DENVER (Ticker) -- The
could not keep the bats of the
quiet twice in one day.
The Braves rallied for six runs with two out in the top of the eighth inning and defeated the Rockies, 11-7, to gain a split of their day-night doubleheader.
(3-1) was the victim in the nightcap after getting the win in the first game.
delivered two-run singles and pinch hitter
added a two-run double - all off Nunez - as Atlanta overcame a 7-5 deficit.
"We had to come up with some clutch hits tonight, and with two outs, it was a big hit," Garcia said. "You have to take advantage of the situation. On this road trip, we've battled back in some games and come up short a few times. And tonight, we got it done."
After going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position in a 3-2 loss in the opener, the Braves were 6-for-9 in the nightcap.
Colorado erased a 5-3 deficit as Atlanta starter
gave up two-run homers to rookie Brad Hawpe in the sixth inning and
in the seventh. Hawpe's homer was the first of his career.
Thomson, making his first appearance against his former team, surrendered seven runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.
"I thought I threw the ball pretty well," said Thomson, whose two-run double in the fifth gave Atlanta a 4-3 lead. "I wouldn't change anything with how I threw the ball tonight. After the first inning, I just tried to make good pitches."
But the Rockies' bullpen faltered in the eighth. After giving up a leadoff single to
retired the next two batters. But
walked J.D. Drew and Nunez walked Andrew Jones before giving up three two-run hits.
"I missed my location a little bit," Nunez said. "I want my team to win, so when that happens, I don't feel too good."
Heading into the eighth inning, it looked like the Braves would lose two in a row for the first time since April 12-13. Instead, they scored six runs and have alternated wins and losses over the last 12 games.
"We've come back before," Garcia said. "We know we're capable of doing it and it's just a matter of time of getting the big hits. And fortunately, we did tonight."
C.J. Nitkowski (1-0) recorded the final out in the seventh to get the win.
was ejected in the bottom of the fifth inning after an apparent catch in foul territory by Castilla was overruled by third base umpire Tim Timmons.