Renteria looks to set the franchise record for longest hitting streak to start a season when the Braves (11-14) wrap up a two-game series with the Colorado Rockies (15-11) at Turner Field on Tuesday.
Renteria singled in the first inning of the Braves’ 2-0 win over the Rockies on Monday to match Felipe Alou, who started the 1966 season with a hit in 16 straight games. Renteria, who missed nine games in the middle of his streak with a rib cage injury, also hit safely in his final game last season.
Renteria was acquired by Atlanta in the offseason in a trade with Boston after the Braves lost shortstop Rafael Furcal to free agency. Renteria hit .276 with eight homers and 70 RBIs last season for the Red Sox, and is hitting .373 with a pair of homers so far this year.
Tim Hudson pitched the second one-hitter of his career and drove in Atlanta’s first run on Monday. Marcus Giles drove in the other run for the Braves, who have won two straight following a five-game losing streak—their longest since dropping six in a row from Aug. 8-14, 2001.
Hudson shut down a Rockies lineup that came in batting an NL-best .290. However, Colorado continued to be without first baseman Todd Helton, who was hospitalized April 21 with an intestinal problem and will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
Before he was hospitalized, Helton was hitting .347 and leading the NL with a .529 on-base percentage.
Starter Jason Jennings picked up Colorado’s only hit Monday, a single in the third inning. The Rockies, who fell to 10-4 on the road, ended a season high-tying four-game winning streak.
Jorge Sosa (0-4, 6.89 ERA) will look to give the Braves another strong start in the series finale. Sosa has lost each of his first four starts, including Wednesday’s 5-4 defeat to Milwaukee.
The Dominican right-hander gave up four runs, all unearned, and five hits in 5 1-3 innings and has allowed at least four runs in each of his outings. Still, Sosa lowered his ERA from 10.45 to 6.89.
Sosa is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in three relief appearances against the Rockies.
Colorado will counter with Aaron Cook (2-3, 3.44), who allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings of Thursday’s 6-3 win over Philadelphia, settling down nicely after giving up two first-inning runs.
“I get stronger as the game goes on,” he said. “I get more confident as the game goes on. I felt I was able to mix up my pitches and keep them off balance somewhat. After that first inning, I felt better on the mound.”
Cook is 9-1 with a 3.33 ERA in his last 15 road starts. He’s made four appearances, including two starts, against the Braves, going 0-1 with a 5.27 ERA.