ATLANTA, GA - MAY 1: Brandon Beachy #37 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 1, 2012 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Braves vs. Rockies: Atlanta Sweeps Colorado With 7-2 Win

Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla homered on Sunday as the Braves won their fourth game in five days.

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2012 MLB Standings: Braves Trail Nationals By Half Game

Its still very early in the 2012 Major League Baseball season but it is never too early to take a quick peek at the standings. Fresh off of a sweep of the Colorado Rockies, the Atlanta Braves are in second place and a half game behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East.

The Braves have won six of 10 and are two and a half games in front of third place New York. Miami is on the move after winning six straight games while the Philadelphia Phillies have sunk to last place in the division.


NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Washington 18 10 .642 0 Lost 1
Atlanta 18 11 .620 0.5 Won 3
New York 15 13 .535 3 Won 2
Miami 14 14 .500 4 Won 6
Philadelphia 14 15 .482 4.5 Won 1

(updated 5.7.2012 at 9:08 AM EDT)


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Braves vs. Rockies Series Recap: Freddie Freeman, Chipper Jones Lead Atlanta To Sweep

The Braves entered their three-game series with the Rockies on a bit of a skid, but the team got hot at the plate and received good enough performances out of their starting pitchers to keep them in the game to pick up a win. It was Atlanta's first sweep in Colorado since 2003 and their second this season.

Here are recaps for the three games played at Coors Field this past weekend.

Tim Hudson struggled early in game one, but a furious rally led by Freddie Freeman tied the game up in the middle innings. With the score still tied in the 11th inning, Eric Hinske belted a two-run homer into the right field bullpen to give the Braves a 9-7 lead. Craig Kimbrel surrendered one run in the bottom half of the frame, but slammed the door shut just in time to preserve a big 9-8 victory.

Mike Minor was roughed up early once again on Saturday evening, but five RBIs from Chipper Jones and key back-to-back homers from Matt Diaz and Jason Heyward propelled Atlanta to a 13-9 victory against Jamie Moyer and the Colorado bullpen. Livan Hernandez, who has appeared in 455 games, recorded the first save of his career.

In the series finale it was Brandon Beachy's time to shine. The young righty worked 6.1 excellent innings and held the Rockies scoreless for most of the game before surrendering two runs late. Freeman hit a three-run homer early to give the Braves a lead and they continued to add on throughout the afternoon on their way to winning by a score of 7-2.

The Braves will now head to Chicago to take on the Cubs for three games. The series will begin Monday night at 8:05 ET from beautiful Wrigley Field.

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Braves Complete Sweep Against Rockies As Brandon Beachy Spins A Gem

After trailing early on both Friday and Saturday, the Braves were the team to strike early and often on Sunday on their way to a 7-2 victory. The win completes a series sweep for Atlanta and also starts their nine-game road trip with a perfect 3-0 record. Against the National League West, the Braves are 8-2, with all 10 games coming on the road.

Brandon Beachy made the start and was excellent, working 6.1 innings and allowing just two runs to score in hitter-friendly Coors Field. He surrendered just four hits and three walks, striking out five in the process. Cristhian Martinez worked 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. Juan Nicasio started for Colorado and was not sharp, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks in 5+ innings of work.

Freddie Freeman continued to pound the Rockies and belted a three-run homer in the third inning to give Atlanta an early 3-0 lead. With the bases loaded and just one out, Tyler Pastornicky drove in a run with an RBI groundout in the fourth.

The Braves padded their lead once again in the sixth. Dan Uggla singled to drive in Freeman, and Juan Francisco, who was filling in for a resting Chipper Jones, drove in Uggla with an RBI-single up the middle to make the score 6-0.

The Rockies struck back for two runs in the seventh, chasing Beachy from the game, but Uggla added yet another run with a solo homer in the top of the eighth.

The Braves are playing some good baseball right now, folks. The led the entire league in runs scored by 11 at the beginning of Sunday, and adding seven more today can only help their cause moving forward. The team will not head to Chicago to take on the Cubs for three games.

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Braves Vs. Rockies Lineups: Chipper Jones Takes A Rest After Offensive Outburst On Saturday

The lineups have been posted for the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies for Sunday afternoon's series finale. The Braves will look to sweep the Rockies, but will do it without Chipper Jones in the lineup. Jones will be replaced by Juan Francisco as is customary for the greybeard that is Chipper.

Here are Sunday's lineups as first pitch is slated for 3:10pm Eastern.

