MLB Braves score four runs in 11th to get past Rockies


Marcell Ozuna ripped a tiebreaking double in a four-run 11th inning and the Atlanta Braves notched their season-best fourth straight win with a 6-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night in Denver.

William Contreras added a run-scoring double and Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer in the 11th-inning uprising as Atlanta defeated Colorado for the third straight time.

Austin Riley slugged his 14th homer of the season for Atlanta. Riley, Duvall and Michael Harris II had two hits apiece for the Braves.

The Rockies had just three hits — two in the fourth inning — while losing for the 19th time in their past 26 games. Colorado has just six hits over the last two games.

In the top of the 11th inning, Riley was the Braves runner placed on second and Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (3-2) retired the first two hitters. Ozuna then lined a double that one-hopped the fence in center as Riley easily scored, and Contreras followed with a double deep down the left-field line that barely landed in fair territory to score Ozuna.

Two pitches later, Duvall belted a 411-foot blast to left, his third of the season, to blow the game open. Braves right-hander Jackson Stephens retired three batters in the 11th.

Both teams scored a run in the 10th. Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a sacrifice fly off right-hander Alex Colome to give the Braves a 2-1 edge. In the bottom of the frame, Colorado’s Elias Diaz lined an RBI single to right off Braves left-hander A.J. Minter (2-0).

Colorado’s Connor Joe walked twice to extend his streak of reaching base to 31 consecutive games, the second-longest current stretch in the majors behind St. Louis’ Paul Goldschmidt (41).

Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland allowed one run and five hits over seven innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Colorado left the bases loaded in the third inning against Braves right-hander Spencer Strider but pushed across a run in the fourth.

Brendan Rodgers led off the inning with a single and Jose Iglesias added a one-out single before Strider fanned Randal Grichuk for the second out. Diaz walked to load the bases and then Strider threw a wild pitch on the first toss to Charlie Blackmon, allowing Rodgers to score from third.

Atlanta knotted the score in the sixth when Riley led off the inning by slamming a 1-2 curveball 435 feet over the fence in center.

Strider gave up one run and two hits over four innings. He struck out five and walked five.

–Field Level Media


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