Craig Kimbrel Ties Record For Saves By A Rookie Before The All-Star Break As Atlanta Beats Colorado 5-3

Dan Uggla had a big night at the plate to help Atlanta beat Colorado.

Atlanta got a big night from Dan Uggla and a three-run double from starting pitcher Derek Lowe to beat the Rockies 5-3. 

The Braves started the scoring early against Rockies start Jhoulys Chacin, going ahead in the second inning. After Chipper Jones struck out to start the inning, Freddie Freeman clubbed his third homer in two games to centerfield for an early 1-0 lead.

Derek Lowe helped himself out with the bat in fourth inning. Chipper started the inning with a ground-rule double down the left field line and advanced to third two batters later on a wild pitch. Chacin issues back-to-back two out walks to Dan Uggla and Nate McLouth to load the bases for Lowe.

Lowe lined a 2-2 fastball past Ty Wiggington into left field for a bases clearing double to make it a 4-0 Atlanta lead.

After getting a four run lead spotted to him, Lowe started to struggle on the mound. Mark Ellis singled to begin the fifth inning and advanced to second on a walk to Ian Stewart. A grounder from Chris Iannetta moved the runners up to second and third for Chacin. He hit a slow grounder to Uggla at second, allowing Ellis to come in and score to make it 4-1. 

Charlie Blackmon then singled to right field, scoring Stewart to cut the Braves lead to 4-2.

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The Rockies added another run in the sixth and chased Lowe from the game in the process. Back-to-back singles from Mark Ellis and Seth Smith with one out ended Lowe's night. George Sherrill came in and struck out Stewart, and was replaced by Cory Gearrin. Iannetta promptly greeted him with a single to left to score Ellis and make it a 4-3 game.

Lowe was unspectacular on the mound but earned the win by going 5.1 IP, giving up 5 hits, three runs (earned), walking three and striking out four.

Atlanta stretched the lead back out in the bottom of the inning, as Dan Uggla hit a monstrous homer to left field to make it 5-3 Braves.

Atlanta then deployed O'Ventbrel for the seventh, eighth, and ninth. 

After an easy seventh for Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters struggled somewhat in the eighth. The Rockies got runners on second and third with one out, but Venters struck out Ianetta and pinch hitter Jason Giambi to escape the jam.

Dan Uggla doubled in the bottom of the eight to complete his great day at the plate. He went 2-2 with a homer and two walks.

Craig Kimbrel slammed the door in the ninth for his 26th save, which tied Jonathan Pabelbon's record for saves by a rookie before the all-star break.

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