Atlanta at Colorado

Scoreboard
Atlanta (58-41) «0030204009100
Colorado (47-52)1300020006100

Heyward, Freeman HRs power Braves past Rockies

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

DENVER -- Brooks Conrad made the most of a rare start.

Conrad, playing for the injured Dan Uggla, homered, scored twice and used his speed on the basepaths to help the Atlanta Braves overcome a shaky start by Tommy Hanson to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-6 Thursday.

"You get him in there because Danny can't go and he comes up with a big homer," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's a helluva teammate; guys love him. He's a pro. Great to have him."

The switch-hitting Conrad hadn't started a game since July 4 against Colorado but didn't show any rust. He broke up a double play in the third that led to one run and he broke up a double play in the fifth that helped the Braves score another.

More on Braves at Rockies
Fantasy videos

Updating MLB news | Follow on Twitter

"That's Brooksie, man. That's him," Jason Heyward said. "That's why we love him around here and we pull for him."

Heyward and Freddie Freeman each homered and had two hits and Nate McLouth had two hits for Atlanta, which earned a split of the four-game series.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 30th save.

"I'm beat after this game and yesterday's game," Gonzalez said. "They're fun at the end of the night but it could have gone either way. Get on the bird before they ask us to play another game."

Carlos Gonzalez homered for the Rockies before leaving in the fifth inning with a right wrist injury while swinging -- he fouled the ball off. He was taken to for an MRI. It's the same wrist on which he sustained a deep bone bruise after running into the center-field wall on July 3. He missed eight games.

"He obviously felt something," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He took a swing and started coming over towards us in a hurry. I have no idea what were dealing with other than the fact that it's the wrist that we just rehabbed."

Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin struggled for the second straight game, allowing five runs on four hits and walking seven in 4 2/3 innings.

Hanson (11-5) also struggled but received enough run support to get the win. He allowed six runs on seven hits and struck out seven in six innings.

"It seems like my pitches did what they wanted to do," Hanson said. "If they felt like breaking they broke; if they didn't they stayed straight. Glad to get out of this one and glad we won."

Trailing 6-5, the Braves took the lead for good against Matt Reynolds (0-2) in the seventh. Conrad tied it with a one-out homer, his fourth, Alex Gonzalez doubled and McLouth tripled to make it 7-6.

It was Conrad's first hit right-handed in nine at-bats this season.

"Down one and looking to get a pitch to drive, got into a hitter's count and put a good swing on it," he said.

Matt Lindstrom relieved Reynolds and McLouth scored on pinch-hitter Wilkin Ramirez's fielder's choice. Ramirez scored on Heyman's double down the right-field line to make it 9-6.

The Rockies took the early lead when Gonzalez led off the bottom of the first with his 15th homer of the season. They made it 4-0 in the second when Dexter Fowler hit a two-run triple and stole home on a missed suicide squeeze attempt by Chacin.

The Braves got back into the game by capitalizing on Chacin's lack of control. Martin Prado led off the third with a walk and Heyward followed with his 10th homer of the season. Freeman singled, Chacin walked Eric Hinske and Conrad to load the bases, and Freeman scored on Gonzalez's groundout to make it 4-3.

The Braves chased Chacin in the fifth. Freeman tied the game with his 15th homer with one out, Hinske walked and Conrad reached on a fielder's choice. After Gonzalez walked, McLouth singled off reliever Matt Belisle to make it 5-4.

"I think that was the worst start I've had in my career," Chacin said. "I couldn't throw anything over the plate."

