Hot-hitting Braves roll over Rockies 8-3 on frigid Friday

DENVER (AP) While his teammates shivered and the mercury plummeted, Brandon McCarthy embraced Colorado's wintry weather.

''Yeah, it felt like high school baseball. I don't mind pitching in cold. I got used to it growing up,'' McCarthy said. ''It's been a while since I've been back in it. It's much easier for the pitcher than the hitter, so keep that in mind and get loose.''

McCarthy tossed six solid innings and delivered a two-run double that chased German Marquez in the fifth inning of the Atlanta Braves' 8-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on a frigid Friday that marked the second-coldest game in Coors Field history.

''The cold, it's not something I'm scared of, it's something I almost get excited for,'' said McCarthy, who attended Cheyenne Mountain High School an hour south of Denver in Colorado Springs. ''In the cold, it's just something I know it sucks for hitters. And once I get loose it really isn't that big of a deal for pitchers.''

It was 27 degrees when the Rockies' home opener began after an hour-long delay caused by sleet and snow. That was just 4 degrees warmer than when these teams met in Denver on April 23, 2013, in the coldest first-pitch temperature in major league history.

The Braves won that one, 4-3.

McCarthy (2-0) allowed three runs and five hits, more than enough for the hot-hitting Braves, who lead the majors with a whopping 8-run average so far.

''Everybody's doing their part,'' McCarthy said. ''Pinch-hitters are coming in doing it, pitchers have been hitting, the offense has been consistent.''

No so the Rockies.

Marquez (0-1) following up a spectacular first start at Arizona by giving up seven runs, seven hits and six walks in just 4 2/3 innings.

''It was a little tough because I didn't have my grip at all,'' said Marquez, a 23-year-old Venezuelan who, unlike McCarthy, took the mound without long sleeves and never got a good feel for his pitches because of the finger-numbing cold.

Marquez allowed a solo homer to Ozzie Albies in the first and walked two batters before Preston Tucker's sacrifice fly and Dansby Swanson's two-run triple made it 4-0.

''It was my first time seeing snow. I was excited,'' said Albies, who's from Curacao. ''I was acting like a little kid out there. I put the barrel on the ball. That was awesome.''

His mound opponent was used to it.

''Maybe growing up in Colorado and playing baseball in this weather all through high school helped? Holy RBI double!! Amazing,'' tweeted McCarthy's wife, Amanda.

Colorado got a run back in the bottom half when Carlos Gonzalez lined a run-scoring triple to right-center. Gonzalez added a solo homer in the fourth, a 445-foot shot into the right field bleachers, and two batters later Trevor Story also went deep for the first time this season with a 442-footer.

McCarthy, the first Braves pitcher to last six innings so far, followed Swanson's two-out RBI triple in the fifth with a two-run double that made it 7-3 and chased Marquez.

''Any player with a bat in his hand can be dangerous,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said.

''Of course, that one stings a little bit more,'' Marquez said. ''As a pitcher, you try to get him out. But you know he's still an enemy and he's trying to hurt you, so you've just got to make pitches.''

He left his fastball out over the plate and McCarthy drove it into the right-field alley.

''I didn't swing before the game, I wasn't ready to hit in 10 degree weather off a guy throwing 95,'' said McCarthy, who struck out his first two times up. ''That last at-bat I started to get frustrated so I'm glad I was able to do something there.''

Peter Moylan, Jose Ramirez and Shane Carle combined to throw three scoreless innings for Atlanta.

SO CLOSE

Swanson, who singled in the third, came close to hitting for the cycle - he drove a pitch to the track in right field in the seventh. In the ninth, he lined out to shallow right.

HOT HITTERS

The Braves have scored an MLB-most 56 runs through seven games, breaking the franchise mark of 53 set by the 2006 team and the 1900 Boston Beaneaters.

''If I knew why or how, we'd have done it last year,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''It's just one of those things. Everybody is contributing. We've got a lot of guys swinging the bat with men on base.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: C Kurt Suzuki played for the first time since bruising his right hand when he was plunked by a pitch on March 30. Snitker said Suzuki will also catch Sunday. ''Going forward, it will be four out of five. I don't want to wear him out,'' Snitker said.

UP NEXT

Atlanta sends RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0) to the mound Saturday night, and Colorado counters with RHP Bettis (1-0).

