September 4, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) bats in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
For much of tonight's game, it was easy to wonder how exactly the Braves weren't winning this game. Atlanta had runners in scoring position with less than two outs in five of the first six innings, but couldn't scrape a single run across to score.
Tommy Hanson pitched decently, striking out eight in 5.2 innings. However, he allowed five hits including two solo home runs while walking two.
Things stayed scoreless until the fourth inning, when Carlos Gonzalez destroyed a Hanson offering deep into the stands in center to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
Jordan Pacheco followed suit in the fifth, punishing a hanging curveball from Hanson to increase the lead to 2-0.
Atlanta had runners on first and third with one out in the sixth against Carlos Torres, but David Ross struck out and Martin Prado was thrown out at home trying to score with Jason Heyward in a rundown.
An error by Freeman and a walk of Torres by Peter Moylan put runners on first and second in the seventh innings. In came Luis Avilan, who allowed a single to Dexter Fowler and a wild pitch against Josh Rutledge. Those two events both scored a run, making it a 4-0 game.
A double, single, force out, single, and a throwing error by Chad Durbin allowed the Rockies to plate two more runs and increase the lead to 6-0.