Braves down Rockies in opener of doubleheader

6:39 PM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Evan Gattis clubbed a go-ahead home run in the top of the fourth inning that proved to be the difference, as the Atlanta Braves edged the Colorado Rockies, 4-3, in the opener of a doubleheader Tuesday at Coors Field.

The teams were scheduled to open the three-game series on Monday, but were instead postponed by snow in the Denver area. The snow was cleared off the field in time for Tuesday's game, but the cold weather remained, as the first pitch temperature of 23 degrees was the coldest for a home game in Rockies' franchise history.

Atlanta starter Mike Minor (3-1) braved the elements and limited the Rockies to three runs on five hits over six solid innings before Luis Avilan and Eric O'Flaherty each fired a perfect inning in relief.

Craig Kimbrel then worked around a one-out single in the ninth to secure his eighth save of the season and help the Braves snap a three-game skid.

Dan Uggla stroked a two-run homer, Justin Upton added a solo shot and Reed Johnson collected four hits -- including three doubles -- in the victory.

Jeff Francis (1-2) allowed all four runs on six hits over four frames, while Josh Rutledge, Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco each added an RBI for the Rockies, who have lost two straight on the heels of an eight-game win streak.


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