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Braves outlast Rockies in 10; Beachy sluggish in debut

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ATLANTA -- Scott Downs never imagined his career taking such a wild turn.

"You have to chuckle," he said with a grin, "because you couldn't have written it any better."

After the Los Angeles Angels' charter flight landed in Dallas about 12:30 a.m., Downs learned 10 hours later that he had been traded to the Atlanta Braves.

The left-handed reliever took the first flight available Monday and arrived at Turner Field about 10 minutes before the first pitch.

By 11:15 p.m., Downs had earned the win in the Braves' 9-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies in 10 innings.

"Different city, different team, different everything," Downs said. "But that's life. That's baseball. It's not that hard of a transition."

Andrelton Simmons drove in Dan Uggla from first base with a triple off Edgmer Escalona in the 10th to give the Braves their fourth straight victory.

After Uggla led off with a walk, Simmons hit the ball too deep into the gap in left-center field for Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler to keep it from reaching the wall.

Downs (1-0) gave up one hit and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings, but it was a strange experience.

After taking a shower during the game, Downs went to the bullpen and introduced himself to his new teammates.

He had to rescue his former Angels teammate, right-hander Jordan Walden, who blew the save in the ninth and left the bases loaded. Downs escaped the jam by making just one pitch, a liner he caught on the mound from Todd Helton.

In the 10th, Downs gave up a leadoff single, but got the next three outs to keep the score tied. Not long after that, he said he was excited to join a Braves team with the biggest division lead in the majors at nine games.

"It's great I'm in a situation to win," Downs said. "It's any athlete's dream to be wanted. I've been welcomed with open arms."

Escalona (1-4) allowed one hit, one run and one walk in 12 pitches.

Gonzalez went 5 for 5 with two RBI after missing the last three games with a sprained middle right finger. He drove in the tying run in the ninth off Walden.

Atlanta's offense bailed out starting pitcher Brandon Beachy, who made his first start in 13 months after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery.

Chris Johnson, who leads the NL with a .339 batting average, and Uggla each had two RBI to help the Braves erase a 5-0 hole with six runs in the third inning, then rally from a two-run deficit in the fifth to make it 8-7.

Beachy gave up eight hits, a career-high seven runs and one walk with five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. He made 84 pitches, 58 for strikes.

Walden began the ninth because Braves closer Craig Kimbrel had the night off after earning saves in all three games against St. Louis last weekend.

Though he gave up two hits and walked two in two-thirds of an inning, Walden was glad to see Downs get the job done.

"He's a great guy," Downs said. "I don't even think he's met everyone yet. It's hard to introduce yourself in the middle of a game."

Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa gave up 10 hits and eight runs -- five earned -- with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings.

The Braves' six-run third, which gave them a 6-5 lead, was due in part to a fielding error by third baseman Nolan Arenado that ruined a chance for an inning-ending double play.

After Jason Heyward's one-out RBI single made it 5-1, Arenado let Evan Gattis' bases-loaded grounder bounce off the heel of his glove, allowing Heyward to score and keep the bases loaded.

"My instincts should have just kept going through the ball and go toward home," Arenado said. "On the sound of the bat, it sounded like it was hit pretty decently. When I realized that, I should have charged the ball."

Johnson followed with a two-run double before Uggla had an RBI groundout and Simmons' RBI double gave the Braves a 6-5 lead.

The Rockies scored twice in the fourth to go ahead 7-6 when Arenado hit his eighth homer. D.J. LeMahieu's single chased Beachy and Gonzalez scored on David Carpenter's wild pitch.

All of Gonzalez's five hits were singles, raising his average nine points to .306. Gonzalez matched his career high for hits, which he first accomplished in a 9-4 victory at the Chicago Cubs on May 14.

The Rockies led 1-0 in the first on Gonzalez's RBI single, went up 2-0 in the second on Wilin Rosario's 15th homer and took a 5-0 lead in the third on Michael Cuddyer's two-run triple and Helton's sacrifice fly.

Beachy last pitched on June 16, 2012, against Baltimore. He missed 105 games recovering from a torn right elbow ligament and was tied for the major league lead with a 2.00 ERA when he was injured.

"It still stinks," Beachy said. "I'm not going to chuck this up to being part of the process. I pitched poorly and let the guys down after they got me the lead. It's unacceptable."

