Braves overpower Rockies

The Braves' Freddie Freeman celebrates his home run in the second inning with teammate Dan Uggla. Uggla later homered in the sixth inning in the Braves' 5-3 win over Colorado.
The Braves' Freddie Freeman celebrates his home run in the second inning with teammate Dan Uggla. Uggla later homered in the sixth inning in the Braves' 5-3 win over Colorado. (HYOSUB SHIN / Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Posted: July 06, 2011

ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman's third homer in two games gave Atlanta the early lead, Derek Lowe hit a three-run double, and the Braves beat the short-handed Colorado Rockies, 5-3, on Tuesday night.

Freeman, who had two homers in Atlanta's 4-1 win in Monday's series opener, hit his 12th homer to center field off Jhoulys Chacin in the second.

Lowe (5-6) gave up three runs and five hits in 51/3 innings and pushed the lead to 4-0 with his bases-loaded double in the fourth. Lowe's hit drove in Chipper Jones, who doubled, and Dan Uggla and Nate McLouth, who both walked.

Uggla added his 13th homer in the sixth.

The Rockies outhit the Braves, 9-7, but had no extra-base hits with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki held out with injuries.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 26th save for the Braves, who have won seven of their last eight.

Chacin (8-6) matched his career high with six walks for the second time in his last three starts. He gave up four hits and four runs in five innings.

Mark Ellis had three hits, including an eighth-inning single to give the Rockies runners on first and second. Ian Stewart's groundout advanced the runners before Jonny Venters struck out Chris Iannetta and Jason Giambi - each on called third strikes - to end the threat.

Gonzalez missed his second straight game after he bruised his right wrist on Sunday. Tulowitzki was held out after leaving Monday night's game with a strained quadriceps. Neither player is expected to be placed on the disabled list.

Uggla was hitting .173, including walks in his first two plate appearances, before he pulled lefthander Eric Stults' first pitch deep into the seats in left in the sixth. He added a double in the eighth.

Braves 5, Rockies 3

Colorado 000 021 000 - 3 9 0

Atlanta 010 301 00x - 5 7 0

Colorado AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Blackmon cf 5   0   1   1   0   1   .264   

J.Herrera ss 4   0   2   0   1   1   .249   

Helton 1b 4   0   1   0   1   0   .318   

Wigginton lf 5   0   0   0   0   3   .254   

S.Smith rf 3   1   1   0   1   1   .302   

M.Ellis 2b 4   1   3   0   0   0   .500   

I.Stewart 3b 3   1   0   0   1   1   .060   

Iannetta c 4   0   1   1   0   1   .225   

Chacin p 2   0   0   1   0   1   .091   

a-Spilborghs ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .221   

Stults p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

c-Giambi ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .278   

Lindstrom p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Totals 36   3   9   3   4   11   

Atlanta AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Schafer cf 4   0   1   0   0   0   .224   

Ale.Gonzalez ss 3   0   0   0   1   1   .235   

McCann c 4   0   0   0   0   1   .312   

C.Jones 3b 4   1   1   0   0   2   .256   

Freeman 1b 3   1   1   1   1   1   .273   

Heyward rf 3   0   0   0   1   0   .225   

Uggla 2b 2   2   2   1   2   0   .178   

McLouth lf 3   1   0   0   1   1   .232   

D.Lowe p 2   0   1   3   0   0   .172   

Sherrill p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Gearrin p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

b-W.Ramirez ph 1   0   1   0   0   0   .273   

O'Flaherty p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Venters p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

d-Conrad ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .246   

Kimbrel p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Totals 30   5   7   5   6   7   

a-struck out for Chacin in the 6th. b-singled for Gearrin in the 6th. c-struck out for Stults in the 8th. d-struck out for Venters in the 8th. LOB: Colorado 10, Atlanta 7. 2B: C.Jones (22), Uggla (12), D.Lowe (3). HR: Freeman (12), off Chacin; Uggla (13), off Stults. RBIs: Blackmon (8), Iannetta (32), Chacin (1), Freeman (39), Uggla (30), D.Lowe 3 (4). RLSP: Colorado 6 (S.Smith, Helton, Spilborghs, Giambi 2, Wigginton); Atlanta 4 (D.Lowe, Schafer, Heyward, Conrad). RA: Helton, I.Stewart, Iannetta, Chacin, C.Jones, McLouth. GIDP: Ale.Gonzalez. DP: Colorado 1 (I.Stewart, M.Ellis, Helton).

