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Freddie Freeman Provides Fireworks as Atlanta Braves Take Series Opener from Colorado Rockies

July 4th, 2011 at 10:45 PM
By Cody Fields

Tommy Hanson gave more reason Bruce Bochy to name him to the All-Star team Monday. Hanson held the Colorado Rockies to a single run over seven innings, as the Atlanta Braves took the series opener on Independance Day, 4-1.

Freddie Freeman provided the initial fireworks in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run opposite field homer after a Brian McCann single off of Ubaldo Jimenez.

That gave Hanson all the room he needed.

Hanson sat down the first 10 Rockies he faced before he surrendered his only walk of the game to Mark Ellis. Todd Helton then drove in Colorado's only run with an RBI single after Ellis stole second base.

Hanson would then go on to give up onlyl three more hits and total six strike outs for his 10th win of the season, already equaling his win total from 2010. His ERA now stands at 2.52

Atlanta remembered to keep hitting with the lead in the game as well. The bottom of the sixth saw All-Star starter Brian McCann lead off with his second hit of the ballgame, bringing his average up to .316. Jason Heyward then hit a double off the wall to bring in McCann. He was not credited with an RBI, however, as Jonathan Herrera was charged with an error on the relay.

That chased Jimenez from the game after only 5 1/3 innings.

After Hanson did his job for seven strong innings, Jonny Venters came in for his usual eighth inning spot, albeit having rested since June 29. Venters walked one in an otherwise perfect inning.

Freeman then blasted his second home run of the game off Matt Reynolds in the eighth for his first multi-homer game and his 11th homer of the year.

Craig Kimbrel came in and locked up his 25th save of the year with a perfect ninth, though he did not strike out a batter.

Chipper Jones was out after receiving a planned cortisone shot in his right knee Sunday night. He should be available Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Phillies outlasted the Florida Marlins in a pitchers' duel, keeping the Braves at 4 games back in the division.

Tuesday's 7:10 EDT start will see the Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin (8-5, 3.10 ERA) toe the rubber against Derek Lowe (4-6, 4.16 ERA).

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Craig Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman, Jonny Venters, MLB, Tommy Hanson

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