Martin Prado is usually known as a sure-handed defender, but the it was the one that got away from in the bottom of the ninth inning that led to the Colorado Rockies taking the third game of the series against the Atlanta Braves.
With Eric O'Flaherty on the hill with two outs in the final frame, Dexter Fowler hit a chopper to third, but Prado backed up on the ball, hesitated, and the ball got through his legs. Fowler took second on the error, so O'Flaherty intentionally walked Ty Wiggington to set up the lefty-lefty matchup with Carlos Gonzalez.
Gonzalez then lined a single to right field, and the Rockies took a 2-1 one lead with a 3-2 win.
That was the only damage Hudson took in seven mostly masterful innings. He struck out five and walked only one, but he also plunked batters in each of his last two innings. Hitting Helton in the sixth eventually resulted in a bases loaded jam with two outs, but Hudson got Ian Stewart to line out to Dan Uggla to get out of it.
Uggla also extended his hitting streak to a career high 12 games in the eighth inning when the tied the contest with an RBI single. Jordan Schafer had singled to right to lead off the inning and stole his second bag of the game the pitch before to put him in scoring position, resulting in a blown save for Matt Lindstrom and costing Juan Nicasio a win.
Nicasio was solid on his own accord. The Rockies' also threw seven innings with good control, issuing only an intentional walk on five hits. The only run he gave up came on a David Ross RBI double in the second inning.
Though the game featured two more errors by the Rockies, one of those being catcher's interference on Eliezer Alfonzo in the top of the eighth, it was their defense that may have saved the game in the sixth inning. The Braves had runners on second and third with no one out, but Prado got thrown at home on an Uggla grounder by Stewart. Mark Ellis made a diving stop to throw out Jason Heyward for the second out, and Troy Tulowitzki ended the inning with a barehanded play after Nicasio deflected a groundball hit by Alex Gonzalez.
Rockies closer Huston Street picked up his first win after a perfect ninth inning, though a pinch hitting Brian McCann nearly hit a go-ahead home run for the third out.
The loss coupled with the Philadelphia Phillies win over the Chicago Cubs bumped the Braves to 4.5 games behind the division lead.
Tommy Hanson (10-5, 2.73 ERA) will look to salvage a series split against Jhoulys Chacin (8-7, 3.37 ERA) at 8:40 EDT on Thursday.
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