For the fourth straight game the Atlanta Braves offense put up nine or more runs, which was more than enough for the Braves to send the Colorado Rockies out of Turner Field whimpering as they completed a four game sweep Thursday night with an 11-2 victory.
Julio Teheran was the beneficiary on this night, though he had to escape a couple of jams early. In the first inning, the Rockies loaded the bases with one out, thanks to a walk and two infield singles. The Rockies failed to capitalize however aas Todd Helton and Nolan Arenado would both strike out, ending the threat. The Rockies would again load the bases with one out in the second inning. This time Teheran limited the damage to just one run, coming on a Corey Dickerson sacrifice fly. Troy Tulowitzki was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after getting called out on strikes to end the Rockies second inning. Teheran was only able to pitch five innings, as those first two innings taxed his pitch count, but he did match his career high in strikeouts with eleven, and also collected an RBI with a double in second inning.
On the offensive side, Justin Upton hit two home runs. His first began the scoring as he smashed a two run shot to center, and he later hit a three run homer in the 8th inning, that busted the game open making it 9-2.
Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer as well in the fourth inning, while Chris Johnson continues to lead the world in hitting as he went 3-5, and collected two RBIs.
The Braves completed the home stand a perfect 7-0, as their lead in the National League East grew to 11.5 games.
The Braves hit the road this weekend as they travel to Philadelphia, who has lost 1o of their last 11 games.