DENVER (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez appeared to be coming back strong from a troublesome right wrist injury. Then with one searing swing of the bat, something went painfully wrong.
A night after winning a game with an RBI single and two at_bats removed from his leadoff home run Thursday, Gonzalez was knocked out of Colorado's 9-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves when he hurt the wrist in the fifth fouling back a 1-1 pitch.
``He took a swing and started coming over towards us in a hurry,' Rockies manager Jom Tracy said. ``I have no idea what we're dealing with other than the fact that it's the wrist that we just rehabbed to get him back out there.'
Gonzalez, an outfielder who missed eight games after badly bruising the right wrist when he crashed into the wall making a catch against Kansas City on July 3, was taken for an MRI. A team spokesman said the club expects to have the results by Friday.
``You never want to have to hit for a player like that under any circumstances,' said the Rockies Ryan Spilborghs, who finished Gonzalez's at-bat by lining out to second. ``It's not fun for the team to see one of its best players go down and it's not fun for the pinch hitter to go up there with two-strike count on you.'
It was a tough day overall for the Rockies, whose pitching couldn't hold an early 4-0 lead.
Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman each homered and had two hits and Tommy Hanson overcame a shaky start to help the Braves earn a split of the four-game series. Brooks Conrad homered and Nate McLouth also had two hits apiece for Atlanta, while Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 30th save.
Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin struggled for the second straight game, allowing five runs on four hits and walking a career-high seven in 4 2-3 innings.
``I think that was the worst start I've had, I think, in my career,' Chacin said. ``I couldn't throw anything over the plate. I put the team in a bad situation. They scored four runs for me and then I let (the Braves) back in the game.'
Hanson (11-5) also struggled but received enough run support to get the win. He allowed six runs on seven hits and struck out seven in six innings.
Trailing 6-5, the Braves took the lead for good against Matt Reynolds (0-2) in the seventh. Conrad tied it with a one-out homer, his fourth, Alex Gonzalez doubled and McLouth tripled to make it 7-6.
Matt Lindstrom relieved Reynolds and McLouth scored on pinch-hitter Wilkin Ramirez's fielder's choice. Ramirez scored on Heyman's double down the right-field line to make it 9-6.
The Rockies took the early lead when Gonzalez led off the bottom of the first with his 15th homer of the season. They made it 4-0 in the second when Dexter Fowler hit a two-run triple and stole home on a missed suicide squeeze attempt by Chacin.
The Braves got back into the game by capitalizing on Chacin's lack of control. Martin Prado led off the third with a walk and Heyward followed with his 10th homer of the season. Freeman singled, Chacin walked Eric Hinske and Conrad to load the bases, and Freeman scored on Gonzalez's groundout to make it 4-3.
The Braves chased Chacin in the fifth. Freeman tied the game with his 15th homer with one out, Hinske walked and Conrad reached on a fielder's choice. After Gonzalez walked, McLouth singled off reliever Matt Belisle to make it 5-4.
The Rockies went ahead 6-5 in the sixth when Seth Smith drove in Troy Tulowitzki with a triple and came in on Chris Iannetta's sacrifice fly.
NOTES: The Rockies head out for a nine-game West Coast road swing that starts Friday in Arizona. ... The Braves took the season series from the Rockies 6-2. ... Kimbrel tied an Atlanta rookie record for saves set by Kerry Ligtenberg in 1998.
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