Freeman got things going early, as the Braves started the scoring in the first inning. Brian McCann singled through the shift with two outs against Ubaldo Jimenez to bring up Freeman. Freeman battled for eight pitches, then crushed the ninth backside to left center for a two-run homer to give Atlanta an early 2-0 lead.
The Rockies got their only run of the night in the fourth inning. Braves starter Tommy Hanson walked his only batter of the game, Mark Ellis, with one out. Ellis then stole second base and scored on a single to center from Todd Helton.
Atlanta got that run back in the sixth inning and chased Jimenez from the game in the process. McCann beat the shift the other way, singling to left field with no outs. After Freeman struck out, Jason Heyward crushed a ball to right center that narrowly missed being a home run. The Rockies dropped the relay throw, somehow allowing Brian McCann to score all the way from first base and make it a 3-1 game. (Make your oxygen tank or would come in third in a race with a pregnant woman jokes here.)
That knocked Ubaldo out of the game, and he finished with a line of 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 9 K's.
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Tommy Hanson got into his only real trouble of the night in the seventh. After getting the first two outs of the inning, Jonathan Herrera singled and advanced to third on a double from Seth Smith. Hanson buckled down and struck out Ty Wiggington on a filthy 3-2 slider to escape the jam.
Hanson located his fastball and had his great curveball tonight, as he made easy work of the Rockies. He finished with a line of 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 6 K's to earn his 10th win of the season.
Jonny Venters pitched a scoreless eighth after getting four days off.
Freeman crushed his second homer of the game in the bottom of the eighth off left-hander Matt Reynolds to right field. It was his first multi-homer game of his major league career for Freeman and it gave Atlanta a 4-1 lead.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth to record his 25th save of the season.
Couple of notes:
- Jordan Schafer, Alex Gonzalez, and Dan Uggla were the only Braves starters not to record a hit tonight.
- Schafer earned the golden sombrero as he went 0-4 with 4 K's.
- This win tonight gives Atlanta 50 on the season.