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Braves best the Rockies 5-2

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Julio Teheran starts off Players Weekend with a dominant performance. 

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Julio Teheran began the game in a rhythm striking out Charlie Blackmon, getting a ground out from LeMahieu and a popout from Arenado. When the Braves came up in the bottom of the first however it was a different story. After lineouts by Ender Inciarte and Brandon Phillips, Freddie Freeman walked and then Matt Kemp blasted the first pitch he saw to deep center to take the lead 2-0.

In the bottom of the second Kurt Suzuki poured it on against the normally great Chad Bettis with a homer of his own. That home run was Kurt’s 15th of the season and tied his career high for a single season. Ozzie Albies also had a great night and hit a double right after the Suzuki homer. Dansby Swanson walked and Julio dropped down a great sacrifice setting it up for the top of the lineup. Ender stepped to the plate and hit a soft ground ball scoring Ozzie from third and moving Dansby to third for Brandon Phillips who then singled in Swanson bringing the score to 5-0.

The Rockies got one back in the top of the third off a Trevor Story double and a Charlie Blackmon RBI single.

Julio Teheran was the real story of the night though as he pitched a great ballgame in which he had to leave after 7.1 innings due to muscle cramps again. Julio didn’t walk a batter and yet again managed his homers allowed well only giving up 1.

Mark Reynolds added a homer in the seventh to make the score 5-2 but the Rockies would not score again as the Braves bullpen would go on to hold this one together. Sam Freeman struck out Charlie Blackmon who had to leave in the eighth after reaching for his hamstring on a swing and miss.

Arodys Vizcaino was brought in at the top of the ninth to preserve the lead and continued his great work of late recording 2 strike outs getting the save.

Matt Kemp had a 3 hit night with a home run, a double and 2 RBI.

Ozzie Albies was 2 for 2 with a double, 2 walks and a stolen base to help the Braves cause.

Bring on the fireworks!