Colorado IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Chacin (L 8-6) 5   4   4   4   6   5   92   3.28   

Stults 2   2   1   1   0   1   25   2.70   

Lindstrom 1   1   0   0   0   1   14   2.86   

Atlanta IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

D.Lowe (W 5-6) 51/3   5   3   3   3   4   94   4.21   

Sherrill (H 5) 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   3   2.45   

Gearrin (H 3) 1/3   1   0   0   0   1   10   3.38   

O'Flaherty (H 17) 1   1   0   0   0   1   17   1.13   

Venters (H 18) 1   1   0   0   1   2   24   1.53   

Kimbrel (S 26-31) 1   1   0   0   0   2   16   2.45   

IR-S: Sherrill 2-0, Gearrin 2-1. WP: Chacin. Umpires: Home, Laz Diaz; first, Cory Blaser; second, Scott Barry; third, Wally Bell.

T: 2:50. A: 17,718 (49,586).

Pirates 5, Astros 1

PITTSBURGH - Jeff Karstens allowed one run in seven-plus innings, Brandon Wood homered and Pittsburgh beat Houston.

The Pirates (45-41) improved to four games over .500 this late in a season for the first time since 1992, the team's most recent winning season before a major North American professional sports record 18 straight losing seasons.

The Pirates did not win their 45th game last season until Sept. 3.

Clint Barmes went 2 for 4 with a homer for free-falling Houston, which has lost five straight and 10 of 11.

Karstens (7-4) allowed seven hits and struck out three, giving Pittsburgh starters their 34th win this season. That matches how many the entire starting staff had in 2010.

Matt Diaz had three hits and Neil Walker and Lyle Overbay two hits and two runs each for the Pirates, who have won four of five and 10 of 14.

Houston 000 010 000 – 1 8 0

Pittsburgh 020 102 00x – 5 9 0

Houston AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Bourn cf 4   0   2   0   0   0   .292   

Keppinger 2b 4   0   0   0   0   0   .318   

Pence rf 4   0   2   0   0   1   .327   

Ca.Lee lf 4   0   1   0   0   0   .267   

Wallace 1b 4   0   0   0   0   1   .285   

C.Johnson 3b 4   0   0   0   0   2   .239   

Barmes ss 4   1   2   1   0   0   .240   

Towles c 3   0   0   0   0   1   .180   

W.Rodriguez p 2   0   0   0   0   1   .129   

Fe.Rodriguez p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

a-Ang.Sanchez ph 1   0   1   0   0   0   .262   

An.Rodriguez p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000   

Totals 34   1   8   1   0   6   

Pittsburgh AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Presley lf 4   0   0   0   0   2   .324   

d'Arnaud ss 4   0   0   0   0   2   .231   

Diaz rf 4   0   3   0   0   0   .281   

Watson p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Veras p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Resop p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

A.McCutchen cf 3   0   0   0   1   1   .291   

Walker 2b 4   2   2   0   0   0   .258   

Overbay 1b 4   2   2   0   0   0   .238   

Br.Wood 3b 3   1   2   3   1   1   .219   

McKenry c 3   0   0   1   0   0   .218   

Karstens p 1   0   0   1   1   1   .111   

Paul rf 0   0   0   0   0   0   .267   

Totals 30   5   9   5   3   7   

a-singled for Fe.Rodriguez in the 8th. LOB: Houston 6, Pittsburgh 6. 2B: Ca.Lee (22), Diaz (8), Walker (14). HR: Barmes (4), off Karstens; Br.Wood (4), off W.Rodriguez. RBIs: Barmes (14), Br.Wood 3 (16), McKenry (3), Karstens (2). CS: Diaz (1). S: Karstens. SF: McKenry. RLSP: Houston 3 (Ca.Lee 2, Wallace); Pittsburgh 3 (A.McCutchen 2, Presley). GIDP: Ca.Lee. DP: Pittsburgh 1 (Karstens, Walker, Overbay).

