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Braves lose Grilli in 3-2 loss to Rockies

This sucks on multiple levels.

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This is one game where the Braves lost twice. Not only did they lose the game, they lose their closer for the rest of the year.

Jason Grilli suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon in the ninth inning, and took the loss in Atlanta's 3-2 defeat against the Rockies.

Carlos Gonzalez stayed hot for the Rockies with a two-run homer in the first inning, the fifth time in six games the Braves had allowed a first-inning run. The Braves came back to tie the score with home runs from Juan Uribe in the second inning and Ryan Lavarnway in the third.

Other than the homers, both Matt Wisler and Jorge De La Rosa were on their game. Wisler allowed six hits in six innings with seven strikeouts; De La Rosa also struck out seven in six innings, giving up four hits. Atlanta's offense stranded the bases loaded twice: in the fourth and again in the eighth; Chris Johnson didn't immediately run after hitting what was to be a sure double in the eighth, and was thrown out at second, changing the whole complexion of the inning. Arodys Vizcaino and Luis Avilan denied Colorado a run in the seventh following a one-out triple. Atlanta stranded nine runners overall, Colorado 12.

Drew Stubbs greeted Jason Grilli leading off the ninth. Three pitches in, Grilli had to come off the mound to cover first base, but then he collapsed to the ground holding his left leg. The injury, later revealed to be a ruptured Achilles tendon, meant Grilli had to be carted off the field. From there, David Aardsma plunked Charlie Blackmon with a two-strike pitch and struck out Nolan Arenado before walking Troy Tulowitzki to load the bases. Mike Foltynewicz was brought in to face Carlos Gonzalez, who popped up the first pitch into shallow center; Andrelton Simmons appeared to have a play, but Cameron Maybin called him off and promptly dropped it, allowing the Rockies to walk off.

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Source: FanGraphs

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