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ATLANTA -- A rookie is becoming one of the big bats in the Atlanta Braves' lineup.
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 inning. The rookie first baseman is hitting .273 and his 39 RBI trail only All-Stars Brian McCann and Chipper Jones among the team leaders.
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"I'm not missing my pitches right now," Freeman said.
The homer in Freeman's first at-bat gave him three in a span of five plate appearances in the first two games of the four-game series.
The Braves have scored four or more runs in seven straight games.
"I think this whole year, these guys never lacked confidence," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The pitching has been the consistent part and now the bats are coming around a little bit."
Freeman said Lowe was the star of the game.
"It's him," Freeman said, pointing to Lowe standing a couple of lockers away in the Braves' clubhouse. "He pitched well and he got the big three-run double."
Lowe (5-6) gave up three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings and pushed the lead to 4-0 with his bases-loaded double in the fourth. Lowe's hit drove in Jones, who doubled, and Dan Uggla and Nate McLouth, who both walked.
"As you look back on these games, those three runs are huge," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Those are huge runs.
"We had opportunities, but they turned us away. As short-handed as we are right now, you would have loved to have had those three runs back, that's for sure."
Uggla added his 13th homer in the sixth.
Lowe's complaint was he faltered soon after his big hit.
"I think I continue to find ways to make a game, when you seem like you're in control, to making it close," Lowe said. "From my standpoint, that's frustrating.
"You get a 4-0 lead and you feel good, and then you end up walking guys."
Lowe issued two walks in Colorado's two-run fifth.
Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 26th save for the Braves, who have won seven of their last eight.
Kimbrel matched Jonathan Papelbon's record for the most saves by a rookie before the All-Star break since 1969. Papelbon had 26 saves for Boston before the break in 2006.
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.
Stewart, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to begin his third stint of the season with the Rockies, started at third base and was 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
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.
A groundout by Chacin and Charlie Blackmon's run-scoring single helped Colorado pull within 4-2 in the fifth. Ianetta added a run-scoring single in the sixth.
Uggla was hitting .173, including walks in his first two plate appearances, before he pulled left-hander Eric Stults' first pitch deep into the seats in left in the sixth. He added a double in the eighth.
|Derek Lowe tips his cap after recording his 1,600th career strikeout in the second inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Charlie Blackmon, CF||5||0||1||1||0||1||0||.264|
|Jonathan Herrera, SS||4||0||2||0||1||1||0||.249|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||1||0||1||0||3||.318|
|Ty Wigginton, LF||5||0||0||0||0||3||4||.254|
|Seth Smith, RF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.302|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||.060|
|Chris Iannetta, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.225|
|Jhoulys Chacin, P||2||0||0||1||0||1||0||.091|
|a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.221|
|Eric Stults, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jason Giambi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.278|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Chacin in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Stults in the 8th|
|RBI - Charlie Blackmon (8), Chris Iannetta (32), Jhoulys Chacin (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Charlie Blackmon (4), Chris Iannetta (8)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Stewart-Ellis-Helton|
|Jhoulys Chacin (L,8-6)||5||4||4||4||6||5||1||3.28|
|WP - Jhoulys Chacin (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 92-49, Eric Stults 25-15, Matt Lindstrom 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 5-4, Eric Stults 1-4, Matt Lindstrom 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 24, Eric Stults 8, Matt Lindstrom 4|
|Jordan Schafer, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.224|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.235|
|Brian McCann, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.312|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.256|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.273|
|Jason Heyward, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.225|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||2||2||2||1||2||0||0||.178|
|Nate McLouth, LF||3||1||0||0||1||1||3||.232|
|Derek Lowe, P||2||0||1||3||0||0||2||.172|
|George Sherrill, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cory Gearrin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Wilkin Ramirez, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brooks Conrad, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.246|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Gearrin in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Venters in the 8th|
|2B - Chipper Jones (22, Chacin), Dan Uggla (12, Lindstrom), Derek Lowe (3, Chacin)|
|HR - Freddie Freeman (12, Chacin), Dan Uggla (13, Stults)|
|RBI - Freddie Freeman (39), Dan Uggla (30), Derek Lowe 3 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Derek Lowe 3 (4)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Derek Lowe (W,5-6)||5.1||5||3||3||3||4||0||4.21|
|George Sherrill (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.45|
|Cory Gearrin (H,3)||0.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.38|
|Eric O'Flaherty (H,17)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.13|
|Jonny Venters (H,18)||1||1||0||0||1||2||0||1.53|
|Craig Kimbrel (S,26)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.45|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 93-54, George Sherrill 3-3, Cory Gearrin 10-6, Eric O'Flaherty 17-11, Jonny Venters 24-16, Craig Kimbrel 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 10-2, Eric O'Flaherty 1-1, Jonny Venters 1-0, Craig Kimbrel 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 24, George Sherrill 1, Cory Gearrin 2, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Jonny Venters 5, Craig Kimbrel 4|
|Attendance - 17718|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Wally Bell|