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Lowe's three RBI lift Braves over Rockies

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- A rookie is becoming one of the big bats in the Atlanta Braves' lineup.

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 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.

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

"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.

Notes

  • Braves OF Martin Prado could begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday if given the go-ahead from his physical therapist. Prado has been out since June 8 with a staph infection in his right calf.
  • Lowe has five hits this season, including three doubles.
  • OF Cole Carner was optioned to Colorado Springs after only one game with the Rockies.
  • Jonathan Herrera, who filled in for Tulowitzki, had two hits.
  • Lowe posted his 1,600th career strikeout against Seth Smith in the second.
 
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Derek Lowe tips his cap after recording his 1,600th career strikeout in the second inning. (AP)
Derek Lowe tips his cap after recording his 1,600th career strikeout in the second inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

M. Ellis
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Atlanta

D. Uggla
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, CF5011010 .264
Jonathan Herrera, SS4020110 .249
Todd Helton, 1B4010103 .318
Ty Wigginton, LF5000034 .254
Seth Smith, RF3110111 .302
Mark Ellis, 2B4130000 .243
Ian Stewart, 3B3100112 .060
Chris Iannetta, C4011012 .225
Jhoulys Chacin, P2001010 .091
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000012 .221
    Eric Stults, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Giambi, PH1000012 .278
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals36393411  
a-struck out for Chacin in the 6th
b-struck out for Stults in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Charlie Blackmon (8), Chris Iannetta (32), Jhoulys Chacin (1)
2-OUT RBI - Charlie Blackmon (4), Chris Iannetta (8)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Stewart-Ellis-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin (L,8-6) 5444651 3.28
Eric Stults 2211011 2.70
Matt Lindstrom 1100010 2.86
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
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF4010002 .224
Alex Gonzalez, SS3000112 .235
Brian McCann, C4000011 .312
Chipper Jones, 3B4110020 .256
Freddie Freeman, 1B3111111 .273
Jason Heyward, RF3000103 .225
Dan Uggla, 2B2221200 .178
Nate McLouth, LF3100113 .232
Derek Lowe, P2013002 .172
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilkin Ramirez, PH1010000 .273
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   b- Brooks Conrad, PH1000011 .246
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Totals3057567  
a-singled for Gearrin in the 6th
b-struck out for Venters in the 8th
Batting
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
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Lowe (W,5-6) 5.1533340 4.21
George Sherrill (H,5) 0.1000010 2.45
Cory Gearrin (H,3) 0.1100010 3.38
Eric O'Flaherty (H,17) 1100010 1.13
Jonny Venters (H,18) 1100120 1.53
Craig Kimbrel (S,26) 1100020 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
Game Information
Attendance - 17718
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Wally Bell