Acuna HR streak ends, Rockies rally past Braves 5-3

ATLANTA (AP) The Colorado Rockies took care of a couple of streaks.

First, they found a way to keep Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. from hitting one over the fence.

Then, Colorado rallied for three unearned runs in the ninth inning and a 5-3 victory that snapped Atlanta's five-game winning streak Thursday night.

David Dahl homered in the third and finished off the winning outburst against a depleted Atlanta bullpen, going the opposite way for a two-out, two-run single to left against Brad Brach.

''I was just trying to stay calm,'' said Dahl, who has spent time at Triple-A, missed a big chunk of the season with a broken foot and struggled to earn playing time with the Rockies. ''I had a feeling he was going to throw some off-speed stuff with (first) base open. I was just trying to take the ball the other way.''

With several relievers on the disabled list, including closer Arodys Vizcaino, the Braves have patched together a bullpen that usually turns to A.J. Minter to finish games. But the left-hander was unavailable after pitching three times in four days. So the Braves turned to Brach, who was acquired in a trade-deadline deal after recording 11 saves for Baltimore.

He couldn't convert his first save chance with Atlanta, hurt by shortstop Dansby Swanson's error leading off the ninth. Brach (1-3) recorded only two outs, surrendering two hits and a walk as the Rockies won for the fifth time in six games.

''We have to stick to our guns,'' manager Brian Snitker said. ''We have to get through the game even when we're without some of those guys.''

One night after being plunked in the left arm by Miami's Jose Urena, Acuna was back in the lineup looking to extend his homer streak to six games. Wearing a red protective guard, the 20-year-old slugger received a standing ovation his first time up and lined the second pitch - one more than he saw the previous game before leaving - into center field for a single that extended his hitting streak to nine games.

Acuna finished 1 for 4, lining out to right in the eighth in his final opportunity to become the first player in Braves franchise history to homer in six straight games.

Urena received a six-game suspension from Major League Baseball.

The Braves squandered a strong outing by Julio Teheran, who turned in his longest start since May 30. He pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and helped his cause with a run-scoring single in the fifth, snapping a 2-2 tie.

The Braves couldn't hold the lead.

''It's part of the game,'' Teheran said. ''Those things happen.''

The ninth-inning trouble began when Swanson bobbled Trevor Story's grounder and rushed a high throw to first that pulled Freddie Freeman off the bag.

''It was my play to make,'' Swanson said. ''I just didn't make it. Pretty simple.''

Pinch-hitter Ryan McMahon tied the game with an RBI single to right, but Brach still had a chance to work out of the jam after fanning Chris Iannetta.

Dahl foiled that plan.

''I just want to help the team win,'' he said. ''Whether that is when I do start, or as a pinch hitter, whatever they need me to do I'm ready for it.''

Seunghwan Oh (5-3) earned the win and Wade Davis worked a scoreless ninth for his 33rd save.

Kurt Suzuki homered for Atlanta in the second , tying the game at 1. Dahl put Colorado back ahead with a solo shot deep into the right-field seats.

WINNING GRAY

Colorado starter Jon Gray didn't figure in the decision after giving up five hits and three runs over seven innings.

But the Rockies have won each of his last eight starts, the longest such run since Colorado triumphed in nine straight games started by Ubaldo Jimenez in 2010.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves LHP Max Fried (blister) is set to make a rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. If all goes well, he could get a start for Atlanta next week.

LHP Sam Freeman (shoulder inflammation) is also rehabbing at Gwinnett and could return to the Braves bullpen shortly.

Longer term, RHPs Peter Moylan (forearm strain) and Brandon McCarthy (knee tendinitis) have been throwing on the side for the Triple-A team and are in line to make rehab appearances next week.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LH Kyle Freeland (10-7, 3.02) goes into Friday's start in Atlanta with lowest ERA in the National League by a qualifying left-hander.

Braves: LH Sean Newcomb (10-5, 3.40) beat Freeland when they faced each other on April 8 in Denver. The Braves starter threw six innings in a 4-0 win over the Rockies.

