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Derek Lowe Uses Arm, Bat to Lead Atlanta Braves to Victory

July 5th, 2011 at 10:46 PM
By Cory Guinn

Derek Lowe was stellar on the mound and at the plate as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-3 for their 12th win in the last 15 games on Tuesday night.

Lowe picked up his second win in a row and fifth of the season after pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out four batters. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 26th save of the season and tie the MLB record for most saves before the All-Star break for a rookie.

At the plate, Lowe provided his own offense finishing the game 1-for-2 with his third double of the season and three RBI.

Freddie Freeman continued his recent hot streak as he hit a solo home run, his 12th of the season, in the second inning to give Atlanta a lead the would never give up.

After a Chipper Jones double to begin the fourth inning and back-to-back two-out walks by Dan Uggla and Nate Mclouth, Lowe stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and cranked a three-run double to left field to push the Braves lead to 4-0.

The Rockies would pull within one run after scoring two runs in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth before Uggla put the game away with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth, his 13 home run of the season. Uggla finished the game a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored, a sign that he may be ready to break out of his first half hitting slump.

The Philadelphia Phillies blew out the Florida Marlins 14-3 to keep the Braves four game back in the NL East standings.

In the third game of the four-game series, Braves ace Jair Jurrjens (11-3, 1.89 ERA) will be matched up against the struggling Aaron Cook (0-3, 4.66 ERA) in tomorrow's 7:10 p.m. game at Turner Field.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, Derek Lowe, Freddie Freeman, MLB

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