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Recap: Rockies 0, Braves 9
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Turner Field
Date: July 31, 2013 7:10 PM EDT
  

ATLANTA (AP) - The Rockies could consider placing outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the disabled list after he aggravated his sprained right middle finger.

Losing Gonzalez would be a big blow to a Colorado lineup that was overwhelmed by Mike Minor and the Braves in a 9-0 loss Wednesday night.

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Minor allowed only two hits in seven scoreless innings and Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in Atlanta's seven-run third.

Gonzalez left the game in the fourth inning. He aggravated the sprained finger on a swing in the first.

Manager Walt Weiss said the disabled list was a possibility for Gonzalez.

``I think it's worth having a discussion,' Weiss said. ``I think he got it pretty good, too. It didn't look good. It's the same thing.

``We've talked about it; he's probably going to be dealing with this for a little while. We'll have to re-evaluate where he's at.'

Gonzalez's injury affects his ability to grip the bat. He lost the bat on his follow-through while striking out to end the first. The bat hit catcher McCann's shoulder.

The Braves have scored at least six runs in one inning while winning the first three games of the four-game series. Atlanta has scored 29 runs in the three wins.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said it was frustrating to lose the last two games by a combined margin of 20-3.

``These last two games have just been bad,' Tulowitzki said. ``We got our butts kicked.'

While the Rockies have struggled, the Braves, who had 15 hits, keep coming up with big innings.

``I can't remember a time ever in my career three games in a row they scored, what, six-plus runs?' Tulowitzki asked. ``Six in two games, seven tonight? In one inning?

``Putting together hit after hit. ... A little bit of everything. It's a tough series.'

Tyler Chatwood (7-4) allowed a career-high seven earned runs on 10 hits, one walk and one hit batter in only 2 1-3 innings.

``I fell behind and they hit some balls good,' Chatwood said. ``You can't fall behind hot teams like that.'

Weiss said Chatwood was just the latest Colorado starter to struggle ``getting balls up in the middle of the plate.'

Weiss said Atlanta's batters ``aren't missing anything that's in the middle of the plate. ... I think it's been the same thing three nights in a row.'

It was a rare poor outing by Chatwood, who was coming off back-to-back wins.

``I felt good about having Chatty out there tonight, the way he competes,' Weiss said. ``He's throwing the ball good.'

Freddie Freeman drove in two runs with four hits and Justin Upton had three hits.

``We're clicking on all cylinders,' Freeman said.

Atlanta is threatening to run away with the NL East. The Braves lead second-place Washington by 11 games in the division, their biggest advantage in nine years.

Minor (11-5) didn't walk a batter and didn't allow a Colorado baserunner to reach second base.

Dexter Fowler led off the game with a single up the middle and was thrown out by McCann attempting to steal second. That was the only baserunner Minor allowed until Nolan Arenado's single with two outs in the fifth.

Minor, coming off a strong outing in a win over the Cardinals on Friday night, has given up two or fewer runs in five straight starts. He threw 95 pitches, 70 for strikes.

Freeman's single in the first inning drove in Jason Heyward, who reached on second baseman Charlie Culberson's fielding error.

The Braves' first six batters reached base in the third inning. Freeman and Evan Gattis had run-scoring singles before McCann's 15th homer pushed the lead to 6-0. Minor's RBI single knocked Chatwood out of the game.

Freeman singled and scored on Chris Johnson's single off Adam Outman in the fourth.

Gonzalez, who throws left-handed, threw out Dan Uggla at the plate from left field in the second inning as Uggla tried to score from second on Andrelton Simmons' single. TV replays indicated catcher Yorvit Torrealba may have missed Uggla on his swipe tag, and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez came out for a brief exchange with home-plate umpire Marty Foster.

DJ LeMahieu pinch hit for Gonzalez in the fourth inning.

There was a delay in the seventh after Rockies right-hander Wilton Lopez hit Simmons with a pitch. The ball glanced off Simmons' chest and then squarely hit Foster's left forearm. Foster left the game after he was examined by Braves assistant trainer Jim Lovell. X-rays were negative.

Umpire Marvin Hudson moved from first base to take over at home.

Luis Ayala pitched the final two innings and stranded two baserunners in the ninth.

NOTES: Chatwood's ERA climbed from 2.48 to 3.15. ... Freeman had his second four-hit game of his career. His first was May 4, 2012, at Colorado. ... Faces in the crowd: Former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, former Braves manager Bobby Cox and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. ... Rockies RHP Chad Bettis will be called up from Double-A Tulsa to start in his major league debut against the Braves on Thursday night. RHP Julio Teheran will start for Atlanta. ...The last time the Braves led the division by 11 games was Oct. 2, 2004.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rockies at Braves
Mon, Jul 29 Final 8 to 9
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GAME 2
Rockies at Braves
Tue, Jul 30 Final 3 to 11
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GAME 3
Rockies at Braves
Wed, Jul 31 Final 0 to 9
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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  +150   -160   7 
 ATL  -165   +140   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  +150   -150   7 
 ATL  -165   +130   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  34%   38%   50% 
 ATL  66%   62%   50% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 3 Over: 14 
 ATL 11 Cover: +100 
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 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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