Notes

  • Walden blew his second straight save opportunity and first since April 26, 2012, when he pitched for the Angels at Tampa Bay.
  • Atlanta improved to 8-4 in extra innings. Colorado dropped to 5-8.
  • De La Rosa had gone 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA in his last seven starts. He left for a pinch-hitter in the sixth.
 
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The Braves swarm Andrelton Simmons, who provides the game-winning hit in the 10th to help Atlanta win its fourth straight. (USATSI)
The Braves swarm Andrelton Simmons, who provides the game-winning hit in the 10th to help Atlanta win its fourth straight. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 1
H 5
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

A. Simmons
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5210122 .270
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4120000 .274
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5152000 .306
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4100113 .330
Michael Cuddyer, RF4112111 .329
Todd Helton, 1B4011013 .259
Wilin Rosario, C5131020 .277
Nolan Arenado, 3B4121001 .252
Jorge De La Rosa, P2000021 .056
   a-Corey Dickerson, PH1000000 .256
   b-Charlie Blackmon, PH1000010 .233
   c-Charlie Culberson, PH1000001 .000
Totals408157310  
a-grounded out for De La Rosa in the 6th
b-struck out for Lopez in the 9th
c-grounded out for Belisle in the 10th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (15, Beachy), Nolan Arenado (17, Beachy)
3B - Michael Cuddyer (2, Beachy)
HR - Wilin Rosario (15, Beachy), Nolan Arenado (8, Beachy)
SF - Todd Helton (4)
SH - DJ LeMahieu (5), Nolan Arenado (1)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (69), Michael Cuddyer 2 (62), Todd Helton (34), Wilin Rosario (52), Nolan Arenado (33)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (21, 2nd base off Beachy/Gattis)
CS - Carlos Gonzalez (3, 2nd base by Ayala/Gattis)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Nolan Arenado (7, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa 51085230 3.21
Manny Corpas 2100040 3.76
Josh Outman 0.2000010 4.42
Wilton Lopez 0.1000010 4.93
Matt Belisle 1000020 4.47
Edgmer Escalona (L,1-4) 0111100 4.61
IBB - Terdoslavich by Jorge De La Rosa
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 84-54, Manny Corpas 31-22, Josh Outman 12-8, Wilton Lopez 7-4, Matt Belisle 11-7, Edgmer Escalona 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 8-5, Manny Corpas 2-0, Josh Outman 1-0, Matt Belisle 1-0
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 28, Manny Corpas 7, Josh Outman 2, Wilton Lopez 1, Matt Belisle 3, Edgmer Escalona 2
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, CF5121021 .227
Justin Upton, RF4110131 .249
Freddie Freeman, 1B5110032 .299
Evan Gattis, C5101012 .252
Chris Johnson, 3B5222020 .339
Dan Uggla, 2B4212100 .202
Andrelton Simmons, SS5032001 .249
Joe Terdoslavich, LF3121101 .290
Brandon Beachy, P1000002 .000
   Jose Constanza, LF1000000 .167
Totals389129311  
Batting
2B - Chris Johnson (23, De La Rosa), Dan Uggla (9, De La Rosa), Andrelton Simmons (13, De La Rosa), Joe Terdoslavich (3, De La Rosa)
3B - Andrelton Simmons (3, Escalona)
SH - Brandon Beachy (1), David Carpenter (1)
RBI - Jason Heyward (25), Evan Gattis (40), Chris Johnson 2 (36), Dan Uggla 2 (51), Andrelton Simmons 2 (40), Joe Terdoslavich (2)
2-OUT RBI - Andrelton Simmons (10)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Simmons-Uggla-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy 3.2877152 17.18
David Carpenter 2.1100030 1.89
Luis Ayala (H,1) 1100000 4.15
Luis Avilan (H,17) 1200000 1.26
Jordan Walden (BS,1) 0.2211210 2.57
Scott Downs (W,3-3) 1.1100010 1.76
IBB - Cuddyer by Jordan Walden
WP - Brandon Beachy (1), David Carpenter (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 84-58, David Carpenter 30-23, Luis Ayala 13-10, Luis Avilan 10-6, Jordan Walden 22-10, Scott Downs 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 3-3, David Carpenter 3-1, Luis Ayala 1-1, Luis Avilan 2-0, Scott Downs 2-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 20, David Carpenter 8, Luis Ayala 3, Luis Avilan 4, Jordan Walden 6, Scott Downs 5
Game Information
Attendance - 31218
Game Time - 3:46
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Marvin Hudson