Houston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Rodriguez (L 6-5) 6   8   5   5   2   6   116   3.25   

Fe.Rodriguez 1   1   0   0   1   0   18   2.70   

An.Rodriguez 1   0   0   0   0   1   11   5.34   

Pittsburgh IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Karstens (W 7-4) 7   7   1   1   0   3   95   2.55   

Watson 0   1   0   0   0   0   3   3.27   

Veras (H 18) 1   0   0   0   0   1   8   2.50   

Resop 1   0   0   0   0   2   10   3.46   

Karstens pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.Watson pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. IR-S: Watson 1-0, Veras 2-0. Umpires: Home, John Tumpane; first, Ron Kulpa; second, Derryl Cousins; third, Jim Wolf. T: 2:34. A: 18,151 (38,362).

Nationals 3, Cubs 2

WASHINGTON - Chicago second baseman Jeff Baker's incredibly wayward throw gave Washington a pair of runs in the first inning, and Ross Detwiler won his season debut in a victory over the Cubs.

Baker was only 30 feet or so from second base when he fielded a routine grounder with the bases loaded and none out. But his throw sailed more than 10 feet wide of the bag and into left field, and instead of allowing one run on a double play, the Cubs were in a 2-0 hole that became 3-0 on Wilson Ramos' infield single.

That was just enough of a cushion for a Nationals cadre of pitchers that included Detwiler (1-0), recalled from triple-A before the game because Washington needed an extra starter due to a recent doubleheader.

Chicago 000 002 000 – 2 7 1

Washington 300 000 00x – 3 10 2

Chicago AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Re.Johnson rf 4   1   1   0   0   1   .328   

Je.Baker 2b 2   0   1   0   0   0   .313   

DeWitt 2b 2   0   0   0   0   1   .263   

Ar.Ramirez 3b 4   1   1   2   0   0   .295   

Soto c 4   0   2   0   0   0   .230   

A.Soriano lf 4   0   0   0   0   0   .259   

Byrd cf 4   0   1   0   0   1   .303   

C.Pena 1b 4   0   0   0   0   0   .225   

Barney ss 3   0   0   0   0   0   .289   

R.Ortiz p 1   0   0   0   0   1   .000   

b-Campana ph 1   0   1   0   0   0   .274   

Grabow p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Samardzija p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000   

J.Russell p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .125   

Totals 33   2   7   2   0   4   

Washington AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Bernadina lf 4   1   1   0   1   0   .257   

Espinosa 2b 3   1   2   0   1   0   .247   

Zimmerman 3b 4   1   2   0   0   1   .234   

L.Nix 1b 4   0   1   1   0   1   .279   

Cora 1b 0   0   0   0   0   0   .237   

Werth rf 4   0   0   0   0   2   .221   

Ankiel cf 3   0   2   0   1   1   .235   

W.Ramos c 3   0   2   1   1   0   .248   

Desmond ss 3   0   0   0   0   0   .215   

Detwiler p 2   0   0   0   0   2   .000   

Coffey p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

a-Morse ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .298   

S.Burnett p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Clippard p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000   

c-Stairs ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .148   

Storen p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Totals 32   3   10   2   4   8   

a-grounded out for Coffey in the 6th. b-singled for R.Ortiz in the 7th. c-struck out for Clippard in the 8th. E: Je.Baker (1), Cora (3), Detwiler (1). LOB: Chicago 6, Washington 10. 2B: Re.Johnson (13), Soto (15). HR: Ar.Ramirez (13), off Detwiler. RBIs: Ar.Ramirez 2 (46), L.Nix (33), W.Ramos (26). SB: Campana (9). S: R.Ortiz, Desmond. RLSP: Chicago 3 (Je.Baker, Byrd, Re.Johnson); Washington 6 (Detwiler 2, Werth 2, Bernadina 2). GIDP: Ar.Ramirez, Werth. DP: Chicago 2 (C.Pena), (Barney, DeWitt, C.Pena); Washington 1 (Desmond, Espinosa, L.Nix).

Chicago IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

R.Ortiz (L 0-1) 6   7   3   2   3   7   97   3.00   

Grabow 1/3   0   0   0   1   0   5   5.40   

Samardzija 1   3   0   0   0   0   15   3.78   

J.Russell 2/3   0   0   0   0   1   4   4.73   

Washington IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Detwiler (W 1-0) 51/3   4   2   2   0   1   78   3.38   

Coffey (H 5) 2/3   1   0   0   0   1   13   3.18   

S.Burnett (H 10) 2/3   1   0   0   0   0   8   5.59   

Clippard (H 22) 11/3   0   0   0   0   2   17   1.86   

Storen (S 21-24) 1   1   0   0   0   0   17   2.64   

IR-S: Samardzija 1-0, J.Russell 2-0, Clippard 1-0. IBB: off R.Ortiz (Ankiel). HBP: by Detwiler (Barney). Umpires: Home, Mike Everitt; first, Chris Guccione; second, Mike Muchlinski; third, Mike Winters. T: 2:46. A: 19,181 (41,506).

