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Colorado Rockies Ride 10 Walks to Rout of Atlanta Braves

July 20th, 2011 at 12:12 AM
By Cody Fields

Brandon Beachy was not his usual self while Ubaldo Jimenez returned to his 2010 form as the Colorado Rockies trounced the Atlanta Braves 12-3.

Beachy could not buy an out as he walked five, allowed nine hits and surrendered six runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Beachy's problems started early. He walked Carlos Gonzalez to lead off the first, which was followed two batters later by a Todd Helton double. Troy Tulowitzki cleared the bases with his 18th homer of the year. His troubles continued in the bottom of the second when he gave up a two-run home run to Gonzalez. The bottom of the third saw Seth Smith double home Tulowitzki.

Although the Rockies were done scoring on Beachy, he still struggled with location and racked up over 100 pitches in less than five innings.

And then the Rockies teed off on the Braves' bullpen.

Smith shot a triple off Cory Gearrin over Jordan Schafer's head to drive home Helton. After intentionally walking Ian Stewart and issuing a regular free pass to Chris Ianetta, Gearrin gave up a bases loaded triple to Dexter Fowler.

In the seventh, Smith drove in Helton again with a sacrifice fly, and Ianetta doubled home Tulowitzki to cap off Colorado's scoring.

Meanwhile, Jimenez was busy carving up the Atlanta offense. He struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings He walked just two and gave up two runs on seven hits.

The lone bright spots for Atlanta were Dan Uggla's two solo home runs off Jimenez and Brian McCann's two hits, which brought his average to .313. Uggla has now hit safely in 11 straight ballgames, and his average has climbed to .195.

Jason Heyward sat for a second straight game with a bruised left foot. He is still day-to-day.

The Philadelphia Phillies took back the ground they lost yesterday in a win over the Chicago Cubs. The Braves are now 3.5 games behind them for the division lead.

Tim Hudson (9-6, 3.44 ERA) will pitch for Atlanta in Wednesday's 8:40 EDT start against Colorado's Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.24 ERA).

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Beachy, Brian McCann, Colorado Rockies, Dan Uggla, MLB, Troy Tulowitzki, Ubaldo Jimenez

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