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Braves use nine-run fourth inning to stomp Rockies

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves' highest scoring inning and game of the season couldn't take away the sting of losing one of the team's hottest hitters and most versatile players.

Yunel Escobar hit a three-run homer in a nine-run fourth inning and the Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 12-4 on Wednesday night for their second straight lopsided win in the series.

Atlanta lost leadoff hitter Omar Infante in the sixth inning. He broke a bone in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch from Manny Corpas and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, according to manager Bobby Cox.

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"It's a huge blow," Cox said. "He's been on fire the whole year. He can play several positions and he can play them well."

Infante, who had two hits to lift his batting average to .349, will be evaluated Thursday.

Infante has shared time with Kelly Johnson at second base and has made fill-in starts at shortstop and third base and has appeared in three games in the outfield.

"You lose a guy with that much ability that's been that productive, you're gonna feel it somewhere down the road," Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said. "I don't know what the prognosis is, but it's obvious he's not going to be helping us anytime soon."

X-rays revealed Infante broken his fifth metacarpal.

The Rockies, who gave up 10 runs in the seventh inning of their 11-4 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday, were tied 1-1 with the Braves before the big inning.

The Braves beat the Rockies 8-1 on Tuesday night, then set a season high with the 12 runs Wednesday. The nine-run inning was their biggest of the season.

The Rockies have lost six of eight to fall a season-low nine games below .500.

"We'll figure things out tomorrow," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We have work to do. We know that.

"We're embarrassed. We have to pick it up and go. We don't want to dig ourselves in any deeper."

Javier Vazquez (4-3) struck out the first four Colorado batters and finished with six in five innings. He gave up three hits and one unearned run.

Jorge De La Rosa (0-4) walked Martin Prado and Matt Diaz before hitting Jeff Francoeur to load the bases with no outs in the fourth. De La Rosa then walked David Ross to force in a run.

Jordan Schafer hit a sacrifice fly and Infante had a run-scoring single before Escobar's homer gave the Braves a 7-1 lead.

The home run knocked De La Rosa out of the game. He gave up seven runs and five hits and walked five in 3 2/3 innings, raising his ERA from 3.16 to 4.27.

"I was wild," De La Rosa said. "It was one of those games when I had control problems. I had nothing."

Matt Belisle, who took over for De La Rosa, gave up seven hits and five runs, three earned, in two innings. Belisle gave up run-scoring singles to Diaz, Francoeur and Ross in the fourth.

"It unraveled," Hurdle said. "It was a bad inning. We were one out away from getting out of it. We were not in a good place."

Hurdle benched shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for one game for swinging at a high, first pitch and hitting into a double play in the eighth inning Tuesday night.

The Braves, helped by two fielding errors by third baseman Ian Stewart, added two runs in the sixth. Schafer's bloop single drove in a run, and a second run scored when Stewart couldn't field Jeff Bennett's grounder.

The Braves' starting lineup did not include regulars Brian McCann, Garret Anderson and Casey Kotchman. Ross, the fill-in catcher, drove in two runs. Diaz, starting in left field, had three hits and scored four runs.

Ryan Spilborghs had two RBI for the Rockies and Clint Barmes had a two-run double.

"We have to start winning games," Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins said. "... We're not even making them close. That's frustrating."

Notes

Jones' first-inning single was his 1,000th hit at Turner Field, the most of any player. ... The five walks and seven runs allowed were season highs for De La Rosa. ... Jo-Jo Reyes made his first relief appearance since being removed from the Braves' rotation. He gave up two runs in the eighth and then left after hitting a single in the bottom of the inning. He suffered an apparent hamstring injury running to first base and left the game. He will be evaluated Thursday.

 
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M. Diaz
AB 4
R 4
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
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R. Spilborghs
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R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF4000022 .246
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
Clint Barmes, 2B4012010 .241
Todd Helton, 1B3100010 .328
    Ian Stewart, 3B1000001 .188
Brad Hawpe, RF1000110 .331
    Seth Smith, LF1100110 .278
Ryan Spilborghs, LF-RF^CF4022010 .277
Garrett Atkins, 3B-1B4010012 .194
Yorvit Torrealba, C4010022 .256
Omar Quintanilla, SS4110022 .167
Jorge De La Rosa, P1000000 .067
    Matt Belisle, P1000001 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Murton, PH-RF0100100 .273
Totals32464312  
a-walked for Corpas in the 8th
Batting
2B - Clint Barmes (7, Reyes), Ryan Spilborghs (11, Carlyle)
RBI - Clint Barmes 2 (15), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Clint Barmes 2 (9)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Quintanilla-Barmes-Helton, Barmes-Quintanilla-Helton
E - Ian Stewart 2 (3, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (L,0-4) 3.2577511 4.27
Matt Belisle 2753130 8.31
Manny Corpas 1.1100000 6.50
Randy Flores 1100010 0.00
HBP - Francoeur (by Jorge De La Rosa), Infante (by Manny Corpas)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 84-45, Matt Belisle 70-47, Manny Corpas 17-11, Randy Flores 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 4-4, Matt Belisle 3-2, Manny Corpas 2-2, Randy Flores 1-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 20, Matt Belisle 16, Manny Corpas 6, Randy Flores 4
Atlanta Braves
Omar Infante, 2B-3B3121100 .349
    Casey Kotchman, PR-1B1000001 .299
Yunel Escobar, SS4123104 .308
Chipper Jones, 3B2110101 .315
    Kelly Johnson, 2B2000001 .239
Martin Prado, 1B-3B4220111 .313
Matt Diaz, LF4431101 .288
Jeff Francoeur, RF3212001 .243
David Ross, C4112112 .263
Jordan Schafer, CF4012032 .217
Javier Vazquez, P2000001 .059
    Jeff Bennett, P1000000 .000
    Jo-Jo Reyes, P1010000 .111
    Greg Norton, PR0000000 .125
    Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .000
Totals3512141165  
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (7, Corpas)
3B - Matt Diaz (2, De La Rosa)
HR - Yunel Escobar (4, De La Rosa)
SF - Jeff Francoeur (4), Jordan Schafer (1)
SH - Javier Vazquez (5)
RBI - Omar Infante (11), Yunel Escobar 3 (21), Matt Diaz (15), Jeff Francoeur 2 (21), David Ross 2 (11), Jordan Schafer 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (5), Yunel Escobar 3 (10), Matt Diaz (10), Jeff Francoeur (12), David Ross (6), Jordan Schafer (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Infante-Prado, Johnson-Escobar-Prado
E - Chipper Jones (6, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Javier Vazquez (W,4-3) 5310160 3.39
Jeff Bennett 2000030 2.33
Jo-Jo Reyes 1222110 7.00
Buddy Carlyle 1111120 8.31
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 71-49, Jeff Bennett 25-17, Jo-Jo Reyes 25-17, Buddy Carlyle 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 6-2, Jeff Bennett 1-2, Jo-Jo Reyes 1-1
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 18, Jeff Bennett 6, Jo-Jo Reyes 6, Buddy Carlyle 5
Game Information
Attendance - 19259
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Mark Carlson