Cardinals 8, Reds 1

ST. LOUIS - Matt Holliday homered twice hours after being picked to represent the National League in the Home Run Derby and Jaime Garcia hurled a two-hitter in St. Louis' victory over Cincinnati.

The Cardinals activated Albert Pujols from the 15-day disabled list before the game but did not use him after putting the three-time NL MVP through an extensive pre-game workout.

Holliday and Lance Berkman homered on consecutive at-bats in the first inning.

Berkman leads the league with 23 homers after a drive to right estimated at 452 feet, the longest at 6-year-old Busch Stadium, and with 350 career homers he is tied for fourth with Chili Davis on the career switch-hitter list, trailing only Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray and Chipper Jones.

Cincinnati 000 100 000 – 1 4 1

St. Louis 200 033 00x – 8 9 0

Cincinnati AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Stubbs cf 4   0   0   0   1   4   .250   

B.Phillips 2b 3   1   1   0   0   1   .292   

d-Renteria ph-2b 1   0   0   0   0   1   .230   

Votto 1b 3   0   0   0   0   0   .315   

e-Cairo ph-1b 1   0   0   0   0   1   .286   

Rolen 3b 4   0   0   1   0   0   .251   

Bruce rf 4   0   0   0   0   0   .258   

J.Gomes lf 3   0   0   0   1   1   .218   

Hanigan c 2   0   1   0   2   0   .252   

Janish ss 2   0   1   0   2   0   .229   

Volquez p 1   0   1   0   0   0   .150   

LeCure p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .200   

b-Heisey ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .266   

Chapman p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Arredondo p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

h-F.Lewis ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .275   

Totals 30   1   4   1   6   10   

St. Louis AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Theriot ss 4   1   1   2   0   0   .293   

Jay rf-cf 4   1   1   0   0   1   .302   

Holliday lf 4   2   2   4   0   1   .320   

Berkman 1b 4   1   1   1   0   1   .294   

M.Boggs p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000   

Freese 3b-1b 3   0   1   0   1   1   .351   

Rasmus cf 3   0   0   0   0   1   .252   

c-Punto ph-2b 1   0   0   0   0   1   .278   

Y.Molina c 2   1   0   0   1   0   .284   

f-T.Cruz ph-c 1   0   0   0   0   1   .278   

Schumaker 2b-rf 4   1   1   0   0   0   .254   

J.Garcia p 2   0   1   0   0   0   .086   

a-M.Hamilton ph 1   1   1   1   0   0   .217   

Lynn p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000   

g-Descalso ph-3b 1   0   0   0   0   0   .244   

Totals 34   8   9   8   2   7   

a-singled for J.Garcia in the 6th. b-struck out for LeCure in the 7th. c-struck out for Rasmus in the 7th. d-struck out for B.Phillips in the 8th. e-struck out for Votto in the 8th. f-struck out for Y.Molina in the 8th. g-flied out for Lynn in the 8th. h-struck out for Arredondo in the 9th. E: Janish (9). LOB: Cincinnati 9, St. Louis 4. 2B: B.Phillips (20), Janish (8), Theriot (15), Schumaker (9). HR: Holliday 2 (12), off Volquez 2; Berkman (23), off Volquez. RBIs: Rolen (33), Theriot 2 (30), Holliday 4 (44), Berkman (62), M.Hamilton (4). S: Volquez. RLSP: Cincinnati 7 (Stubbs 5, B.Phillips 2); St. Louis 1 (Holliday). RA: Votto, Rolen.

Cincinnati IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Volquez (L 5-4) 51/3   7   7   6   2   3   94   5.93   

LeCure 2/3   2   1   1   0   1   11   2.88   

Chapman 1   0   0   0   0   2   13   5.50   

Arredondo 1   0   0   0   0   1   18   3.32   

St. Louis IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

J.Garcia (W 8-3) 6   2   1   1   3   4   95   3.23   

Lynn 2   2   0   0   0   4   38   4.42   

M.Boggs 1   0   0   0   3   2   26   2.87   

IR-S: LeCure 2-2. Umpires: Home, Dale Scott; first, CB Bucknor; second, Dan Iassogna; third, Jerry Meals. T: 2:52. A: 36,090 (43,975).

