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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