The Rockies went ahead 6-5 in the sixth when Seth Smith drove in Troy Tulowitzki with a triple and came in on Chris Iannetta's sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • Kimbrel tied an Atlanta rookie record for saves set by Kerry Ligtenberg in 1998. Uggla [strained left calf] was injured running out a grounder in the third inning of Wednesday's game.
  • Outfielder Jordan Schafer [jammed left middle finger] also didn't start, although he came in as defensive replacement in the eighth.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 Jason Heyward watches his home run sail over the outfield wall, one of four long balls by the Braves in the game. (Getty Images)
Jason Heyward watches his home run sail over the outfield wall, one of four long balls by the Braves in the game. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Heyward
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

N. McLouth
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

Related Video

November 25, 2014
Cardinals at Falcons Preview (3:18)
November 2, 2014
TOPS: Osi Umenyiora talks Atlanta Falcons
(4:34)
November 25, 2014
NFL Playoff Picture: Things to look for in Week 13
(5:21)
November 25, 2014
Eagles at Cowboys Preview
(2:44)
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Martin Prado, 3B3110200 .275
Jason Heyward, RF5123032 .229
Brian McCann, C5010012 .310
Freddie Freeman, 1B5221023 .279
Eric Hinske, LF3000222 .254
    Jordan Schafer, CF0000000 .236
Brooks Conrad, 2B4211111 .242
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Alex Gonzalez, SS4111110 .224
Nate McLouth, CF-LF4122102 .225
Tommy Hanson, P3000003 .061
   a- Wilkin Ramirez, PH1101000 .300
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   b- Julio Lugo, PH-2B1000010 .091
Totals389109711  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Hanson in the 7th
b-struck out for Venters in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Heyward (13, Lindstrom), Alex Gonzalez (16, M. Reynolds)
3B - Nate McLouth (2, M. Reynolds)
HR - Jason Heyward (10, Chacin), Freddie Freeman (15, Chacin), Brooks Conrad (4, M. Reynolds)
RBI - Jason Heyward 3 (26), Freddie Freeman (51), Brooks Conrad (10), Alex Gonzalez (32), Nate McLouth 2 (16), Wilkin Ramirez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward (7), Nate McLouth (8)
SB - Brooks Conrad (2, 2nd base off Chacin/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Prado-Conrad-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson (W,11-5) 6766171 3.06
Scott Linebrink (H,7) 0.2200000 3.05
Eric O'Flaherty (H,19) 0.1000000 0.99
Jonny Venters (H,21) 1100010 1.37
Craig Kimbrel (S,30) 1000120 2.20
WP - Tommy Hanson (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 100-69, Scott Linebrink 13-8, Eric O'Flaherty 4-3, Jonny Venters 19-14, Craig Kimbrel 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 4-7, Scott Linebrink 1-0, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Jonny Venters 2-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 26, Scott Linebrink 3, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Jonny Venters 4, Craig Kimbrel 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gonzalez, LF2111000 .289
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-LF2000101 .235
Mark Ellis, 2B5020011 .238
Jason Giambi, 1B4000022 .266
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4120010 .277
Seth Smith, RF4121001 .296
Ian Stewart, 3B4110034 .143
Chris Iannetta, C2101101 .224
Dexter Fowler, CF4112030 .245
Jhoulys Chacin, P2000000 .128
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   b- Jonathan Herrera, PH1010000 .253
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   c- Ty Wigginton, PH1000000 .251
Totals356105210  
a-lined out for C. Gonzalez in the 5th
b-singled for Lindstrom in the 7th
c-fouled out for Betancourt in the 9th
Batting
3B - Seth Smith (7, Hanson), Dexter Fowler (7, Hanson)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (15, Hanson)
SF - Chris Iannetta (2)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (56), Seth Smith (41), Chris Iannetta (36), Dexter Fowler 2 (23)
SB - Dexter Fowler (5, off Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin 4.2455742 3.60
Matt Belisle 1.1200020 3.35
Matt Reynolds (BS,2; L,0-2) 0.1333001 4.19
Matt Lindstrom 0.2111000 3.00
Rex Brothers 1000030 2.70
Rafael Betancourt 1000020 4.42
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 113-61, Matt Belisle 24-18, Matt Reynolds 15-8, Matt Lindstrom 15-8, Rex Brothers 17-11, Rafael Betancourt 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 6-4, Matt Belisle 2-0, Matt Reynolds 1-0, Matt Lindstrom 2-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-0
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 25, Matt Belisle 6, Matt Reynolds 4, Matt Lindstrom 4, Rex Brothers 3, Rafael Betancourt 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39262
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Angel Campos