ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 06: Jhoulys Chacin #45 of the Colorado Rockies adjusts his hat between pitches to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 6, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Rockies Vs. Braves: Atlanta Picks Up Another 1-0 Victory

The Colorado Rockies came up with zero runs once again, losing two games in a row to the Atlanta Braves, 1-0.

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Rockies Vs. Braves Final Score: Atlanta Shuts Out Colorado, 1-0

Tim Hudson pitched seven scoreless innings Thursday afternoon, and the Atlanta Braves shut out the Colorado Rockies, 1-0. The Rockies dropped three of four games in the series.

The Braves scored the game's only run in the second inning on an error involving the most routine of all routine plays. Jhoulys Chacin threw an 0-2 pitch to Brian McCann, a fastball outside to make the count 1-2. Catcher Wilin Rosario threw the ball back to Chacin, who stabbed at the ball out of frustration. The ball glanced off the web of Chacin's glove and into the area between the mound and second base.

Juan Francisco, the Atlanta baserunner on third, took off for home. Chacin fielded the ball and threw home, but his throw was wide.

Chacin only pitched 3.1 innings, but the Rockies' bullpen did not allow a baserunner in 4.2 innings pitched.

Still, the Rockies' offense couldn't overcome Hudson's performance. He gave up six hits in his seven innings, striking out two and walking two. Peter Moylan and Eric O'Flaherty combined for a perfect eighth inning, and Craig Kimbrel earned his 34th save with a dominating performance. Charlie Blackmon singled with out out, but Kimbrel struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Andrew Brown to end the game.

Colorado begins a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday in Philadelphia. Jeff Francis pitches against Cliff Lee in the series opener Friday at 5:05 p.m. MT.

Be sure to visit Purple Row and SB Nation Denver for more Rockies coverage. Head over to Talking Chop and SB Nation Atlanta for more on the Braves. Baseball Nation is your source for news and analysis around the league.


Rockies Vs. Braves Final Score: Colorado Bullpen Combines To Shut Out Atlanta, 6-0

Unable to pull out a victory in the first game of the series, the Colorado Rockies bounced back for an impressive 6-0 shutout victory over Atlanta on Tuesday at Turner Field.

Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz opened the game with three scoreless innings of five-hit ball, but despite not yielding a run before exiting, ultimately gave way to reliever Carlos Torres who pitched three scoreless frames of his own. Left-hander Rex Brothers then entered and pitched clean innings in the seventh and eighth to keep the Braves at bay, which set the table for Matt Belisle to close the door on the four-man shutout in the ninth.

Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was one of four Colorado players to finish with a multi-hit performance in Tuesday's win, as the 26-year-old All-Star belted out just his second home run since Jul. 23. Gonzalez now sports a modest six-game hitting streak where he's batted .384 from the plate, and looks to be putting memories of a woeful month of August (.222 average) behind him.

Hoping to get a leg up in the four-game series, the Rockies will send righty Alex White (2-7, 5.58 ERA) to the mound in the third game of the set on Wednesday to face Atlanta's talented left-hander Mike Minor (7-10, 4.79 ERA).

Be sure to visit Purple Row for more Rockies coverage, and head over to Talking Chop for more on the Braves. Also check out Baseball Nation for even more coverage from around the league.


Troy Tulowitzki Has 'A Ways To Go,' Says Stu Cole

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki isn't close to returning to the Rockies -- at least if Stu Cole's input means anything.

Cole, the manager of the Colorado Spring Sky Sox, noticed that Tulowitzki isn't 100 percent.

"It's going to take some time for something like (groin surgery) to heal up," Sky Sox manager Stu Cole said. "He has a ways to go after that surgery."

Sunday, the Rockies' shortstop played the five innings he was scheduled for in the Sky Sox's 5-3 win over Las Vegas, but Cole says the star isn't back to full strength.

"You can't expect a guy to be 100 percent after a surgery like that," Cole said. "It's not realistic. It's just going to take some time.

The Rockies announced Monday morning that Tulowitzki will serve as Colorado Springs' designated hitter on Monday, and will then continue his rehab with the Tulsa Drillers on Wednesday and Thursday.

Tulowitzki hasn't appeared in a game with the Rockies since May 30. Colorado's All-Star shortstop was enjoying a solid year, hitting .287/.360/.468 with eight home runs, before hitting the disabled list.

For the latest on all things Rockies, be sure to head over to Purple Row and join the discussion.

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