Jordan Schafer began the game with a triple to deep center field, signaling the beginning of a long but successful night for the Atlanta Braves offense as they downed the Colorado Rockies 9-1 on Wednesday night.
Scott Linebrink, George Scherrill and Scott Proctor combined to pitch three scoreless innings to end the game as Johnny Venters and Craig Kimbrel were able to rest their arms.
Atlanta was up 2-0 before ever recording an out after back-to-back RBIs by Alex Gonzalez and Brian McCann. Eric Hinske then hit a two-out single to increase the lead to 3-0 after the first inning.
The Braves added two more runs in the seventh inning on a sacrifice hit by Jason Heyward and an RBI-single by Schafer before Dan Uggla drove in the final two runs of the game with a two-run home run in the eighth inning, his 14th of the season.
After back-to-back multi-hit games, Uggla has raised his average to .183 after hovering around the .150 mark for much of the first half.
Sachafer led the offense with a 4-for-6 night at the plate, including a triple, a run scored and an RBI.
Jones (2), Uggla (2), McCann (1), Gonzalez (1) and Hinske (1) also recorded RBIs in the game.
The final game of the four-game series is schedule to start tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 p.m. with veteran Tim Hudson (7-6, 3.57 ERA) matched up against young Juan Nacasio (3-1, 4.10 ERA).
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