Sean Newcomb dazzles, Braves beat Rockies 4-0

DENVER (AP) The surprising Atlanta Braves surged behind their bats through the first week of the season. Now, they're getting some nice starting pitching, too.

Sean Newcomb pitched into the seventh inning, Nick Markakis and Dansby Swanson hit back-to-back homers and the Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 4-0 on Sunday.

''Every day it's someone new that's contributing,'' Newcomb said.

It was his turn in Denver.

Newcomb (1-1) allowed three hits in the first inning before retiring the next 16 batters to help the Braves take two of three in Colorado's home-opening series. The left-hander followed strong starts from Brandon McCarthy and Anibal Sanchez, tying his career high with nine strikeouts while not issuing a walk.

''He was locating the fastball and he had a devastating changeup and he mixed in his curveball,'' Colorado manager Bud Black said. ''So, when you're throwing 93, 94 mph, and you come from a high arm slot at 6-foot-5, he's got a great angle. The changeup is coming in there at 85, 86 mph, with some action to it, it's tough to solve. And we just didn't do it today.''

Newcomb left after allowing consecutive hits to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story to begin the seventh. Shane Carle, Sam Freeman and Arodys Vizcaino pitched in relief to preserve the shutout.

Kyle Freeland (0-2) allowed three runs, stuck out five and walked two in six innings for the Rockies. The Denver native had one out in the sixth before giving up deep balls to Markakis and Swanson that made it 3-0.

An inning earlier, Ozzie Albies had an RBI double off Freeland. He then homered off Chris Rusin in the seventh to put Atlanta up 4-0.

The Braves have scored 62 runs through their first nine games of the year. Colorado, meanwhile, scored only six runs in the series and was shut out at home for the first time since May 27, 2017, against St. Louis.

The Rockies had a runner in scoring position in the eighth, but third baseman Charlie Culberson helped thwart the threat with a catch that took him over the rolled-up tarp and into the stands.

''I'm not worried about it,'' second baseman DJ LeMahieu said. ''We'll get on a roll.''

GOING, GOING . GONE?

Colorado fill-in centerfielder Mike Tauchman did his best to help out Freeland in the sixth, jumping into the wall as he tried to pull back Markakis' shot. The crash, however, knocked Tauchman on his back and catapulted his glove over the wall.

There was some momentary confusion afterward.

''I didn't know what happened,'' Markakis said. ''I didn't know if he caught it or what happened. I looked at the umpire and I saw him signaling, so I knew it was good.''

The centerfield gate had to be opened to return Tauchman's glove.

LITTLE GUY WITH BIG POWER

Albies, who roped a ground-rule double and his third homer of the season, provides more power than his 5-foot-9, 165-pound frame would have one believe.

''I would probably say he and (Astros second baseman Jose) Altuve are probably pound-for-pound, might be the two strongest guys in the major leagues,'' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. ''He's not tall but he's strong, big.''

COORS FIELD CLUB

Newcomb became the third starting pitcher to toss at least six scoreless innings with no walks and at least nine strikeouts at Coors Field. Jon Gray and Hall of Famer Randy Johnson are the only other two to accomplish the feat.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: 3B Johan Camargo (oblique) is expected to continue his rehab assignment through Wednesday and could be back by next weekend's series with the Chicago Cubs.

Rockies: OF Charlie Blackmon, who left Saturday's game in the 10th inning, was out of the starting lineup with back stiffness. ''Charlie will be fine,'' Black said. ''A day-to-day situation.'' ... RHP Jeff Hoffman (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday and is expected to pitch for Class A Advanced Lancaster on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Braves: Julio Teheran (0-0, 10.13 ERA) faces the Washington Nationals and three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on Monday.

Rockies: On Monday, Jon Gray (1-1, 2.45) will face the San Diego Padres for a second straight start after tossing seven shutout innings against them five days ago.