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  • W: B. McCarthy (2-0)L: G. Marquez (0-1)
  • HR: ATL - O. Albies (2), COL - C. Gonzalez (1), T. Story (1)
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F. Freeman 1B31110200.409.618.8181.4365.0
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D. Swanson SS51330000.370.370.556.92610.0
R. Flaherty 3B21000300.400.516.5601.0766.0
B. McCarthy P30120025.250.250.500.7503.0
b- P. Bourjos PH-LF10000000.000.125.000.1250.0
  • a-grounded out for Ramirez in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for McCarthy in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF30000101.313.389.7501.1391.0
D. LeMahieu 2B40000011.276.417.517.934-0.5
N. Arenado 3B41200001.276.371.483.8545.0
C. Gonzalez RF41221012.267.290.467.7579.5
I. Desmond 1B40000013.296.296.556.852-0.5
G. Parra LF40000011.160.250.320.570-0.5
T. Story SS41111020.167.242.300.5425.0
C. Iannetta C40200010.409.480.500.9803.5
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  • a-grounded out for Dunn in the 5th
  • b-walked for Rusin in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Oberg in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (2), D. Swanson (3), B. McCarthy
  • 3B - D. Swanson
  • HR - O. Albies (2)
  • SF - P. Tucker
  • RBI - O. Albies (4), F. Freeman (10), P. Tucker (9), D. Swanson 3 (6), B. McCarthy 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Swanson 3 (6), B. McCarthy 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Iannetta 2 (2)
  • 3B - C. Gonzalez
  • HR - C. Gonzalez, T. Story
  • RBI - C. Gonzalez 2 (4), T. Story (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Gonzalez (2), T. Story
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Flaherty
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Arenado
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. McCarthy (W, 2-0)6.05331423.971.3221.0
P. Moylan0.20001200.003.750.0
J. Ramirez1.11000009.002.332.0
S. Carle1.01000201.420.793.0
PITCHERSIP
B. McCarthy (W, 2-0)6.0
P. Moylan0.2
J. Ramirez1.1
S. Carle1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez (L, 0-1)4.27776216.522.17-12.0
M. Dunn0.10000007.711.710.0
C. Rusin2.021100010.801.803.0
S. Oberg2.02001002.701.803.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez (L, 0-1)4.2
M. Dunn0.1
C. Rusin2.0
S. Oberg2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. McCarthy 88-60, P. Moylan 20-10, J. Ramirez 25-15, S. Carle 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McCarthy 9-5, J. Ramirez 1-3, S. Carle 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. McCarthy 24, P. Moylan 3, J. Ramirez 5, S. Carle 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - G. Marquez 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 93-53, M. Dunn 3-2, C. Rusin 28-20, S. Oberg 28-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 4-8, C. Rusin 5-1, S. Oberg 4-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 27, M. Dunn, C. Rusin 8, S. Oberg 8
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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O. Albies 2B52211001.206.206.500.7069.0
F. Freeman 1B31110200.409.618.8181.4365.0
N. Markakis RF41100101.310.412.483.8953.0
K. Suzuki C51100003.250.455.250.7052.0
P. Tucker LF21110101.435.462.7831.2444.0
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S. Carle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Swanson SS51330000.370.370.556.92610.0
R. Flaherty 3B21000300.400.516.5601.0766.0
B. McCarthy P30120025.250.250.500.7503.0
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  • a-grounded out for Ramirez in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for McCarthy in the 7th
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C. Blackmon CF30000101.313.389.7501.1391.0
D. LeMahieu 2B40000011.276.417.517.934-0.5
N. Arenado 3B41200001.276.371.483.8545.0
C. Gonzalez RF41221012.267.290.467.7579.5
I. Desmond 1B40000013.296.296.556.852-0.5
G. Parra LF40000011.160.250.320.570-0.5
T. Story SS41111020.167.242.300.5425.0
C. Iannetta C40200010.409.480.500.9803.5
G. Marquez P10000001.333.333.333.6670.0
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. McMahon PH10000000.000.167.000.1670.0
C. Rusin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Tauchman PH00000100.000.200.000.2001.0
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Dunn in the 5th
  • b-walked for Rusin in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Oberg in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (2), D. Swanson (3), B. McCarthy
  • 3B - D. Swanson
  • HR - O. Albies (2)
  • SF - P. Tucker
  • RBI - O. Albies (4), F. Freeman (10), P. Tucker (9), D. Swanson 3 (6), B. McCarthy 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Swanson 3 (6), B. McCarthy 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Iannetta 2 (2)
  • 3B - C. Gonzalez
  • HR - C. Gonzalez, T. Story
  • RBI - C. Gonzalez 2 (4), T. Story (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Gonzalez (2), T. Story
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Flaherty
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Arenado
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. McCarthy (W, 2-0)6.05331423.971.3221.0
P. Moylan0.20001200.003.750.0
J. Ramirez1.11000009.002.332.0
S. Carle1.01000201.420.793.0
Total9.0733282---
PITCHERSIP
B. McCarthy (W, 2-0)6.0
P. Moylan0.2
J. Ramirez1.1
S. Carle1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez (L, 0-1)4.27776216.522.17-12.0
M. Dunn0.10000007.711.710.0
C. Rusin2.021100010.801.803.0
S. Oberg2.02001002.701.803.0
Total9.01188721---
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez (L, 0-1)4.2
M. Dunn0.1
C. Rusin2.0
S. Oberg2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. McCarthy 88-60, P. Moylan 20-10, J. Ramirez 25-15, S. Carle 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McCarthy 9-5, J. Ramirez 1-3, S. Carle 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. McCarthy 24, P. Moylan 3, J. Ramirez 5, S. Carle 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - G. Marquez 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 93-53, M. Dunn 3-2, C. Rusin 28-20, S. Oberg 28-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 4-8, C. Rusin 5-1, S. Oberg 4-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 27, M. Dunn, C. Rusin 8, S. Oberg 8
  • 6TH INNING
    Freeman singled to right, Albies scored83
  • 5TH INNING
    McCarthy doubled to deep right center, Swanson and Flaherty scored73
    Swanson doubled to left, Tucker scored, Swanson to third53