Atlanta Braves Lineup

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Jason Heyward (L) RF
6. Juan Francisco (L) 3B
7. David Ross (R) C
8. Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS
9. Brandon Beachy (R) P

Colorado Rockies Lineup

1. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
2. Jonathan Herrera (S) 3B
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
4. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
5. Jason Giambi (L) 1B
6. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
7. Ramon Hernandez (R) C
8. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
9. Juan Nicasio (R) P

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Braves Vs. Rockies Game 3 Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Braves have made a habit of late of falling behind early and then rallying late. No doubt Fredi Gonzalez and the Braves would like to do things more conventional today with Brandon Beachy on the hill as Atlanta goes for a series sweep of the Rockies.

Atlanta came from behind in both of the first two games of the series. The Braves took Game 1 9-8 after some early struggles from Tim Hudson. Mike Minor got banged around in Game 2 but Atlanta charged back scoring 10 runs from the sixth inning on in a 13-9 win.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, May 6, 3:10 p.m. ET

Location: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

Pitching Matchup: Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.38 ERA) vs. Juan Nicasio (2-0, 4.40 ERA)

TV: Fox Sports South

Radio: 680 The Fan

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

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Braves Vs. Rockies Final Score: Chipper Jones' 5 RBIs Spark Atlanta's 13-9 Comeback

The Atlanta Braves' offense led by the bat of Chipper Jones once again saved them as they grabbed a 13-9 come from behind victory over the Colorado Rockies. Atlanta outscored the Rockies 10-1 from the sixth inning on overcoming Mike Minor's second straight start in which he struggled.

Colorado got off to a fast start against Minor scoring four times in the first off of a grand slam from Michael Cuddyer. Carlos Gonzalez doubled home two more in the second to increase the lead to 6-0.

Trailing 8-3 in the sixth, Atlanta's offense finally got in gear as Matt Diaz and Jason Heyward hit back-to-back homers to cut the deficit to 8-5. Later in the inning Chipper Jones brought in two more with a single and Freddie Freeman tied things up with a groundout.

Atlanta tacked on four more in the seventh and a single run in the ninth to escape with a wild 13-9 win.

Chipper Jones led the way for the Braves with three hits and a career-high tying five RBIs. Matt Diaz also had three and Michael Bourn two for Atlanta. Carlos Gonzalez went 4 for 4 for the Rockies.

Mike Minor struggled and saw his ERA balloon to 5.97 after allowing 10 hits and eight runs in just five innings of work. Cristhian Martinez picks up the win for the Braves with a scoreless inning of relief. Livan Hernandez retired the final five outs of the game to earn his first save. Esmil Rogers takes the loss for Colorado.

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Braves vs. Rockies Lineups: Martin Prado Sits Once Again With Flu-Like Symptoms

The Atlanta Braves are coming off a big 9-8 victory in extra innings on Friday night, cashing in on a key two-run homer from Eric Hinske in the 11th inning. They'll face the Rockies once again on Saturday evening at Coors field and will send Mike Minor to the mound. Despite a rough previous start, Minor has been excellent for Atlanta in 2012. The Rockies will counter with 49-year-old Jamie Moyer and his slow, slower and slowest fastball arsenal.

Martin Prado is sitting once again due to an illness. Here is the rest of the Atlanta lineup for tonight:

Michael Bourn CF
Chipper Jones 3B
Freddie Freeman 1B
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Matt Diaz LF
Jason Heyward RF
Tyler Pastornicky SS
Mike Minor P

First pitch from Colorado is set for 6:10 p.m., which is 8:10 ET.

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Atlanta Braves Vs. Colorado Rockies: Saturday Probables, TV Schedule And More

After scratching out 19 hits in an 11 inning, 8-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday, the Atlanta Braves will take on the Rockies again on Saturday, in the second game of a three-game set.

Mike Minor will look to quiet Colorado's bats, as he draws the start for the Braves. Minor is 2-2 with a deceptively high 4.68 ERA. Minor's WHIP sits at a cool 1.13, and he has held opponents to a .254 batting average. Minor has also done well missing bats, as he's struck out 30 in 32.2 innings of work, while only walking eight batters on the year.

Atlanta's bats will look to stay hot as they take on 49 year old Jamie Moyer. Despite averaging less than 80 mph with his fastball on the year, Moyer is 1-2 with a 3.14 ERA -- which, unfortunately for Moyer, is deceptively low. Moyer's ERA is due to rise eventually, as he's currently sporting a 1.57 WHIP and is allowing opponents to hit .308 off of him. Expect the Braves to put quite a few balls in play tonight as well, as Moyer has struck out only 16 in 28.2 innings on the year.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET from Coors Field in Colorado. Televised coverage can be found on PRIME TV, Fox Sports South or MLB Network, so take your pick.

