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Freeman's 2 HRs lead Braves past Colorado

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman homered twice to drive in three runs, Tommy Hanson combined with two relievers on a four-hitter and the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Monday night.

Freeman’s two-run shot in the first inning drove in Brian McCann, who singled with two outs off Ubaldo Jimenez (3-8). The rookie first baseman hit his 11th homer in the eighth off Matt Reynolds.

Jimenez was facing the Braves for the first time since throwing a no-hitter at Turner Field on April 17, 2010. It was the first no-hitter in Rockies history.

Hanson (10-4) gave up one run on four hits and one walk in seven innings. He had six strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 2.52. He ranks among the league leaders in wins and ERA but wasn’t selected to the NL All-Star team.

Jonny Venters worked around a walk in the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save.

The Rockies were without outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who bruised his right wrist when he ran into the center-field wall Sunday against Kansas City. X-rays showed no fracture, but Gonzalez said Monday he can’t

grip a bat.

Manager Jim Tracy said he wouldn’t rule out Gonzalez playing today.

The Rockies lost another star player in the fourth when Troy Tulowitzki left with tightness in his right quadriceps.

Tulowitzki pulled up after grounding into a double play to end the fourth. He leaned over in apparent discomfort near first base before walking slowly off the field. There was no immediate update on the severity of

the injury.

Jonathan Herrera replaced Tulowitzki at shortstop.

The Rockies scored in the fourth when Mark Ellis walked, stole second and scored on Todd Helton’s single.

The Braves pushed their lead to 3-1 in the sixth when McCann singled and scored on Jason Heyward’s double to center. Herrera bobbled the relay throw from Ryan Spilborghs for an error, and Heyward was not awarded an RBI.

The Rockies had only two hits before Herrera singled with two outs in the seventh. He moved to third on Seth Smith’s double past Freeman at first base, but Hanson ended the threat by striking out Ty Wigginton. The usually stoic Hanson slapped his glove on his way off the mound.

Rain started in the sixth inning and continued without an interruption of play.

Notes: The Rockies recalled OF Cole Garner from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Garner flied out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth in his first major league at-bat. ... RHP Clayton Mortensen was optioned to Colorado Springs. Mortensen was 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 16 games, including six starts, with the Rockies. ... Jordan Schafer had four strikeouts as Atlanta’s leadoff hitter. ... It was Freeman’s first game with two homers.