Acuna homers early, Braves hold off Rockies 8-6

DENVER (AP) Julio Teheran's solid pitching early helped him get through a very rough patch, with a big assist from the Atlanta Braves' lineup.

Backed by Ronald Acuna Jr.'s home run and Dansby Swanson's three RBIs, the right-hander weathered a six-run inning - Colorado's biggest of the season - in helping the Braves beat the Rockies 8-6 on Monday night for their first road win of the year.

''There was only one bad inning that I had,'' Teheran said. ''We got the offense working early and I think that's what won the ballgame. I was good in the first four innings but I kind of got in trouble with a couple homers in the fifth. It was just one of those starts. I feel like all my pitches were working. It was just a crazy inning, I'll call it like that.''

Nick Markakis added three hits and two RBIs for the Braves, swept in their season-opening trip to Philadelphia.

Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds and Trevor Story homered for the Rockies, who have lost eight of nine.

Teheran (1-1) allowed six runs and five hits - all in the fifth inning - but benefited from a Braves bullpen that delivered four scoreless frames. A.J. Minter got three outs for his first save.

''It was a typical Coors Field game or inning,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''I didn't feel good up 7-0, I know that. We're just lucky that the bullpen did a great job coming in because those are the kind of games that can end up being 15-12, so the bullpen did great, and as well as Julio pitched, I'm glad he got the win.''

Kyle Freeland (1-2) gave up seven runs and seven hits in five innings for his first loss at Coors Field since June 10 against Arizona.

''I didn't have command of my fastball glove side,'' Freeland said. ''I normally do. Slider was flat, couldn't get on top of it, couldn't get it down in the zone. And the result is what it is. When you don't have the two best pitches in the arsenal, things are going to go sideways quick.''

Teheran was staked to a 7-0 lead and held the Rockies hitless until Josh Fuentes singled to center field to start the fifth.

Fuentes, a rookie infielder making his first major league start, scored on a sacrifice fly by Garrett Hampson. Reynolds, batting for Freeland, drove the first pitch he saw into the left field bleachers. Charlie Blackmon walked and Nolan Arenado singled ahead of Story's towering home run that landed among the evergreens beyond the center field fence.

Acuna got the Braves on the board in the first, driving a 2-1 pitch from Freeland into the second deck above the Rockies' bullpen in right-center. Acuna's third home run of the season also scored Josh Donaldson, who was aboard on a walk.

Acuna was hit by a pitch his next time up in the third to load the bases and Markakis lined a single to center, driving in two runs to make it 4-0.

Atlanta added three more in the fifth, including Swanson's two-run triple. Swanson came home on a wild pitch by Freeland that bounced away from catcher Chris Iannetta.

THE CATCH

Besides his offensive contributions, Swanson sprinted into foul territory from his shortstop position and made a tumbling catch of pinch-hitter Tony Wolters' pop fly to ring up a key out in the ninth inning.

''When you have defense like that, it helps you a bunch,'' Minter said. ''He made an awesome play.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: Atlanta is on the mend at catcher. Backup C Tyler Flowers could be back as soon as Tuesday after missing the last two games due to a bruised right hand. ''We'll wait and see how he feels when he gets here (Tuesday morning),'' Snitker said. ''If he needs another day or two, so be it, we'll give it to him. If he's ready to go, we'll get him out there.'' Flowers was hit by a fastball Saturday against Miami. C Brian McCann strained his right hamstring earlier in that game and was placed on the 10-day injured list. C Alex Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill McCann's roster spot. ... RHP Mike Foltynewicz is set to make a rehab start Tuesday for Gwinnett. Snitker said Foltynewicz, on the 10-day injured list because of a bone spur in his right elbow, will be limited to 75-80 pitches.

Rockies: LF David Dahl was held out of the lineup after leaving Sunday's game following his initial at-bat. He apparently tweaked his right side on a swing.

UP NEXT

Braves: LHP Max Fried (1-0) looks to build off six scoreless innings in a sparkling season debut.

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (1-0, 0.69 ERA) makes his first start of the season Tuesday night. Since the All-Star break last year, Marquez is 7-3 with a 2.38 ERA.

