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Big Lead Vanishes, Rockies Fall to Braves 13-9

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In a pattern that seems to be repeating itself too often, the Colorado Rockies (12-14) built a 6-0 lead after two innings, only to lose to the Atlanta Braves (17-11) 13-9 last night in Denver. The Rockies and Braves play the final game of the series this afternoon at 1:10 at Coors Field (TV: Root Sports).

“That’s the worst game of the year for us,” manager Jim Tracy said. “From the sixth inning on, we didn’t pitch at all. We had a 6-0 lead after two innings … and once we went to our bullpen, no one that we ran out there threw with any consistency whatsoever. When you’ve scored 17 runs in the first two games of the series and you haven’t won one, it gives you a pretty good idea of where we’re failing.”

“The wheels fell off,” Moyer said. “Solo home runs usually don’t beat you, but they just chipped away and they chipped away. I couldn’t get an out in the sixth.”

Official: Saturday’s Box Score.

Having lost a five-run, first-inning lead on Friday night, the Rockies built an even bigger lead on Saturday. They put together two walks and a single to load the bases for Michael Cuddyer, who turned on an 85-mph changeup from Mike Minor and launched a drive to the left-center alley, sending the ball some 400 feet into the stands for his sixth career grand slam. It was the third slam of the Rockies’ season, all coming on the current homestand.

Tickets are available for this afternoon’s game at Coors Field vs. the Atlanta Braves, and can be purchased by calling (800) 388-ROCK, or click here.

[ColoradoRockies.com]

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