Colorado Rockies Outlast Shelby Miller, Atlanta Braves, Win 6-3


May 8, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder

Brandon Barnes

(1) runs to first base during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Texas won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves met for their rubber match to finish the three-game series at Turner Field in Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon.

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The Colorado Rockies waited out the Atlanta Braves and rallied late, scoring four runs in the seventh inning and two more in the eighth to win 6-3 and take the road series at Turner Field in Atlanta on Wednesday night.

The Rockies left five runners on base between the first and second innings, and yet couldn’t score in either inning against Braves’ starter Shelby Miller.

The Braves scored first in the bottom of the second inning, when Christian Bethancourt recorded an RBI groundout. Yohan Flande, the Rockies’ starter, actually bailed himself out of a one-out jam with runners on second and third in that inning, allowing only the RBI groundout out getting through it with the Braves leading 1-0.

Miller settled down after the second, and was very good for Atlanta for most of the night, and neither club would score again until the bottom of the sixth inning. It was in that inning that Flande faded quickly by allowing back-to-back home runs to Jonny Gomes and Adonis Garcia, before giving up a double and being pulled from the game.

Flande was lifted at that point in what was then a 3-0 game in favor of Simon Castro who, despite two walks, worked out of the sixth inning without allowing any more runs. Flande’s final line — 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K — wasn’t pretty, but it included two intentional walks and ended up being good enough to keep the Rockies in the game.

In the top of the seventh, after being shut down by Miller for six innings, the Rockies finally got to the Braves’ starter — and they batted around in the process.

When the dust settled, the Rockies had scored four seven inning runs, thanks to RBI singles by Daniel Descalso and Charlie Blackmon, and a two-run triple from Jose Reyes that put Colorado in the lead for the first time in the game.

Christian Friedrich and Jairo Diaz combined on a scoreless inning the bottom of the seventh for the Rockies out of the bullpen, despite loading the bases between them thanks to several walks.

In the top of the eighth inning, Brandon Barnes slugged a two-run home run off Edwin Jackson to give the Rockies a 6-3 lead and a little insurance, before Scott Oberg threw a very quick and clean bottom of the eighth to send the game to its final frame.

John Axford allowed a hit and a walk in the ninth, but closed out the Braves for the Rockies’ 51st win of the season.

The Rockies get Thursday off before starting a three game series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates on Friday night, at 5:05 pm MT.

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