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  • W: J. Teheran (1-1)L: K. Freeland (1-2)S: A. Minter (1)
  • HR: ATL - R. Acuna (3), COL - M. Reynolds (1), T. Story (4)
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J. Donaldson 3B32100200.182.341.212.5545.0
F. Freeman 1B51100022.389.522.5831.1051.0
R. Acuna LF33221110.176.349.441.79011.5
N. Markakis RF41320100.324.390.405.7967.0
D. Swanson SS41130013.333.436.7331.1696.5
E. Inciarte CF30100112.206.325.382.7071.5
A. Jackson C30000115.000.143.000.1430.5
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    C. Blackmon RF41000103.273.340.386.7262.0
    R. Tapia LF40100011.200.238.300.5380.5
    N. Arenado 3B41100001.279.319.372.6912.0
    T. Story SS31131110.231.333.538.8728.5
    C. Iannetta C40000031.190.320.381.701-1.5
    J. Fuentes 1B41100000.333.333.333.6672.0
    P. Valaika 2B41100010.167.231.250.4812.5
    G. Hampson CF20010000.077.074.077.1511.0
    S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    W. Davis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- T. Wolters PH10000000.222.263.333.5960.0
    K. Freeland P00000100.000.500.000.5001.0
    b- M. Reynolds PH11121000.222.318.444.7637.0
    D. Johnson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    I. Desmond CF20200000.135.179.189.3693.0
    • a-fouled out for Davis in the 9th
    • b-homered for Freeland in the 5th
    BATTING
    • 3B - D. Swanson
    • HR - R. Acuna (3)
    • SF - D. Swanson (2)
    • RBI - R. Acuna 2 (6), N. Markakis 2 (8), D. Swanson 3 (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna 2 (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Swanson, A. Jackson 4 (4), J. Teheran 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - P. Valaika, I. Desmond (2)
    • HR - T. Story (4), M. Reynolds
    • SF - G. Hampson
    • RBI - T. Story 3 (9), G. Hampson, M. Reynolds 2 (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Story 3 (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon 2 (2), N. Arenado, C. Iannetta
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Fuentes-Arenado)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Teheran (W, 1-1)5.05663326.001.539.5
    L. Jackson (H, 1)1.01000106.351.412.5
    J. Venters (H, 1)0.210000013.503.75-1.0
    C. Sobotka (H, 1)1.10000207.711.504.0
    A. Minter (S, 1)1.01000009.002.509.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Teheran (W, 1-1)5.0
    L. Jackson (H, 1)1.0
    J. Venters (H, 1)0.2
    C. Sobotka (H, 1)1.1
    A. Minter (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Freeland (L, 1-2)5.07774315.401.26-6.5
    D. Johnson1.02111006.751.69-1.0
    S. Oberg2.00000201.931.297.0
    W. Davis1.00001300.001.503.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Freeland (L, 1-2)5.0
    D. Johnson1.0
    S. Oberg2.0
    W. Davis1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 78-48, L. Jackson 17-11, J. Venters 8-5, C. Sobotka 10-9, A. Minter 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 5-7, L. Jackson 2-0, J. Venters 1-0, C. Sobotka 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 23, L. Jackson 4, J. Venters 2, C. Sobotka 4, A. Minter 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - K. Freeland (2)
    • IBB - K. Freeland
    • HBP - K. Freeland (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 91-60, D. Johnson 20-12, S. Oberg 29-20, W. Davis 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 8-4, D. Johnson 2-0, S. Oberg 1-3
    • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 27, D. Johnson 5, S. Oberg 6, W. Davis 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Donaldson 3B32100200.182.341.212.5545.0
    F. Freeman 1B51100022.389.522.5831.1051.0
    R. Acuna LF33221110.176.349.441.79011.5
    N. Markakis RF41320100.324.390.405.7967.0
    D. Swanson SS41130013.333.436.7331.1696.5
    E. Inciarte CF30100112.206.325.382.7071.5
    A. Jackson C30000115.000.143.000.1430.5
    J. Teheran P30000002.000.000.000.0000.0
    L. Jackson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Venters P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Sobotka P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total3489716814-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Blackmon RF41000103.273.340.386.7262.0
      R. Tapia LF40100011.200.238.300.5380.5
      N. Arenado 3B41100001.279.319.372.6912.0
      T. Story SS31131110.231.333.538.8728.5
      C. Iannetta C40000031.190.320.381.701-1.5
      J. Fuentes 1B41100000.333.333.333.6672.0
      P. Valaika 2B41100010.167.231.250.4812.5
      G. Hampson CF20010000.077.074.077.1511.0
      S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      W. Davis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- T. Wolters PH10000000.222.263.333.5960.0
      K. Freeland P00000100.000.500.000.5001.0
      b- M. Reynolds PH11121000.222.318.444.7637.0
      D. Johnson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      I. Desmond CF20200000.135.179.189.3693.0
      Total336862366-----
      • a-fouled out for Davis in the 9th
      • b-homered for Freeland in the 5th
      BATTING
      • 3B - D. Swanson
      • HR - R. Acuna (3)
      • SF - D. Swanson (2)
      • RBI - R. Acuna 2 (6), N. Markakis 2 (8), D. Swanson 3 (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Swanson, A. Jackson 4 (4), J. Teheran 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - P. Valaika, I. Desmond (2)
      • HR - T. Story (4), M. Reynolds
      • SF - G. Hampson
      • RBI - T. Story 3 (9), G. Hampson, M. Reynolds 2 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Story 3 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon 2 (2), N. Arenado, C. Iannetta
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Fuentes-Arenado)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Teheran (W, 1-1)5.05663326.001.539.5
      L. Jackson (H, 1)1.01000106.351.412.5
      J. Venters (H, 1)0.210000013.503.75-1.0
      C. Sobotka (H, 1)1.10000207.711.504.0
      A. Minter (S, 1)1.01000009.002.509.0
      Total9.0866362---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Teheran (W, 1-1)5.0
      L. Jackson (H, 1)1.0
      J. Venters (H, 1)0.2
      C. Sobotka (H, 1)1.1
      A. Minter (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Freeland (L, 1-2)5.07774315.401.26-6.5
      D. Johnson1.02111006.751.69-1.0
      S. Oberg2.00000201.931.297.0
      W. Davis1.00001300.001.503.5
      Total9.0988681---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Freeland (L, 1-2)5.0
      D. Johnson1.0
      S. Oberg2.0
      W. Davis1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 78-48, L. Jackson 17-11, J. Venters 8-5, C. Sobotka 10-9, A. Minter 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 5-7, L. Jackson 2-0, J. Venters 1-0, C. Sobotka 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 23, L. Jackson 4, J. Venters 2, C. Sobotka 4, A. Minter 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Freeland (2)
      • IBB - K. Freeland
      • HBP - K. Freeland (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 91-60, D. Johnson 20-12, S. Oberg 29-20, W. Davis 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 8-4, D. Johnson 2-0, S. Oberg 1-3
      • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 27, D. Johnson 5, S. Oberg 6, W. Davis 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Swanson hit sacrifice fly to center, Acuna scored86
