ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 11-2 rout of the Rockies clinching Atlanta's seventh consecutive victory and a four-game sweep of Colorado.
1. Rookie pitcher Julio Teheran has come full circle as a burgeoning ace
On April 23, the Rockies (51-59) and Braves set a major league record for coldest game-time temperature (23 degrees) the opener for a day-night doubleheader at blustery Coors Field.
For the nightcap, Teheran unwittingly initiated a run of excellence that has not been duplicated by any Braves starter this season:
Of his last 18 starts (including Thursday's 11-strikeout gem), Teheran has surrendered just three runs or less 16 times. In that span, covering 115 innings, he boasts formidable tallies of 8-5, a 2.43 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 10521 K-BB rate.
And for the season, the Colombian righty is a perfect 21 for 21 in yielding three or fewer walks an uncanny streak for any rookie pitcher, regardless of era.
On this night, Braves manager Fredi Gon...