The Colorado Rockies finished Monday night with something rare—a winning streak.
Now, they’ll try to win three in a row for the first time this season as they resume their three-game series with the first-place Atlanta Braves at Coors Field.
Brad Hawpe singled in two runs in the fourth inning Monday to give the Rockies a 7-6 lead, and then, to nearly everyone’s surprise, Colorado hung on to the lead and won the game by that score.
“I don’t think there was anybody in the ballpark that thought it would finish 7-6 after the fourth,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “I didn’t.”
The Rockies’ notoriously shaky bullpen held the Braves scoreless for 3 2-3 innings as Colorado won its second straight following a 10-game losing streak that was the third longest in franchise history. Colorado has blown seven saves this season.
“I can’t remember getting too many wins when I’ve come out of the game with a one-run lead in the sixth,” starter Jamey Wright said. “That usually doesn’t happen.”
Adam LaRoche had three hits and three RBIs for the Braves, including a homer that reached the third deck in right field, an estimated 464 feet.
“It’s really odd,” Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. “We got shut out for five innings. That doesn’t happen often here.”
John Thomson will take the mound for the Braves on Tuesday. Thomson spent the first four-and-a-half seasons of his career with Colorado, earning a 27-43 record. He pitched a three-hitter on Thursday in a 9-3 win over Houston, his first complete game since 2002.
Thomson threw first-pitch strikes to all but eight of the 31 batters he faced.
“When they know they’re not going to get ball one, ball two, they’ve got to put the ball in play,” said Thomson, who has allowed only four earned runs in 22 innings over his last three starts. “That works to my advantage. When they’re getting aggressive early in the count, I can throw more balls out of the strike zone.”
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