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  • W: S. Oh (5-3)L: B. Brach (1-3)S: W. Davis (33)
  • HR: COL - D. Dahl (6), ATL - K. Suzuki (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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D. LeMahieu 2B50100011.272.319.414.7330.5
C. Gonzalez RF30000110.287.342.490.8320.5
N. Arenado 3B41200022.310.394.587.9812.0
T. Story SS31000111.289.346.547.8931.5
G. Parra LF31000102.284.338.379.7172.0
I. Desmond 1B30010022.230.301.429.7290.0
T. Wolters C20000101.154.280.257.5371.0
a- R. McMahon PH11110000.235.323.397.7205.0
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Gray P10000010.073.116.098.214-0.5
b- C. Blackmon PH10000000.273.342.470.8110.0
S. Oh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- C. Iannetta PH-C10000012.218.321.371.692-0.5
  • a-singled for Wolters in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Gray in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Oh in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF40100011.287.347.571.9182.5
O. Albies 2B40000022.277.311.486.797-1.0
F. Freeman 1B30100010.323.403.535.9393.5
N. Markakis RF30000113.319.382.496.8780.5
J. Camargo 3B40000022.264.342.451.792-1.0
E. Inciarte CF40000011.249.309.354.663-0.5
K. Suzuki C32211010.256.321.421.7438.5
D. Swanson SS31110020.239.296.391.6873.0
J. Teheran P20110000.226.242.323.5652.0
L. Jackson P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
a- C. Culberson PH10000000.295.339.513.8520.0
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Sobotka P000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Jackson in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - D. Dahl (6)
  • SF - I. Desmond (3)
  • SH - J. Gray (6)
  • RBI - D. Dahl 3 (19), I. Desmond (60), R. McMahon (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Dahl 2 (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dahl, D. LeMahieu, N. Arenado 2 (2), T. Story, T. Wolters
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Suzuki (18), D. Swanson (21)
  • HR - K. Suzuki (9)
  • RBI - K. Suzuki (38), D. Swanson (47), J. Teheran (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Suzuki (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Albies, E. Inciarte
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Dahl (4), R. McMahon
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (9), F. Freeman (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Story-LeMahieu-Desmond; Story-LeMahieu-Desmond)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Swanson (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray7.05331914.761.2919.5
S. Oh (W, 5-3)1.00000002.540.9910.0
W. Davis (S, 33)1.01000205.191.2310.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray7.0
S. Oh (W, 5-3)1.0
W. Davis (S, 33)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran7.03222714.241.2220.5
L. Jackson (H, 2)1.01001103.951.351.5
B. Brach (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)0.22301204.051.65-7.0
C. Sobotka0.10000000.000.900.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran7.0
L. Jackson (H, 2)1.0
B. Brach (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)0.2
C. Sobotka0.1
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Gray (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 94-62, S. Oh 17-11, W. Davis 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 5-5, S. Oh 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 26, S. Oh 3, W. Davis 4
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Jackson (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 90-55, L. Jackson 18-11, B. Brach 26-16, C. Sobotka 4-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 8-6, L. Jackson 2-0, B. Brach 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 26, L. Jackson 5, B. Brach 6, C. Sobotka
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Dahl CF51231011.270.318.484.80210.5
D. LeMahieu 2B50100011.272.319.414.7330.5
C. Gonzalez RF30000110.287.342.490.8320.5
N. Arenado 3B41200022.310.394.587.9812.0
T. Story SS31000111.289.346.547.8931.5
G. Parra LF31000102.284.338.379.7172.0
I. Desmond 1B30010022.230.301.429.7290.0
T. Wolters C20000101.154.280.257.5371.0
a- R. McMahon PH11110000.235.323.397.7205.0
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Gray P10000010.073.116.098.214-0.5
b- C. Blackmon PH10000000.273.342.470.8110.0
S. Oh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- C. Iannetta PH-C10000012.218.321.371.692-0.5
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  • a-singled for Wolters in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Gray in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Oh in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF40100011.287.347.571.9182.5
O. Albies 2B40000022.277.311.486.797-1.0
F. Freeman 1B30100010.323.403.535.9393.5
N. Markakis RF30000113.319.382.496.8780.5
J. Camargo 3B40000022.264.342.451.792-1.0
E. Inciarte CF40000011.249.309.354.663-0.5
K. Suzuki C32211010.256.321.421.7438.5
D. Swanson SS31110020.239.296.391.6873.0
J. Teheran P20110000.226.242.323.5652.0
L. Jackson P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
a- C. Culberson PH10000000.295.339.513.8520.0
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Sobotka P000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
Total3136311119-----
  • a-grounded out for Jackson in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - D. Dahl (6)
  • SF - I. Desmond (3)
  • SH - J. Gray (6)
  • RBI - D. Dahl 3 (19), I. Desmond (60), R. McMahon (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Dahl 2 (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dahl, D. LeMahieu, N. Arenado 2 (2), T. Story, T. Wolters
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Suzuki (18), D. Swanson (21)
  • HR - K. Suzuki (9)
  • RBI - K. Suzuki (38), D. Swanson (47), J. Teheran (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Suzuki (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Albies, E. Inciarte
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Dahl (4), R. McMahon
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (9), F. Freeman (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Story-LeMahieu-Desmond; Story-LeMahieu-Desmond)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Swanson (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray7.05331914.761.2919.5
