Atlanta Braves power past Colorado Rockies

By Jack Etkin, The Sports Xchange
Ender Inciarte and the Atlanta Braves walloped the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Ender Inciarte and the Atlanta Braves walloped the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

DENVER -- It wasn't complete payback for the Atlanta Braves. But it was more than enough.

Ender Inciarte hit two of Atlanta's four solo homer as the Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 10-4 on Thursday to gain a split of their four-game series.


Freddie Freeman and Tyler Flowers also homered for the Braves, who rebounded from Wednesday's 17-2 loss.

Rookie Lucas Sims (1-3), allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. He wasn't particularly efficient, throwing 57 of 94 pitches and never retiring the side in order, but the Rockies stranded seven runners as Sims earned his first career win.

Charlie Blackmon had three hits and hit a ninth-inning homer for the Rockies, who lost for the seventh time in 10 games. Colorado fell back into a tie with Arizona in the National League wild card race and remains four games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers, who visit Coors Field this weekend.

Colorado starter Jeff Hoffman (6-5) allowed four and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The Braves blew the game open with a six-run seventh when they sent 10 batters to the plate.


Brandon Phillips singled home a run, pinch hitter Matt Adams delivered a two-run double, Dansby Swanson hit a two-run triple and Lane Adams scorched a run-scoring single off third baseman Nolan Arenado, forcing him to leave the game.

Flowers opened the second with his 10th homer, a drive into the Colorado bullpen in right-center that gave the Braves a 1-0 lead.

Ryan McMahon had his first career RBI with a double and scored on a groundout by Blackmon in the second.

Inciarte hit his first homer to tie the game at 2-2 in the third. He opened the fifth with his second homer and Freeman gave the Braves a 4-2 lead when he launched a hanging 73 mph curveball to deep right-center.

It was Freeman's 22nd homer and it ended the outing for Hoffman, who hasn't won in six starts since July 16 and lost his fourth straight decision.

Blackmon, who doubled and scored on Mark Reynolds' sacrifice fly in the seventh, led off the ninth with his 28th homer.

NOTES: Braves CF Ender Inciarte's multi-homer game was the third of his career and second this season. The other was April 12 at Miami. ... Rockies C Ryan Hanigan was scratched from the lineup due to a stomach bug. ... Rockies CF Charlie Blackmon has 14 triples, 13 at home. The last National League player to hit 14 or more triples at home was Hall of Famer Paul Waner for the 1928 Pittsburgh Pirates. ... Braves 2B Ozzie Albies' triple in the second and stolen base in the seventh were his first in the majors. ... Rockies LHP Mike Dunn's string of seven consecutive scoreless appearances totaling six innings ended when he was scored upon for just the second time in 18 games.


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