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Rockies Vs. Braves: Can Aaron Cook Pick Up His 1st Victory?

The Colorado Rockies could use some good luck right about now. With back-to-back losses to the Atlanta Braves and injuries to Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki over the holiday weekend, the Rockies are falling further behind in the race for the NL West.

Aaron Cook is still looking for his first victory of the season, and he did come close in his June 30 start against the Chicago White Sox. He allowed one run despite giving up five hits and walking four batters. Unfortunately Matt Lindstrom blew the game in the eighth inning and then Clayton Mortensen allowed Juan Pierre to drive in two on a single. It was his best start of his season after giving up 10 runs and 20 hits in his previous 11 2/3 innings pitched.

Jair Jurrjens, recently named to the NL All-Star Team, is 11-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 15 starts. His 201 ERA+ is the best in the league. In his last three starts, Jurrjens has allowed two runs in 20 1/3 innings. His last start was a one-hit complete game shutout with eight strikeouts against the Baltimore Orioles. He is 4-1 in seven career starts against the Rockies and has 44 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched.

This game begins at 5:10 p.m. MT.

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