Julio Teheran threw seven strong innings in his start, giving up one run in what was by far his best Major League start. He gave up plenty of hits, eight in all, but the only damage he incurred was an RBI-single by Michael Cuddyer in the third inning to give the Rockies an early lead.
From there though, Teheran buckled down. Through his seven innings, Teheran didn't walk a batter and threw only 90 pitches, and 70 of those were strikes.
"I never pitched in weather like this before," Teheran said on braves.com. "It was really cold the whole game, but I was trying not to think about it. I was just trying to concentrate on my pitches and something I did in the start before, trying to get ahead in counts."
Atlanta would then start using a combination of power and manufactured runs to stick it to the Rockies in their continued domination. In the top of the fourth inning, Freddie Freeman drew a one-out walk off Jon Garland, and he was followed by a long two-run homer by Juan Francisco to give the Braves the lead. Gerald Laird then singled and stole second, being driven in two batters later by Jordan Schafer and his RBI-single.
The fifth inning continued the homer barrage in a special way when B.J. Upton and Justin Upton started the inning with back-to-back homers. Justin Upton set a Braves record with his 11th home run in the month of April. He has also homered in every game in which B.J. Upton has hit a homer.
"I'm a mean little brother," Justin said.. "It's always cool when you can see him have success before you and then you go and do the same thing. It was definitely cool, and for us to tack on those runs we needed, it was nice."
One of the keys to Atlanta's success in the game was that they drew five walks, which equaled their strikeout total. Every starter with the exception of Freeman also tallied a hit, but he drew two walks and scored two runs.
The Braves also went 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position, increasing their team average in that split to a still paltry .215.
"Coming off of three losses in Pittsburgh, that definitely wasn't fun," Justin Upton said. "To come out here and do what we did today with the conditions, and not give away at-bats, get good pitches to hit, and put some hits together, that can boost us."
Fredi Gonzalez also joked about keeping B.J. Upton and Andrelton Simmons in the lineup, who have been swinging well with minimal results, and leaving a slumping and injured Dan Uggla out.
"That's why they give me the big bucks, to pay attention to those things," Gonzalezsaid. "With him and Danny [Uggla] and [Andrelton] Simmons, you stay in their corner, because you see the work that they do. As long as their confidence level's there and they keep working and fighting, then you got to stay in their corner and keep putting them in there."
The two wins on Tuesday gave Atlanta sole possession of the best record in baseball at 15-5 while also giving them a 106-60 record all-time over the Rockies.
Tim Hudson will look to finish the sweep opposite Tyler Chatwood at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Gerald Laird, Jordan Schafer, Juan Francisco, Julio Teheran, Justin Upton, MLB
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