The Atlanta Braves used a fantastic effort from the pitching staff, as well as some classic Braves power to take their final game against the Colorado Rockies, shutting them out 7-0.
Julio Teheran returned to the hill tonight and baffled the Rockies throughout seven innings, striking out seven batters and allowing just four hits and a walk. Anthony Varvaro and Luis Avilan took over after that and combined to throw three innings and shut out Colorado the rest of the way. The final three innings that Varvaro and Avilan threw were perfect, with the two each striking out a batter.
The effort from the pitching staff was backed up by the offense (one of the few times this season that’s happened) with Evan Gattis, Justin Upton and Chris Johnson each homering on the day–Gattis actually managed two homers in this one, which is fantastic to see after he had been out for a while due to a fever earlier in the week. Gattis’ power can be a huge game changer for an Atlanta lineup that tends to be very hot or cold.
With this win, the Atlanta Braves have now won two series in a row and have a bit of momentum (for whatever that’s worth) heading into their four-game interleague matchup with the struggling Boston Red Sox.