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  • W: S. Newcomb (1-1)L: K. Freeland (0-2)
  • HR: ATL - N. Markakis (2), O. Albies (3), D. Swanson (1)
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  • a-struck out for Freeland in the 6th
  • b-fouled out for Rusin in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (3), F. Freeman (5)
  • HR - O. Albies (3), N. Markakis (2), D. Swanson
  • RBI - O. Albies 2 (6), N. Markakis (7), D. Swanson (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Valaika
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Inciarte (2)
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S. Newcomb (W, 1-1)6.05000904.351.3527.5
S. Carle (H, 1)1.11000001.170.782.0
S. Freeman0.20000000.000.750.0
A. Vizcaino1.00000101.931.713.5
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S. Newcomb (W, 1-1)6.0
S. Carle (H, 1)1.1
S. Freeman0.2
A. Vizcaino1.0
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K. Freeland (L, 0-2)6.07332525.561.416.5
C. Rusin2.01110219.001.435.0
S. Oberg1.00000202.081.384.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 0-2)6.0
C. Rusin2.0
S. Oberg1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 89-56, S. Carle 9-5, S. Freeman 6-3, A. Vizcaino 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 6-2, S. Carle 1-2, S. Freeman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 22, S. Carle 4, S. Freeman 2, A. Vizcaino 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 94-58, C. Rusin 22-15, S. Oberg 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 7-5, C. Rusin 2-2, S. Oberg 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, C. Rusin 7, S. Oberg 3
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F. Freeman 1B30100101.367.558.7331.2913.0
K. Suzuki C40000002.167.375.167.5420.0
N. Markakis RF41211010.324.419.541.9596.5
D. Swanson SS41211010.382.400.6181.0186.5
C. Culberson 3B40000012.200.273.200.473-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Freeman in the 9th
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N. Arenado 3B40200000.324.409.486.8962.0
T. Story SS40200010.211.286.395.6801.5
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G. Parra RF30000001.188.278.313.5900.0
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  • a-struck out for Freeland in the 6th
  • b-fouled out for Rusin in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (3), F. Freeman (5)
  • HR - O. Albies (3), N. Markakis (2), D. Swanson
  • RBI - O. Albies 2 (6), N. Markakis (7), D. Swanson (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Valaika
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Inciarte (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb (W, 1-1)6.05000904.351.3527.5
S. Carle (H, 1)1.11000001.170.782.0
S. Freeman0.20000000.000.750.0
A. Vizcaino1.00000101.931.713.5
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PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb (W, 1-1)6.0
S. Carle (H, 1)1.1
S. Freeman0.2
A. Vizcaino1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 0-2)6.07332525.561.416.5
C. Rusin2.01110219.001.435.0
S. Oberg1.00000202.081.384.0
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PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 0-2)6.0
C. Rusin2.0
S. Oberg1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 89-56, S. Carle 9-5, S. Freeman 6-3, A. Vizcaino 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 6-2, S. Carle 1-2, S. Freeman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 22, S. Carle 4, S. Freeman 2, A. Vizcaino 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 94-58, C. Rusin 22-15, S. Oberg 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 7-5, C. Rusin 2-2, S. Oberg 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, C. Rusin 7, S. Oberg 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Albies homered to left center40
  • 6TH INNING
    Swanson homered to center30
    Markakis homered to center20
  • 5TH INNING
    Albies doubled to deep center, Inciarte scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Scott Oberg pitching
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Foul, Culberson grounded out to second
    • P. Bourjos: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Bourjos struck out on foul tip
    • Preston Tucker hit for Sam Freeman
    • P. Tucker: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Arodys Vizcaino pitching
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Iannetta lined out to left
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado popped out to first
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • C. Rusin Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki fouled out to right
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to second
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Carle Pitching:
    • P. Valaika: Valaika doubled to deep right center
    • M. Tauchman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tauchman lined out to left
    • Sam Freeman relieved Shane Carle
    • Carlos Gonzalez hit for Chris Rusin
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez fouled out to third, Valaika to third
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Chris Rusin pitching
    • S. Newcomb: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Newcomb struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to second
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies homered to left center
    • F. Freeman: Freeman lined out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Arenado reached on an infield single to third
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Story singled to left, Arenado to second
    • Shane Carle relieved Sean Newcomb
    • I. Desmond: Desmond grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Arenado to third, Story out at second
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Parra lined out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis homered to center
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Swanson homered to center
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Culberson grounded out to second
    • P. Bourjos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bourjos grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan McMahon hit for Kyle Freeland
    • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Iannetta struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • P. Bourjos: Ball, Bourjos flied out to right
    • S. Newcomb: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Newcomb struck out looking
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Inciarte walked
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Inciarte stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Albies doubled to deep center, Inciarte scored
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Freeman grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Parra grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball, Valaika grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Tauchman: Tauchman grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson grounded out to third
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Arenado popped out to first
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Story grounded out to third
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Inciarte singled to shallow left center
    • O. Albies: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Albies grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Inciarte out at second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman walked
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu flied out to left
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike (foul tip), Markakis singled to center
    • D. Swanson: Swanson reached on bunt single to second, Markakis to second
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Culberson flied out to left
    • P. Bourjos: Ball, Ball, Bourjos reached on fielder's choice to first, Markakis to third, Swanson out at second
    • S. Newcomb: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Newcomb struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Parra grounded out to second
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Tauchman struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to deep right
    • F. Freeman: Freeman doubled to shallow left
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki lined out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Iannetta: Iannetta grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, LeMahieu out at second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Arenado singled to right
    • T. Story: Story singled to left, Arenado to second
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)