D'backs 7, Brewers 3

MILWAUKEE - Justin Upton and Gerardo Parra homered Arizona as the Diamondbacks built a six-run lead early to beat Milwaukee.

Zach Duke (2-3) tossed seven effective innings to win for the first time in 12 starts in Milwaukee and David Hernandez picked up his fifth save.

Milwaukee's Prince Fielder left off Upton - who has 14 homers - among his picks as NL derby captain. Fielder homered to raise his NL-best RBI total to 71 and Corey Hart hit his second homer in as many days.

Milwaukee has lost seven of eight since taking a three-game lead in the NL Central and has fallen behind St. Louis and Pittsburgh in the last two days.

Randy Wolf (6-6) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in six innings.

Arizona 403 000 000 – 7 10 0

Milwaukee 100 001 010 – 3 8 0

Arizona AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Bloomquist ss 4   0   1   0   1   1   .261   

K.Johnson 2b 4   1   1   0   1   1   .216   

J.Upton rf 4   2   2   1   1   0   .299   

C.Young cf 4   1   0   0   1   1   .258   

Montero c 4   1   1   2   0   2   .274   

Nady 1b 4   1   1   1   0   0   .253   

G.Parra lf 4   1   2   3   0   0   .287   

R.Roberts 3b 4   0   1   0   0   0   .251   

Duke p 3   0   1   0   0   1   .231   

a-W.Pena ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .200   

Heilman p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000   

A.Castillo p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Da.Hernandez p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Totals 36   7   10   7   4   7   

Milwaukee AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

R.Weeks 2b 3   1   0   0   2   0   .274   

C.Gomez cf 2   0   0   0   0   1   .224   

b-Morgan ph-cf 2   0   1   0   0   1   .336   

C.Hart rf 4   1   1   1   1   0   .262   

Fielder 1b 4   1   2   2   0   1   .302   

Y.Betancourt ss 3   0   0   0   0   0   .240   

Estrada p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .222   

c-Kotsay ph 1   0   1   0   0   0   .252   

Braddock p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

McGehee 3b 3   0   0   0   1   0   .222   

Jo.Wilson lf-ss 3   0   1   0   0   0   .231   

d-Counsell ph-ss 1   0   0   0   0   0   .181   

Kottaras c 3   0   1   0   0   0   .256   

e-Lucroy ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .286   

Wolf p 2   0   1   0   0   0   .233   

Gamel lf 2   0   0   0   0   1   .143   

Totals 34   3   8   3   4   4   

a-struck out for Duke in the 8th. b-struck out for C.Gomez in the 8th. c-singled for Estrada in the 8th. d-grounded out for Jo.Wilson in the 8th. e-flied out for Kottaras in the 9th. LOB: Arizona 6, Milwaukee 9. 2B: R.Roberts (14). HR: J.Upton (14), off Wolf; G.Parra (5), off Wolf; Fielder (22), off Duke; C.Hart (10), off Heilman. RBIs: J.Upton (44), Montero 2 (44), Nady (27), G.Parra 3 (23), C.Hart (24), Fielder 2 (71). SB: Bloomquist (9), R.Roberts (13). S: C.Gomez. RLSP: Arizona 3 (C.Young 3); Milwaukee 3 (R.Weeks, Counsell, C.Hart). RA: Nady, C.Hart.

Arizona IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Duke (W 2-3) 7   5   2   2   2   1   87   5.40   

Heilman 1   2   1   1   1   2   28   6.54   

A.Castillo 2/3   1   0   0   1   1   17   0.00   

Hernandez (S 5) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   3   3.43   

Milwaukee IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Wolf (L 6-6) 6   10   7   7   4   4   109   3.72   

Estrada 2   0   0   0   0   3   28   4.55   

Braddock 1   0   0   0   0   0   10   3.78   

IR-S: Da.Hernandez 2-0. Umpires: Home, Tony Randazzo; first, Larry Vanover; second, Manny Gonzalez; third, Brian Gorman.

T: 2:40. A: 34,014 (41,900).

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