The Braves had seven runs on seven hits including an Andrelton Simmons grand slam before making their second out Tuesday night. But nearly four hours later, Craig Kimbrel was closing the game in a save situation. It was that kind of night at Coors Field, like a game straight out of the late-90s at the notorious hitters’ haven. Braves starter Mike Minor endured another mile-high nightmare but the Braves won 13-10 to clinch at least a split of the four-game series with two games to go. Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save. Braves left fielder Justin Upton left the game with a strained left hamstring in the first inning and was listed as day-to-day. The Braves scored more runs in the first inning than they scored in any entire game during a 25-game stretch from April 20 to May 18, and Freddie Freeman and surging Evan Gattis added solo homers in the fourth inning when the Braves reached double-digit runs for just the second time all season, taking a 10-5 lead. But the way balls were flying and several pitchers were struggling with the strike zone, it seemed no lead would be large enough for breathing easy. Even after the Braves pushed the lead to 13-8 in the sixth, the Rockies scored a run in the seventh and loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. Rookie Shae Simmons entered and limited the damage to a Justin Morneau sacrifice fly that cut the lead to 13-10. It was a night straight out of the late ‘90s at Coors Field, with starting pitchers Minor and Juan Nicasio getting pounded and run through a spin cycle a few times apiece while giving up a combined 22 hits, 18 runs and four homers. Minor gave up 11 hits and eight runs and left without recording an out in the fifth, matching the career-high eight runs he allowed in a 2012 start at Coors.
Braves get 7 in 1st inning, hang on to beat Rockies 13-10
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jun 11