Found May 06, 2012 on Fox Sports South:
Mets_vs_braves_5505
DENVER (AP) -- Playing from behind in recent games seems to have fueled the Atlanta Braves offense. Chipper Jones helped the Braves rally once again, matching a career high with five RBIs on three hits, and the Braves overcame a grand slam by Michael Cuddyer to beat the Colorado Rockies 13-9 Saturday night. Matt Diaz and Jason Heyward also hit back-to-back solo home runs in the sixth inning to help the Braves overtake the Rockies after trailing 6-0 and 8-3. Atlanta has scored 37 runs in its past four games, overcoming a five-run deficit in Friday night's 11-inning, 9-8 win over Colorado and a six-run deficit in an 11-inning, 15-13 win over Philadelphia earlier in the week. "The beauty is, once you've done something once, you can draw on it," Diaz said. "We know we can bounce back if we have to and the offense is clicking right now." Staggered at the outset, Atlanta came back to score 10 of its runs from the sixth inning on and also benefited from sloppy defense by the Rockies, who committed four errors in a game that included a 69-minute rain delay. The last miscue was a dropped fly ball in the ninth inning by center fielder Tyler Colvin, leading to the Braves' final run "If you're going to fall down, fall down early," Jones said. "We're a confident bunch. We feel like if we can get some things going early in innings, we can string some stuff together. But we hate to keep putting ourselves in these situations. Our starting pitching has got to do a little better job." Heavy thundershowers forced the teams off the field in the bottom of the eighth inning but the weather eventually cleared, allowing the game to resume. In the midst of Atlanta's tiebreaking four-run seventh, the game was also delayed for about six minutes while paramedics tended to a young fan who was struck by a foul ball and taken away on a stretcher for treatment. The Braves loaded the bases against reliever Esmil Rogers (0-2) in the seventh before Rex Brothers came on to walk Michael Bourn, forcing home the go-ahead run. Jones then followed with a two-run single and Freddie Freeman drove in the inning's final run with a sacrifice fly as the Braves moved in front 12-8. "That was the worst game of the year for us," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Similar to last night and from the sixth inning on, we didn't pitch at all. To sit here and you've scored 17 runs in the first two games of the series and you haven't won, gives you a pretty good idea of where we are failing." Wilin Rosario connected off Chad Durbin for his second homer of the game in the bottom of the seventh to get the Rockies back within three. Cristhian Martinez (2-0) worked an inning of scoreless relief for the victory. Livan Hernandez got the last five outs for the first save of his 15-year career. Trailing 8-3, the Braves broke through in the sixth to tie it at 8-all. Diaz and Heyward began the inning with consecutive home runs off Jamie Moyer, and when Tyler Pastornicky followed with a single, Rogers came on in relief. But pinch-hitter Juan Francisco, batting for Atlanta starter Mike Minor, walked and Bourn singled to load the bases for Jones, who blooped a two-run single into center. Freeman's run-scoring groundout drove in the inning's fifth run, foiling Moyer's bid for his first victory since his milestone win against San Diego on April 17 in which he became, at 49, the major league's oldest starting pitcher to win a game. Minor went five innings and allowed 10 hits and a career-high eight runs, one more than he allowed in his previous outing. The Rockies jumped on him in the first, when Cuddyer connected for his sixth career grand slam and first since leaving Minnesota in the offseason to join the Rockies as a free agent. Carlos Gonzalez, who went 4 for 4 with a walk, hit a two-run double in the second and Rosario drilled his first homer of the game, a two-run shot, in the fifth. The Braves got an unearned run in the third on a fielding error by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and a dropped fly ball to left by Gonzalez. They pulled within 6-3 in the fifth when Jones had an RBI double and Brian McCann hit an RBI single. NOTES: The homers by Diaz and Heyward marked the first time this season the Braves have gone back to back. ... The Rockies have had three grand slams this season, all in the past eight games. Todd Helton and Ramon Hernandez also have hit grand slams. ... Jones has had five RBIs in a game 18 times. ... Heyward's foul ball into the right field seats just to the right of the foul pole was verified by replay review in the seventh inning. He ended the at-bat by drawing a walk off Rogers. ... Rosario had his first career multihomer game. ... Moyer had his first hit of the season and 50th of his career in the second inning. ... Atlanta will be seeking a series sweep when it sends right-hander Brandon Beachy (2-1) against Rockies' right-hander Juan Nicasio (2-0) in Sunday's finale.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Chipper Jones: The Most Accurate Hitter??? (Video)

With career numbers of .304/.402/.533, Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves, is surely one of MLB’s greatest hitters of all-time. Now Chipper makes a bid to be the most accurate hitter of all time. Check out this MLB.com video…Huh???  

