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Braves rock Rockies for third straight game

Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood looks disgusted after falling behind, 6-0, early to the Braves, who went on to win, 9-0, on Wednesday.

Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood looks disgusted after falling behind, 6-0, early to the Braves, who went on to win, 9-0, on Wednesday.

ATLANTA -- Atlanta left-hander Mike Minor and first baseman Freddie Freeman continued their dominance over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday in the Braves’ 9-0 win.

Minor (11-5) pitched seven innings and allowed only two hits, Freeman matched his career high with four hits and the Braves won their sixth straight to increase their lead in the National League East to 11 games.

Atlanta is now 4-2 against the Rockies this year.

Minor beat the Rockies for the second time this season and is now 3-0 against Colorado for his career. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter for the second straight start. At one point, he retired 14 straight.

Freeman was 4-for-4, his 31st multi-hit game, with a walk and two RBIs. He’s knocked in a team-high 71 runs. Freeman is 9-for-24 (.375) against Colorado this season and 29-for-81 (.358) in 21 career games against the Rockies.

The losing pitcher was Tyler Chatwood (7-4), who allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings, his shortest stint of the season.

The Braves scored an unearned run in the first inning. Jason Heyward reached when his grounder was botched by second baseman Charlie Culberson. He went to second on a sharp single by Justin Upton and scored on Freeman’s single.

Atlanta scored seven times in the third inning, the third straight game the Braves have scored six or more times in an inning. Eight of the first nine batters reached base against Chatwood. Freeman and Evan Gattis each had RBI singles, and Brian McCann hit his 15th homer, a three-run shot. Minor added an RBI single, and the final run scored on Heyward’s infield grounder.

Atlanta scored again in the fourth to take a 9-0 lead. Freeman led off with a single and scored two outs later on a well-placed grounder by Chris Johnson that found the hole between third base and shortstop.

NOTES: Colorado LF Carlos Gonzalez left the game in the fourth when he aggravated a sprained finger on his right hand. … Johnson extended his hitting streak to nine games. … For the second straight game, Heyward reached first base on a wild pitch after striking out. … Colorado RHP Roy Oswalt threw a bullpen session Tuesday and will pitch a simulated game Friday in Pittsburgh. Oswalt is expected to make one minor league rehab start before he returns to the rotation. Oswalt was placed on the disabled list July 8 with a left hamstring strain. … Atlanta C Gerald Laird had a procedure Wednesday to remove a kidney stone that’s kept him out of the lineup since July 25. … Plate umpire Marty Foster had to leave the game in the seventh after being hit on the left forearm by a pitch thrown by Rockies RHP Wilton Lopez. The pitch brushed off the uniform of Atlanta SS Andrelton Simmons and caught Foster flush on the arm. He left the game for treatment and was replaced by Marvin Hudson.