Freddie Freeman is public enemy no. 1 for the Colorado Rockies right now.
The Atlanta Braves' rookie, who has hit .526 and slugged 1.368 against the Rockies this year, hit his fifth home run against them in as many games as Atlanta took the first of four games at Coors Field 7-4.
Derek Lowe helped get the scoring underway on a grounder with the bases loaded in the top of the second. He hit a grounder to Ty Wiggington. Wiggington lollypopped the throw to Todd Helton, and Helton lost the ball in the sun, allowing Freeman and Uggla to score.
The top of the third saw Brian McCann hit a one-out single, followed by Freeman's blast to center field. Two batters later, Eric Hinske launched his own solo shot into the second deck in right field.
Alex Gonzalez also helped chase Rockies starter Jason Hammel after five innings with his own RBI single. Hammel gave up six runs – four earned – in to drop to 5-9 on the year.
Freeman later hit into a fielder's choice against Eric Stults in the the sixth inning to bring his RBI total against Colorado to 10.
Lowe turned out a reasonably strong outing of 6 1/3 innings to bring his record to 6-7. His eight hits allowed four runs, two of which were inherited by Eric O'Flaherty in the seventh inning.
Jonny Venters took the opportunity in the eighth to lower his ERA to 1.41, though he did walk a batter. Craig Kimbrel then earned his 29th save of the year, the most in the majors, by striking out the side.
Jason Heyward was scratched from the lineup with a sore foot. The foot was bruised after being hit by a pitch Sunday.
The Philadelphia Philles dropped their game to the Chicago Cubs Monday, meaning the Braves are now 2.5 games back in the division.
Tuesday's 8:40 EDT start will see Atlanta rookie Brandon Beachy (3-1, 3.21 ERA) lock horns with Ubaldo Jimenez (5-8, 4.08 ERA).Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Craig Kimbrel, Derek Lowe, Eric Hinske, Jonny Venters, MLB
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