Looking to continue that trend, the NL East-leading Braves try to complete a four-game sweep of the visiting Rockies with a seventh consecutive win Thursday night.
Atlanta (63-45) has hit .323 and outscored Colorado 48-22 while winning five of six in the season series. The Braves have batted .353 while totaling 29 runs and 41 hits through the first three of this set to increase their division lead to a major-league best 11 games."We're clicking on all cylinders," said first baseman Freddie Freeman , who had four hits with two RBIs in Wednesday's 9-0 rout.
The Braves posted a six-run inning in each of the first two contests and scored seven in the third Wednesday."I can't remember a time ever in my career (where) three games in a row they scored, what, six-plus runs?" said Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki , who is 0 for 10 in the series and 1 for 19 this season versus Atlanta. "Six in two games, seven (Wednesday)? In one inning?"These last two games have just been bad. We got our butts kicked."
The Braves have averaged 6.2 runs while winning 17 of 21 overall against the Rockies (51-58), who have dropped 11 of 12 at Turner Field.
Brian McCann hit a three-run homer to highlight that seven-run third Wednesday.
Freeman, meanwhile, is 6 for 8 with six RBIs in the last two games and batting 368 with 13 RBIs in 11 career home games versus Colorado.
Atlanta could be in for another big offensive night against Colorado's Chad Bettis, who will be thrown into the fire Thursday in his major league debut. The hard-throwing right-hander was 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 12 starts for Double-A Tulsa.
Colorado does not appear to have a definitive long-term plan for the 24-year-old, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury and two months in 2013 with an oblique injury.
"We haven't talked about what his role would be," manager Walt Weiss told the Rockies' official website. "There are a couple of different schools of thought. He's been a starter, so his arm is built up to do that. Some people project him as a bullpen guy down the road.
"We'll figure all that stuff out."
The Braves counter with Julio Teheran (7-5, 3.07 ERA), who has not factored in the decision of his last two starts but has allowed one run, six hits and struck out 12 in 13 innings over those contests - both Atlanta victories. The right-hander gave up two hits in seven innings of a 2-0 win over St. Louis on Saturday."I think that's the best game I've ever pitched," said Teheran, who is in his first full major league season. "The command I had, I think that's the best I've had this year."
Teheran looked sharp when he yielded a run and eight hits over seven innings of a 10-2 victory at Colorado on April 23.
He likely won't have to face Rockies All-Star Carlos Gonzalez , who left Wednesday in the fourth inning after aggravating his sprained right middle finger and may land on the disabled list."I think it's worth having a discussion," Weiss said. "I think he got it pretty good, too. It didn't look good. It's the same thing."We've talked about it; he's probably going to be dealing with this for a little while. We'll have to re-evaluate where he's at."
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained finger|
|July 23, 2013||Drew Pomeranz||15-Day DL||Left bicep tendinitis|
|July 15, 2013||Rafael Betancourt||15-Day DL||Appendicitis|
|July 08, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained finger|
|July 08, 2013||Roy Oswalt||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 05, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Upper back strain|
|July 29, 2013||Reed Johnson||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|July 25, 2013||Tim Hudson||15-Day DL||Fractured right ankle|
|July 21, 2013||Paul Maholm||15-Day DL||Bruised left wrist|
|July 21, 2013||Paul Maholm||15-Day DL||Left wrist contusion|
|July 13, 2013||B.J. Upton||15-Day DL||Right adductor strain|
|July 11, 2013||Jason Heyward||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right hamstring|
ATLANTA (AP) -- Justin Upton can't explain why he hit only one homer in July and then hit two on the first day of August.
Fredi Gonzalez said he just hopes to see more of the Braves' offensive surge that led to a perfect homestand.
Upton drove in five runs with two homers, Julio Teheran matched his career high with 11 strikeouts, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 11-2 on Thursday night for their seventh straight win.
Upton hit 12 homers in April, becoming the fastest player in franchise history to reach that mark, but he had a power decline for the next three months. He has 18 homers for the season.
"It comes and it goes," Upton said. "You've got to enjoy it when it's going well for you and the ball is carrying out of the park for you. You've got to ride it out."
