got it done tonight."
Upton's blast came on the 10th pitch of the at-bat, an 84-mph changeup. He fell behind 0-2 before working his way up to a full count. Upton, 26, then fouled off three straight pitches before homering to tie the game at 1.
B.J. Upton, 29, also achieved his 1,000th career hit and 500th career RBI in 2014, doing so with two different swings on April 26 and July 18, respectively.
"A thousand hits and 500 RBIs all in the same swing," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's something you can talk about for a long time."
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.