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Recap: Rockies 3, Braves 11
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Turner Field
Date: July 30, 2013 7:10 PM EDT
  

ATLANTA (AP) - Juan Nicasio hoped he had put his troubles behind him after three solid turns in Colorado's rotation.

One outing against the Atlanta Braves showed Nicasio that he still has plenty of work to do.

``I'm feeling good, but it was a bad day,' Nicasio said. ``It was a bad game. I'm working hard for next time. I need to win. I need to win. I love the game. It's hard.'

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Nicasio gave up a season-high eight runs and Atlanta scored six runs in an inning for the second straight night in the Rockies' 11-3 loss Tuesday.

Colorado has lost two straight and six of nine.

Freddie Freeman hit two homers and Brian McCann added a three-run shot to help the Braves win their fifth straight game and improve their record at home to 36-15, best in the majors.

The Rockies led 1-0 in the first on Carlos Gonzalez's sacrifice fly and went ahead 3-1 in the second on Nolan Arenado's ninth homer, but Nicasio couldn't hold the lead.

Nicasio (6-5) gave up 10 hits, walked four and struck out four in four innings.

Since getting recalled July 12 from Triple-A Colorado Springs, Nicasio had gone 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in three starts, but the right-hander was finished after making 31 pitches in the fourth.

Nicasio dropped to 0-3 and has a 9.82 ERA in four career starts against Atlanta.

``I didn't have command of my fastball, so I threw my breaking ball, but it was hanging,' Nicasio said. ``The pitches were up in the zone. I think I was a little too quick with my breaking ball.'

Freeman had four RBIs with his first multihomer game this season and fourth of his career. His three-run shot in the seventh gave the Braves an 11-3 lead.

Atlanta scored six runs with two out in the fourth inning to make it 8-3 on Jason Heyward's RBI single, Evan Gattis' two-run double and McCann's 14th homer.

``We've just got to all work together,' center fielder Dexter Fowler said. ``Sometimes our pitching's good, sometimes our hitting's not so good and vice versa. We faced a good team, they swing the bats and they got timely hits.'

Rookie Alex Wood (1-2) earned his first career victory, allowing six hits, three runs and one walk while striking out seven in seven innings.

Freeman's 13th homer, a three-run shot off Edgmer Escalona, put the Braves up 11-3. In 67 games since May 15, Freeman is hitting .311 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs.

Colorado's Michael Cuddyer singled in the seventh and tried to score from first on Wilin Rosario's double, but was tagged out at the plate.

Heyward overran the ball in left-center after it took a bad hop and had to turn back two steps to pick it up, but his relay to Andrelton Simmons was on time, and Cuddyer was cut down on McCann's tag.

``I knew I didn't have a lot of time,' Simmons said. ``I didn't want to overthrow him and cause all that, so just tried to keep it low and get as much as I could on it.'

NOTES: Colorado LHP Jeff Francis allowed three hits and two runs in 2 1-3 innings. It was Francis' second relief appearance in 217 career games and first since Oct. 3, 2010 against St. Louis. ... Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he still hasn't decided who will start the series finale on Thursday opposite Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran. ... Rookie OF Todd Cunningham, a top Braves prospect, was cheered loudly after singling in the seventh in his first major league at-bat. Cunningham's contract was purchased earlier in the day from Triple-A Gwinnett when OF Reed Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left heel tendinitis. Cunningham stayed in the game and replaced Gattis in left field.

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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
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  +140   -155   8 
 ATL  -150   +135   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  +136   -145   8.5 
 ATL  -151   +125   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  48%   57%   81% 
 ATL  52%   43%   19% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 8 Over: 17 
 ATL 9 Cover: +100 
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 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
 Tuesday, Jul 30
 
    Brewers at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Pirates
4:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Giants at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Yankees at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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