Losing Streak Stays; Colorado Rockies Fall 5-3 In Atlanta To The Braves

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Aug 23, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder C. Blackmon (19) falls to the ground after being hit by a pitch during the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Coors Field. The Mets won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies opened up their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Monday evening, but gave fans much of the same from the last week.

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The Colorado Rockies got just four hits off Atlanta Braves’ starter Julio Teheran, and despite two early solo home runs, the visiting Rox couldn’t mount a late rally, falling 5-3 on Monday night at Turner Field in Atlanta, in the first of a three-game series.

The fun started early for the Rockies, when Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning to lead the game off against Braves’ starter Julio Teheran. Unfortunately, Blackmon’s 15th jack of the year would be about as much fun as the Rockies would have all game.

That fun was short-lived, since Rockies’ starter Jorge De La Rosa gave two runs right back to the Braves in the bottom of the first inning, walking two (one was thrown out by Nick Hundley when trying to steal) and then allowing a long home run to Jonny Gomes.

The Rockies would get that run back in the top of the second, though; Ben Paulsen roped a solo home run to right field to snap a 2-for-20 slump, tying the game at two runs apiece.

Neither team would score for a few innings after that, until the bottom of the fourth when Adonis Garcia hit a solo home run off De La Rosa to put the Braves up 3-2. Atlanta would never relinquish the lead after that point.

The Braves tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth, off Gomes’ RBI single, and in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Nick Markakis, closing out the book on De La Rosa and giving the home team a 5-2 lead up until that point.

De La Rosa fared better than his final line indicated, going seven innings and allowing five earned runs on nine hits and four walks, striking out just three hitters and allowing the two home runs, but he took the loss after the Rockies failed to do very much against Teheran.

The Rockies would add their third run in the top of the eighth, when Brandon Barnes singled to score Matt McBride, but Blackmon was thrown out at the plate on the play trying to make it a one-run game, and a replay confirmed the tag despite the Rockies challenging the call on the field.

The Rockies couldn’t muster anything in the ninth, losing 5-3, extending their losing streak to four games, and sitting now at 49-74 overall on the season.

The Rockies and Braves return to action Tuesday night at 5:10 pm MT from Atlanta’s Turner Field, before finishing their series Wednesday at 5:10 pm MT. The Rockies will then get an off day on Thursday before heading to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates over the weekend.

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