Upton brothers carry Braves to sweep
DENVER -- Coors Field is a wonderful place to homer an opponent into submission. For the first time this season, the Rockies know how it feels to be on the wrong end of clubbing bats.
Juan Francisco homered for two runs in the fourth and the Upton brothers, B.J. and Justin, hit consecutive solo shots in the fifth as the Braves completed a doubleheader sweep with a 10-2 victory Tuesday night.
All the homers came off Rockies right-hander Jon Garland (2-1), who gave up 10 hits in six innings. The Braves (15-5), who entered the day tied with the Rockies (13-7) for the Majors' best record, also hit three homers in the opener, a 4-3 Atlanta victory with Jeff Francis absorbing all the long-ball damage. The Braves also entered the day leading the National League in home runs by one over the Rockies, who have lost three straight for the second time this season.
The first-pitch temperature in the first game was 23 degrees, lowest in a Major League game since STATS Inc. began tracking it in 1991, and it was a balmy 30 at the start of the nightcap. Yet the team from "Hotlanta" seemed to take over Coors Field, with the Braves fans among the brave and shivering attendees vocally cheering and tomahawk-chopping to their hearts' content.
Braves right-hander Julio Teheran (1-0) entered with a 7.31 ERA but left the Rockies feeling cold in seven innings. Teheran gave up eight hits, but the only run scored on Michael Cuddyer's two-out, two-on single in the third for a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, Francisco's fourth homer of the season, after a Freddie Freeman one-out walk, and Jordan Schafer's two-out RBI single gave the Braves a 3-1 lead. B.J. Upton's homer was his third and Justin Upton's was his 11th. It marked the third time they've homered in the same game since both joined the Braves over the winter -- B.J. as a free agent, Justin in a trade with the D-backs. It was their first back-to-back homers, and it marked the 27th time in Major League history that brothers had gone deep in the same contest.
The Rockies tacked on a run in the ninth on three consecutive two-out singles by Yorvit Torrealba, Jonathan Herrera and Eric Young Jr.
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