Colorado Rockies Blow Out Atlanta Braves, Sweep Four-Game Series

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Jul 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies manager W. Weiss (22) during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Coors Field. The Rockies won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves met Sunday afternoon at Coors Field in the final game before the All Star break for both clubs.

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The Colorado Rockies put up five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie, and ran away with the game, and the sweep, defeating the Atlanta Braves 11-3 on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field in Denver.

With the win, the Rockies enter the All Star break at 39-49, having won four straight games — all against Atlanta — with four much-needed days off on the way until play resumes on Friday.

In this affair, Charlie Blackmon was 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs, and Troy Tulowitzki and Drew Stubbs each hit home runs to give starter Chad Bettis a cushion, and a win.

The scoring started in the bottom of the second, when the Rockies put three runs on the board against Braves’ starter Alex Wood, first thanks to a Nick Hundley ground ball single that drove in a run, and then Blackmon’s single that drove in two more.

Bettis was nails early, and Wood settled down after the three-run frame, and both clubs went into the sixth inning with the Rockies still leading 3-0.

At that point, the Braves got all three runs back, scoring on RBI hits by Kelly Johnson, A.J. Pierzynski, and Jonny Gomes to tie the game off Bettis.

However, the Rockies answered very quickly with a five-spot in the bottom of the sixth, first with another RBI single from Blackmon, and then with a three-run blast to center field off the bat of Tulo.

Stubbs added his two-run bomb in the bottom of the seventh inning, and for good measure, Nolan Arenado added an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to cap the game and the series for the Rox.

Bettis was good enough on Sunday, going six innings and allowing six hits and five walks — and all three runs — while striking out eight Braves to win the game, improving to 5-4 on the season.

Chris Rusin tossed two scoreless innings in middle relief to get some work before the All Star break, and then Rex Brothers tossed a scoreless frame with only one walk to finish it off.

The Rockies return to action Friday, though Tulowitzki, DJ LeMahieu, and Arenado will be playing some important baseball earlier than that.

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