Chipper Jones goes off on Jamie Moyer after accusation of stealing signs

The Braves overcame a six-run deficit on Saturday to beat the Rockies, 13-9, thanks largely to a five-RBI game by Chipper Jones. But Jamie Moyer provided some added drama to the contest when he accused Jones of relaying signs to batters at home plate. Jones took exception to Moyer’s allegations, as both players were seen exchanging choice words during the fifth inning. “That...

First saves, triples, and hugs

I've been talking about my enjoyment of the man-love for years. Freddie & Uggla just make me so happy!   Hodgepodge post. Here we go... Jair Jurrjens pitched eight strong innings for the G-Braves yesterday. Click image for story.   Braves.com: Gonzalez bans pregame Frisbee throwing They usually did this before the gates open to the public, and I was fortunate enough to...

Chipper Jones Denies Moyer’s Sign Stealing Accusations

Two of the oldest players in Major League Baseball are currently in the middle of a fight, and it would probably be pretty funny if the accusations being thrown around weren’t so serious. Colorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer has accused Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones of stealing signs. And Jones isn’t exactly taking that insult in stride. On Saturday the 40-year...

Game Day Pictures: Braves vs Phillies 5-2-12

Eleven innings. This game may be in my top five most exciting/insane Braves games I've attended in this century. (Others on the list, not in order, are Ubaldo's no-hitter against us, Smoltz breaking the NL saves record, last year's 19-inning marathon, Heyward's first game.) When we heard Hanson was going up against Halladay, I think we all expected a 3-2 final score...

Braves vs Phillies 5-2-12 Gallery

Gameday post

Braves 7, Rockies 2

Brandon Beachy pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Sunday for a three-game sweep. Dan Uggla homered, singled and drove in two runs for the Braves, who have gone a major league-best 18-7 since April 10. The Rockies wound up 3-6 during their nine-game homestand. Beachy (3-1) allowed...

Game Day Pictures: Braves vs Phillies 5-1-12

"How's that massage, man?" My friend Kolbi IMed me when she was planning this game: "i was tryin to figure out which were the embarrassing seats -- was it the tuesday we went?" See, she thinks it's funny to sit on the same level and immediately next to the bullpen bench. I think it's uncomfortable. HI BOYS. WE ARE HERE TO WATCH YOU PLAY BASEBALL....

Braves complete sweep with win over Rockies

DENVER (AP) -- Brandon Beachy pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Sunday for a three-game sweep. Dan Uggla homered, singled and drove in two runs for the Braves, who have gone a major league-best 18-7 since April 10. The Rockies wound up 3-6 during their nine-game homestand. ...

Atlanta Braves: The week ahead

Schedule Monday: Atlanta at Chicago, 8:05 p.m. (SportSouth); Probable starters: Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.74 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (3-1, 3.41) Tuesday: Atlanta at Chicago, 8:05 p.m. (SportSouth); Randall Delgado (2-3, 5.14) vs. Ryan Dempster (0-1, 0.95) Wednesday: Atlanta at Chicago, 2:20 p.m. (SportSouth); Tim Hudson (1-0, 6.55) vs. Paul Maholm (3-2, 5.13) Thursday: Off Friday...

Chipper angry over Moyer's accusations

DENVER (AP) -- Chipper Jones was still fuming Sunday over claims by Colorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer that the Atlanta star had been stealing signs and relaying them to Braves hitters. "I'm not happy, to say the least," Jones said after the Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Rockies with a 7-2 victory on Sunday. "Any time a grown man gets his integrity...

Series Preview: Atlanta Braves (18-11) at Chicago Cubs (11-17)

The Cubs just managed to take 2 of 3 from the NL's best team and now face another one of the best teams in the Atlanta Braves. The Braves are a half game behind the Nationals in the NL East, but have won 3 in a row. Pitching Matchups Monday, May 7, 7:05 PM CT, [...]
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.