After winning the World Series with the San Francisco Giants in 2010, Juan Uribe signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2011 season. The decision to sign Uribe, who was 31 years old at the time, to a three-year deal, proved costly for the Dodgers in more ways than one.

Uribe largely struggled through the first two years of the contract and was relegated to the bench. In 2013, perhaps motivated by the prospects of being in a contract year, Uribe began to improve and evolved from a liability to an asset. The fun-loving veteran had his best 2013 regular season performance in the first of a three-game series with his former club.

With the Dodgers trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Uribe hit a double into left field with the bases loaded, scoring two runs. In his next at-bat with the bases again loaded, Uribe targeted left field and this time wound up with a bases-clearing triple that broke the game open. With the Dodgers holding an 8-1 lead in the eighth inning, Uribe capped his night off with a two-run homer.

The third baseman finished the game 3-for-5, a single shy of hitting for the cycle and with seven RBIs, which tied his career-high.
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