  • 4TH INNING
    Story homered to left center43
    Gonzalez homered to right42
  • 1ST INNING
    Gonzalez tripled to deep right center, Arenado scored41
    Swanson tripled to deep right center, Markakis and Suzuki scored40
    Tucker hit sacrifice fly to center, Freeman scored20
    Albies homered to right10
  • 9TH INNING
    • S. Oberg Pitching:
    • L. Adams: Lane Adams facing Scott Oberg
    • J. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to third
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Swanson lined out to right
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Foul, Flaherty grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Lane Adams hit for Jose Ramirez
    • Shane Carle pitching
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Parra grounded out to second
    • T. Story: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Ball, Iannetta doubled to deep right
    • Pat Valaika hit for Scott Oberg
    • P. Valaika: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Valaika struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Scott Oberg pitching
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte singled to right
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Albies grounded into double play first to shortstop to first, Inciarte out at second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis singled to left, Freeman to second
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Suzuki reached on fielder's choice to third, Freeman out at third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Ramirez Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu lined out to right
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Arenado singled to right
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez fouled out to catcher
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Desmond grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Rusin Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Swanson flied out to deep right
    • R. Flaherty: Flaherty grounded out to first
    • Peter Bourjos hit for Brandon McCarthy
    • P. Bourjos: Bourjos grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Peter Moylan pitching
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Story struck out on foul tip
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
    • Mike Tauchman hit for Chris Rusin
    • M. Tauchman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Tauchman walked
    • Story flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Chris Rusin pitching
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Albies doubled to center
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Freeman singled to right, Albies scored
    • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Markakis grounded out to first, Freeman to second
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Foul, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tucker grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Arenado singled to right
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Markakis flied out to deep center
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki flied out to right
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Tucker walked
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Foul, Swanson doubled to left, Tucker scored, Swanson to third
    • R. Flaherty: Flaherty intentionally walked
    • B. McCarthy: Foul, Flaherty stole second, Ball, McCarthy doubled to deep right center, Swanson and Flaherty scored
    • Mike Dunn relieved German Marquez
    • E. Inciarte: Strike swinging, Ball, Inciarte lined out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan McMahon hit for Mike Dunn
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, McMahon grounded out to first
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon grounded out to first
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Inciarte flied out to deep left
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Albies popped out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez homered to right
    • I. Desmond: Desmond grounded out to first
    • G. Parra: Parra flied out to deep left
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Story homered to left center
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Iannetta grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Markakis grounded out to third
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Suzuki flied out to center
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tucker singled to left
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson reached on an infield single to shortstop, Tucker to second
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flaherty walked, Tucker to third, Swanson to second
    • B. McCarthy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCarthy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to deep right
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Arenado flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Foul, Inciarte lined out to left
    • O. Albies: Albies lined out to right
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Freeman grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Parra grounded out to first
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Story flied out to deep center
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Iannetta doubled to deep left
    • G. Marquez: Marquez grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to pitcher
    • O. Albies: Foul, Albies homered to right
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman walked
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked, Freeman to second
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Suzuki singled to center, Freeman to third, Markakis to second
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Tucker hit sacrifice fly to center, Freeman scored
    • D. Swanson: Swanson tripled to deep right center, Markakis and Suzuki scored
    • R. Flaherty: Flaherty intentionally walked
    • B. McCarthy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCarthy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Arenado reached on fielder's choice to third, Blackmon out at second
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arenado stole second, Gonzalez tripled to deep right center, Arenado scored
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond lined out to second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)