      • 5TH INNING
        Story homered to center, Blackmon and Arenado scored76
        Reynolds homered to left, Valaika scored73
        Hampson hit sacrifice fly to center, Fuentes scored71
        Swanson scored, Jackson to second on wild pitch70
        Swanson tripled to deep center, Acuna and Markakis scored60
      • 3RD INNING
        Markakis singled to left center, Donaldson and Freeman scored, Acuna to second40
      • 1ST INNING
        Acuna homered to right center, Donaldson scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Wade Davis relieved Scott Oberg
        • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
        • R. Acuna: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis walked
        • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A.J. Minter relieved Chad Sobotka
        • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Valaika flied out to left
        • Tony Wolters hit for Wade Davis
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters fouled out to shortstop
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond doubled to deep left
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon flied out to deep center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Oberg Pitching:
        • C. Sobotka: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sobotka struck out looking
        • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Donaldson flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sobotka Pitching:
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • C. Iannetta: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Iannetta struck out looking
        • J. Fuentes: Fuentes grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Johnson Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna walked
        • N. Markakis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Markakis singled to left center, Acuna to third, Markakis to second
        • Ian Desmond in center field
        • Scott Oberg pitching
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Swanson hit sacrifice fly to center, Acuna scored
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Inciarte grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Jackson: Jackson fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. Jackson Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Desmond singled to center
        • Jonny Venters relieved Luke Jackson
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Blackmon grounded out to shortstop, Desmond out at second
        • R. Tapia: Ball, Ball, Tapia singled to center
        • Chad Sobotka relieved Jonny Venters
        • N. Arenado: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Arenado flied out to deep right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D.J. Johnson pitching
        • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Albies grounded out to first
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson singled to center
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman grounded out to third, Donaldson out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Luke Jackson relieved Julio Teheran
        • J. Fuentes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Fuentes grounded out to first
        • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
        • G. Hampson: Hampson grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Freeman grounded out to third
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna singled to left center
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Markakis singled to right, Acuna to third
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson tripled to deep center, Acuna and Markakis scored
        • E. Inciarte: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
        • A. Jackson: Jackson intentionally walked
        • J. Teheran: Ball, Swanson scored, Jackson to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Teheran grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Teheran Pitching:
        • J. Fuentes: Fuentes singled to center
        • P. Valaika: Valaika doubled to deep left, Fuentes to third
        • G. Hampson: Ball, Hampson hit sacrifice fly to center, Fuentes scored
        • Mark Reynolds hit for Kyle Freeland
        • M. Reynolds: Reynolds homered to left, Valaika scored
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked
        • R. Tapia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Arenado singled to center, Blackmon to second
        • T. Story: Foul, Story homered to center, Blackmon and Arenado scored
        • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • J. Teheran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Teheran grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Albies: Ball, Albies grounded out to third
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Teheran Pitching:
        • R. Tapia: Ball, Foul, Tapia grounded out to second
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado lined out to left
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story walked
        • C. Iannetta: Iannetta grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Albies grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson walked
        • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Freeman singled to center, Donaldson to second
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Acuna hit by pitch, Donaldson to third, Freeman to second
        • N. Markakis: Markakis singled to left center, Donaldson and Freeman scored, Acuna to second
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson flied out to right
        • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Inciarte walked, Acuna to third, Markakis to second
        • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Jackson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Teheran Pitching:
        • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Valaika flied out to left
        • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hampson flied out to center
        • K. Freeland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freeland walked
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • D. Swanson: Swanson lined out to third
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Inciarte singled to center
        • A. Jackson: Jackson flied out to right
        • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Teheran grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Inciarte out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Teheran Pitching:
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Story grounded out to third
        • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
        • J. Fuentes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Fuentes flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Donaldson: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna homered to right center, Donaldson scored
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Teheran Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to center
        • R. Tapia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Tapia grounded out to pitcher
        • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Arenado grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)