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Recap: Rockies 8, Braves 9
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Turner Field
Date: July 29, 2013 7:10 PM EDT
  

ATLANTA (AP) - Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado couldn't believe he booted a routine grounder that could've helped the Colorado Rockies hold a four-run lead in the third inning.

``I needed to make that play,' he said. ``That was a big error.'

Arenado's error was a big blow in Atlanta's six-run inning, and Colorado reliever Edgmer Escalona gave up Andrelton Simmons' RBI triple in the 10th of a 9-8 loss on Monday night.

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After Dan Uggla walked to lead off the 10th, Simmons hit the ball too deep into the gap in left-center field for Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler to keep it from reaching the wall

Scott Downs (1-0) earned the win after being acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels earlier in the day and arriving at Turner Field not long before the first pitch. The left-hander allowed one hit and struck out one in 1 1-3 innings.

Escalona (1-4) allowed one hit, one run and one walk in 12 pitches.

Downs escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth by making just one pitch, a liner he caught on the mound from Todd Helton.

Gonzalez went 5 for 5 with two RBIs after missing the last three games with a sprained middle right finger. He drove in the tying run in the ninth off Jordan Walden.

``It was tough to lose a game like this,' Gonzalez said. ``The way we played tonight we probably should have won, but they got the big hit.'

Atlanta's offense bailed out starting pitcher Brandon Beachy, who made his first start in 13 months after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery.

Chris Johnson, who leads the NL with a .339 batting average, and Uggla each had two RBIs to help the Braves erase a 5-0 hole with six runs in the third inning, then rally from a two-run deficit in the fifth to make it 8-7.

Beachy gave up eight hits, seven runs and one walk with five strikeouts in 3 2-3 innings. He made 84 pitches, 58 for strikes.

With Braves closer Craig Kimbrel unavailable after earning saves in all three games against St. Louis last weekend, Walden gave up two hits, walked two in two-thirds of an inning and left with the bases loaded.

Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa gave up 10 hits and eight runs - five earned - with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings.

Arenado's error in the third ruined a chance for an inning-ending double play.

After Jason Heyward's one-out RBI single made it 5-1, Arenado let Evan Gattis' bases-loaded grounder bounce off the heel of his glove, allowing Heyward to score and keep the bases loaded.

Johnson followed with a two-run double before Uggla had an RBI groundout and Simmons' RBI double gave the Braves a 6-5 lead.

``I think I pulled my head from the ball,' Arenado said. ``If I would have just stayed down, I think I would have had it. I should have gone home. My instincts should have just kept going through the ball and go toward home.'

The Rockies scored twice in the fourth to go ahead 7-6 when Arenado hit his eighth homer. D.J. LeMahieu's single chased Beachy and Gonzalez scored on David Carpenter's wild pitch.

All of Gonzalez's five hits were singles, raising his average nine points to .306. Gonzalez matched his career high for hits, which he last accomplished in a 9-4 victory at the Chicago Cubs on May 14.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first on Gonzalez's RBI single and went up 2-0 in the second on Wilin Rosario's 15th homer.

In the third, Colorado led 4-0 on a two-run triple by Michael Cuddyer, who scored to make it 5-0 on Helton's sacrifice fly.

``We played a tough game,' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. ``We got up early. You've got to put those games away. We didn't put it away.'

Notes: Rockies INF Charlie Culberson, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier in the day, grounded out as a pinch hitter in the 10th. Culberson had several family members and friends who drove south from Rome, Ga., hoping to see him play. ... Walden blew his second straight save opportunity and first since April 26, 2012, when he pitched for the Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay. ... Atlanta improved to 8-4 in extra innings. Colorado dropped to 5-8. ... De La Rosa had gone 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA in his last seven starts. He left for a pinch-hitter in the sixth. ... Beachy last pitched on June 16, 2012, against Baltimore. He missed 105 games recovering from a torn right elbow ligament and was tied for the major league lead with a 2.00 ERA when he was injured.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rockies at Braves
Mon, Jul 29 Final 8 to 9
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Rockies at Braves
Tue, Jul 30 Final 3 to 11
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Rockies at Braves
Wed, Jul 31 Final 0 to 9
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Rockies at Braves
Thu, Aug 1 Final 2 to 11
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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  +126   -180   7.5 
 ATL  -136   +160   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  +123   -170   7.5 
 ATL  -133   +150   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  46%   13%   59% 
 ATL  54%   87%   41% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 5 Over: 11 
 COL 6 Cover: +115 
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 Apr 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 10 Cover: +112 
 COL 2 Over: 12 
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 Apr 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 4 Cover: +100 
 COL 3 Under: 7 
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 Apr 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 0 Under: 0 
 COL 0 Cover: +109 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Monday, Jul 29
 
    Rays at Red Sox
6:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Rangers
7:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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