S. Oh (W, 5-3)1.00000002.540.9910.0
W. Davis (S, 33)1.01000205.191.2310.0
Total9.06331111---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray7.0
S. Oh (W, 5-3)1.0
W. Davis (S, 33)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran7.03222714.241.2220.5
L. Jackson (H, 2)1.01001103.951.351.5
B. Brach (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)0.22301204.051.65-7.0
C. Sobotka0.10000000.000.900.0
Total9.06524101---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran7.0
L. Jackson (H, 2)1.0
B. Brach (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)0.2
C. Sobotka0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Gray (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 94-62, S. Oh 17-11, W. Davis 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 5-5, S. Oh 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 26, S. Oh 3, W. Davis 4
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Jackson (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 90-55, L. Jackson 18-11, B. Brach 26-16, C. Sobotka 4-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 8-6, L. Jackson 2-0, B. Brach 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 26, L. Jackson 5, B. Brach 6, C. Sobotka
  • 9TH INNING
    Dahl singled to left, Parra and McMahon scored53
    McMahon singled to right, Story scored, Parra to third33
  • 5TH INNING
    Teheran singled to left, Swanson scored23
    Swanson doubled to left center, Suzuki scored22
  • 3RD INNING
    Dahl homered to right center21
  • 2ND INNING
    Suzuki homered to left center11
    Desmond hit sacrifice fly to center, Arenado scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brad Brach pitching
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Story safe at first on shortstop Swanson fielding error
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Parra walked, Story to second
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • Ryan McMahon hit for Tony Wolters
    • R. McMahon: McMahon singled to right, Story scored, Parra to third
    • Chris Iannetta hit for Seung-Hwan Oh
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Iannetta struck out on foul tip, McMahon stole second
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Dahl singled to left, Parra and McMahon scored
    • Chad Sobotka relieved Brad Brach
    • D. LeMahieu: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dahl stole second, LeMahieu flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Wade Davis pitching
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Freeman singled to deep right center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging, Freeman stole second
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Inciarte lined out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Luke Jackson relieved Julio Teheran
    • Charlie Blackmon hit for Jon Gray
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dahl grounded out to pitcher
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu singled to right
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked, LeMahieu to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, LeMahieu to third, Gonzalez to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Seung-Hwan Oh pitching
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Luke Jackson
    • C. Culberson: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Culberson grounded out to third
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna lined out to right
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Foul, Foul, Parra grounded out to second
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wolters grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte flied out to right
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arenado singled to left
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Camargo grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Markakis out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Desmond lined out to right
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gray hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Wolters to second
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Suzuki doubled to left
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Swanson doubled to left center, Suzuki scored
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Teheran singled to left, Swanson scored
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Albies struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Ball, Story grounded out to third
    • G. Parra: Parra grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Freeman flied out to center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Markakis flied out to deep center
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Gray: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Foul, Dahl homered to right center
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez lined out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Teheran fouled out to first
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Acuna grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado singled to center
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Story walked, Arenado to second
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra lined out to right, Arenado to third
    • I. Desmond: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Desmond hit sacrifice fly to center, Arenado scored
    • T. Wolters: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Wolters popped out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Camargo grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki homered to left center
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Dahl flied out to deep center
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna singled to left center
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Acuna stole second, Strike swinging, Albies popped out to third
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman hit by pitch
    • N. Markakis: Markakis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Freeman out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)