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Braves drop second straight to Rockies 11-5

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Newcomb struggles while Atlanta’s offense goes silent.

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Newcomb struggled again as the Atlanta Braves dropped their second straight game to the Colorado Rockies by a score of 11-5.

The Braves struck first in the first as Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies both reached on infield hits to put runners at first and second. Freddie Freeman then hit into a fielder’s choice to put runners at the corners with one out. Nick Markakis then brought Acuña home with a sacrifice fly to left fielder David Dahl to put Atlanta in front 1-0.

Sean Newcomb worked out of a bases loaded jam in the second but wasn’t as fortunate in the third. Charlie Blackmon struck out to begin the inning but DJ LeMahieu followed with a ground rule double to right and moved up to third on a single by Nolan Arenado.

Newcomb then walked Trevor Story to load the bases but came back and retired Carlos Gonzalez on a pop up. That would bring Ian Desmond to the plate who drove an 0-1 pitch into the left center gap for a bases clearing triple to make it 3-1. Dahl then lined out to Freeman at first to end the inning with no further damage.

The score would remain 3-1 until the sixth when Colorado blew the game open. The Rockies loaded the bases with one out before Blackmon delivered a bases clearing triple of his own to push the lead to 6-1. That would be the end of the night for Newcomb who was replaced by Chad Sobotka. Blackmon would score to make it 7-1 on a wild pitch before Sobotka would recover to retire LeMahieu and Arenado to end the inning.

Newcomb exited having allowed nine hits and seven runs over 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Freeland on the other hand held the Braves in check after allowing that first inning run. He would exit the game after six innings allowing three hits and one run. He struck out nine and walked four.

Atlanta crept closer in the seventh against reliever Bryan Shaw. Adam Duvall led off the inning with a single and scored on a double to left by Dansby Swanson. Swanson moved up to third on a ground out by pinch hitter Ryan Flaherty but Shaw struck out Acuña and got Albies to ground out to end the threat.

Colorado would get that run back and then some in the eight against Kolby Allard. LeMahieu singled home Blackmon to make it 8-2. Three batters later, Desmond struck again with a single to right that scored two more to make it 10-2.

Charlie Culberson became the first position player to pitch in a game for Atlanta this season in the ninth. He allowed one run on a single by LeMahieu but showed of a 94 mph fastball in the process. The Braves came back and scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning against Chris Rusin but had simply dug themselves too big of a hole.

Same two teams again on Saturday. Mike Foltynewicz will get the nod for the Braves while Colorado will counter with Antonio Senzatela.