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Braves Defeat Rockies 9-8 On Eric Hinske's Extra Inning Home Run

The Braves trailed the Rockies by a score of 5-0 early on Friday night, but a couple of mid-inning rallies and a late homer from Eric Hinske sealed a 9-8 for Atlanta. Tim Hudson made the start and rebounded nicely after a rough first inning, working six frames while allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits and three walks. He struck out six.

Freddie Freeman continued to punish the Rockies in the third inning with a huge two-run homer to right, his fifth of the season and seventh of his young career against Colorado. In the fifth, Chipper Jones drove in a run with an RBI-single up the middle, and he and Freeman were driven in on a Brian McCann single. Eric Hinske capped off the fifth with an RBI-double to give the Braves a 6-5 lead.

That lead was held for about three minutes as Hudson surrendered a solo homer to Jonathan Herrera to lead off the bottom half of the fifth. Chipper responded in the top of the six with a solo home run of his own, just to see that lead erased once again in the bottom of the sixth on a Tyler Colvin RBI-groundout.

The two clubs remained tied at 7-7 until the 11th inning. Eric Hinske came up and hit a ball to right-center field, just clearing the wall to give Atlanta a 9-7 lead. Craig Kimbrel allowed a run to score in his inning of work, but he managed to close out the game with a one run lead intact.

The Braves and Rockies will meet again on Saturday evening. It'll be Mike Minor vs. Jamie Moyer on the mound. First pitch is set for 8:10 ET.

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Braves Vs. Rockies Score Update: Atlanta Gets Smacked Around In First, Battles Back In Third

For those of you watching Game 3 of the NBA playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics, well, you might want to keep doing that. Following the first inning in game one of a three-game weekend set between the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies, it appears as though the Braves are in for a long night.

In the bottom of the first, the Rockies exploded for five runs on four hits against Tim Hudson. Jonathon Herrera opened the hit parade with a double, which was followed up by back-to-back walks to Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki. Todd Helton opened the scoring with an RBI double that brought in both Herrera and Gonzalez. Michael Cuddyer then knocked in Tulowitzki with a single, before Dexter Fowler cleared the bases with an RBI single. Hudson finally got out of the inning when he struck out the pitcher Guillermo Moscoso.

Despite being behind, the Braves battled back in the third when Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homerun.

Heading into the bottom of the third, the Rockies lead by a score of 5-2.

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Chipper Jones' Knee Feels Fine, Excited To Bat Second Friday Against Rockies

A day after the Atlanta Braves wrapped up a three-game set against the Philadelphia Philles, the team traveled to Colorado to take on the Rockies for the first time this season. However, it won't be the only first of the season for the club; for the first time all year, Chipper Jones will be playing the day after a long plane ride.

After having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on March 26, Jones has experienced discomfort and swelling in his knee after plane rides, which has forced the 40-year old vet to miss games. On Friday, Jones experienced only minimal swelling and was feeling increasingly better than previous times after a day of travel, which he attributes to his rehab and strength program.

In addition, Jones is excited about the prospects of batting in the two-hole after batting in the sixth position for the majority of the season. Via the Atlanta Journal Constitution's website:

"I got kind of misty – get to hit in the first inning," Jones said of seeing his name in the second spot in the lineup. "Forgot what that feels like."

Jones isn't the only one happy to see his name in the lineup card tonight; the Braves are 11-2 when he starts and 4-9 when he is out of the lineup.

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Braves vs. Rockies Lineups: Chipper Jones Batting Second, Martin Prado Rests

The Atlanta Braves are looking to get back on track this weekend in beautiful Colorado as they take on the Rockies for three games. With an offense that has been in a funk over the course of the last week or so, you can bet the players are looking forward to a couple of games in hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Atlanta is currently in a stretch of playing 33 games in 34 days, so resting guys is crucial in order to keep everyone refreshed on the diamond. On Friday night, Martin Prado will get the game off. Eric Hinske will handle left field, and Chipper Jones will move up and bat in Prado's customary No. 2 spot in the lineup. Here are the lineups for tonight:

Braves:

Michael Bourn CF
Chipper Jones 3B
Freddie Freeman 1B
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Jason Heyward RF
Eric Hinske LF
Jack Wilson SS
Tim Hudson

Rockies:

Marco Scutaro 2B
Jonathan Herrera 3B
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Todd Helton 1B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Ramon Hernandez C
Dexter Fowler CF
Guillermo Moscoso P

First pitch is set for 8:40 ET this evening.

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Braves Vs. Rockies: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

The Braves begin another road trip at Coors Field, where Tim Hudson looks for a second start after back surgery that was consistent as his first.

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