Jason Heyward added a two-run homer and Chris Johnson had three hits as the Braves completed a four-game sweep of the Rockies. Atlanta had 14 hits, giving the team five straight games with at least 10 hits.
"I feel like this is the best I've seen us play consecutively so far," said shortstop Andrelton Simmons , who called the team's offensive roll "a little crazy."
"I really felt like no matter how many runs they scored, we were going to outscore them," Simmons said.
Atlanta's 7-0 homestand also included three wins over St. Louis. The NL East-leading Braves stretched their lead over Washington to 11 1/2 games.
The Braves outscored the Rockies 31-5 in the last three games of the series.
"This was a rough series, no way around it," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss , whose team was close only in a 9-8 loss in 10 innings in the series opener.
"Other than the first one, the other three were ugly," Weiss said. "I'll make sure that we still compete. I don't question these guys in that respect. I don't think that's going to be a problem. We need to do that regardless of how we're playing and where we're at. That's something that is expected all the time."
Upton hit .400 in the homestand with 10 hits 25 at-bats. His surge came after Gonzalez tweaked the lineup, moving Heyward to leadoff and Upton to the No. 2 spot.
"I think it's just that we're swinging right now and hopefully it's contagious," Gonzalez said.
The Rockies were without outfielders Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez . The middle of their lineup took another hit when Troy Tulowitzki was ejected in the second inning.
Weiss said Cuddyer was away on a family emergency. Carlos Gonzalez was held out after aggravating his sprained right middle finger on Wednesday night.
Teheran (8-5) struck out the side in the third and fifth innings. He lasted only five innings, allowing one run and five hits and two walks, in his third straight start of allowing no more than one run.
Colorado's Chad Bettis (0-1), called up from Double-A Tulsa for his major league debut, allowed five runs and six hits and five walks in five innings.
"I liked what I saw from Chad," Weiss said. "He got a ball up that got hit out early, but I thought there was a lot to like there. A lot of power, a lot of poise. He's got plenty of stuff."
The Braves led 2-0 before Bettis recorded his first out. Heyward walked and Upton followed with his first homer since July 9. Upton added a three-run shot off Edgmer Escalona in the eighth. Escalona gave up five runs while getting only one out.
Teheran had two hits, including a second-inning double to drive in Simmons. Teheran singled to lead off the fourth and scored on Heyward's homer.
Colorado loaded the bases in the first when Dexter Fowler walked, Corey Dickerson beat out a dribbler to the mound and, with one out, Wilin Rosario had another infield single. Teheran ended the inning by striking out Todd Helton and Nolan Arenado - each on three pitches.
The Rockies' frustrations continued in the second when they managed only one run after again loading the bases with one out. Charlie Blackmon doubled and had to hold up before seeing DJ LeMahieu's double could not be caught by Upton in right field.
Fowler walked with one out, loading the bases, before Upton made a leaping catch of Dickerson's fly ball in front of the wall. Blackmon scored on the play.
Tulowitzki took a called third strike on a slow curveball from Teheran to end the inning. As his teammates began to take their defensive positions, Tulowitzki remained at home plate, arguing the call with umpire Marvin Hudson. First base coach Rene Lachemann attempted to intervene, but Tulowitzki was ejected by Hudson.
With two strikeouts in his two innings, Tulowitzki was 0 for 12 in the series.
Jonathan Herrera , who replaced Tulowitzki, drove in LeMahieu with a single in the seventh.
NOTES: Colorado optioned LHP Jeff Francis to Triple-A Colorado Springs to clear a roster spot for Bettis. Colorado Springs RHP Josh Sullivan was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster. ... The Braves had a 9-0 homestand in 2000. ... Atlanta's last four-game sweep of Colorado came in 2011, also at Turner Field. ... Braves C Gerald Laird was unavailable following a procedure on Wednesday to remove a kidney stone. ... Johnson has a 10-game hitting streak. ... Teheran also had 11 strikeouts on June 5 against Pittsburgh. ... The Braves open a series at Philadelphia on Friday night when RHP Kris Medlen will face Phillies rookie Ethan Martin . The Rockies will travel to Pittsburgh where RHP Jhoulys Chacin will face RHP Gerrit Cole .