ATLANTA (AP) - Tommy Hanson says he's making progress as he looks for his first win since July.
Hanson gave up homers to Carlos Gonzalez and Jordan Pacheco, and four Colorado pitchers combined on a nine-hitter as the Rockies shut out the Atlanta Braves 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Pacheco, who had two hits and drove in two runs, led off the fifth with his fourth homer on an 0-2 pitch for a 2-0 lead.
Hanson (12-8) said he shouldn't have given Pacheco a pitch to hit, but he said Gonzalez's fourth-inning homer came on a good pitch.
``The 0-2 pitch needed to be buried,' Hanson said.
``The one to Gonzalez, not so much. He got me. He's a good hitter and ... that's not one of those situations where I'm going to beat myself up over it.'
Hanson allowed two runs and five hits, including the two homers, in 5 2-3 innings. He has a no-decision and three straight losses since returning from a lower back strain on Aug. 17. His last win came on July 30.
``I felt like my command's getting back to where it needs to be,' Hanson said.
``Lately my breaking balls have been good. It has been my fastball command that's been the issue, and it was a lot better tonight.'
Drew Pomeranz needed 72 pitches to make it through three innings. He gave up five hits and one walk, but the Braves couldn't score against him despite having two runners on in each inning.
``One big key to the game tonight was the fact Drew was fighting his command but he got a couple big outs when he needed to get them which actually kept them off the board,' Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ``From there the guys that picked him up were terrific.'
Carlos Torres (4-1), who took over after Pomeranz lasted only three innings, threw three scoreless innings. He allowed three hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Rex Brothers and Matt Belisle completed the shutout. The Rockies began the game tied for last in the NL with only five shutouts.
Pomeranz said patient approaches by Atlanta's hitters helped send his pitch count soaring.
``I felt I was in a lot of 0-2 and 1-2 counts and trying to throw good pitches to get them out,' Pomeranz said. ``They were being very patient. ... Pitches add up pretty fast.'
Sloppy play by the Braves helped the Rockies add to their lead. The Braves, who began the night leading the NL in fielding, had three errors.
Colorado took advantage of a fielding error by first baseman Freddie Freeman on D.J. LeMahieu's grounder and wild pitches by Peter Moylan and Luis Avilan to score two unearned runs in the seventh. Dexter Fowler's single drove in LeMahieu. Torres, who walked, scored on a wild pitch by Avilan.
The Rockies added two runs in the eighth. Colvin doubled off Chad Durbin and scored on Pacheco's single. LeMahieu singled to right, and Jason Heyward's throw to third base skipped past Chipper Jones for an error. Durbin's wild throw to the plate, for another error, allowed Pacheco to score.
``That seventh and eighth inning got away from us a little bit,' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ``A couple wild pitches. We're better than that defensively.'
Hanson left the game after he walked Tyler Colvin to load the bases with two outs in the sixth. Pacheco popped out to catcher David Ross on Moylan's first pitch.
The Braves' best scoring chance came in the sixth, when Martin Prado singled and moved to third on Heyward's single with one out. Heyward took off for second when David Ross struck out. Prado then broke from third base and was thrown out at the plate by LeMahieu.
Dan Uggla grounded out to third base as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning in his first at-bat since Gonzalez told him he lost his starting job at second base.
Uggla remained in the game, and Prado moved from second base to shortstop.
NOTES: Pacheco has a 13-game hitting streak. ... Braves RHP Kris Medlen was named NL Player of the Month and then posted on Twitter he just learned his unborn child is a boy. Medlen (7-1) was 4-0 with a 0.50 ERA in five August starts. ... Gonzalez said the team doesn't plan to recall RHP Jair Jurrjens, who was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett on Aug. 1 because of a right groin strain. Jurrjens was 3-4 with a 6.89 ERA in 11 games with Atlanta this season. ... Gonzalez said C Brian McCann, who hasn't played since he was given a pain-relieving shot in his sore right shoulder after Saturday's game, could return Wednesday. ... Braves LHP Mike Minor will face Rockies RHP Alex White when the four-game series continues on Wednesday. Minor gave up 10 hits and eight runs in five innings at Colorado on May 5.
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