The Atlanta Braves ended their three-game losing streak by blasting three homers at Coors Field en route to taking the first game of a doubleheader from the Colorado Rockies, winning 4-3 in bitterly cold conditions.
The Braves scored all four of their runs off Rockies starter Jeff Francis, who currently holds an 8.44 ERA after being chased after four innings.
Justin Upton cranked his 10th homer of the year, tying a Braves record for the month of April, in the first inning to put the Braves on the board. After Chris Johnson started the second inning with a single, Dan Uggla hit his fourth homer of the year on a 3-1 count.
Evan Gattis would continue his storybook year with his sixth homer to start the sixth inning. That gave the Braves their final lead.
Mike Minor seemed to take a few innings to really get lose in such cold conditions in Denver while giving up three runs over six innings. He would give up the lead in the third inning when Dexter Fowler hit a lead-off triple and Josh Rutledge hit an RBI-single, but he and the bullpen would hang on after Gattis' homer.
In negative developments for the Braves, they still managed to go 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Uggla and B.J. Upton also struck out three times, lowering their respective averages to .155 and .167.
The Braves and Rockies will turn around and start game two of the doubleheader at 8:40 p.m.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Dan Uggla, Evan Gattis, Justin Upton, Mike Minor, MLB