MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Atlanta2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 672
Colorado0 2 2 0 0 2 1 0 x 781
  W: T. Kinley (3-2)   L: A. Minter (2-5)   S: C. Estévez (5)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 4, 2021
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 35,351

Braves bid to rebound from loss, pick up steam vs. Rockies

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Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies

  1. These teams have not met since 2019 when they split six games, but it was the Braves that took two of three games at Coors Field. The Braves have won six of their last nine regular-season games in Colorado after losing their previous 11 games there.
  2. The Braves have lost three in a row, all at the Dodgers, and six of their last eight games. The most they have lost in a row this season is four. They have done so four times, but the first three such streaks came within the first 28 games of the season.
  3. The Rockies finished 4-5 in their recent nine-game road trip and return home where they have a 43-22 record. The 43 home wins are the second most in the National League; the Padres have 46. Colorado has a team batting average of .286 at home compared to .211 on the road.
  4. Jorge Soler is hitting .267 with eight home runs in 28 games for the Braves after hitting .192 with 13 home runs in 94 games with the Royals this season. He has zero home runs in six career games at Coors Field.
  5. C.J. Cron went 0-for-5 in the first game of September after hitting .387 (36/93) in August. He led the majors in batting average and RBI (34) in August, and his 11 home runs in that month were second only to the 12 hit by the Royals' Salvador Perez.
  6. Touki Toussaint has a 5.63 ERA in four home games, three starts, this season compared to a 2.25 ERA in four road starts. He closed the game last Sunday against the Giants in his only relief appearance this season. Chi Chi Gonzalez has allowed 14 earned runs in his last four outings (three starts and one relief appearance).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/2/2021 thru 9/5/2021

The Atlanta Braves are hopeful the return of second baseman Ozzie Albies will help stabilize the suddenly staggering team as it pursues its fourth straight National League East pennant.

Albies was back in the lineup on Friday and has been declared healthy for the remainder of Atlanta's four-game series against the Colorado Rockies, which continues on Saturday night in Denver. The teams have split the first two games, with Colorado prevailing 4-3 on Friday.

Atlanta (71-63), which has a two-game lead over second-place Philadelphia in the East, missed a chance to pick up ground after the Phillies lost to the Miami Marlins on Friday. The Braves led the division by 5 1/2 games on Aug. 27.

Colorado (62-73) resides in fourth place in the NL West.

Albies had been out since fouling a pitch off his left knee against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. He sat out two games but declared himself healthy and ready on Friday.

"He had a great workout (Thursday), but we decided not to put him back out there," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "He had a great workout today."

Albies hit a leadoff homer to open Friday's game. It was his 24th home run, his 64th extra-base hit and gave him 252 total bases for the season.

Albies was at the plate in the eighth inning on Friday with Eddie Rosario at second base after a leadoff double, but he didn't have a chance to drive in the run when Rosario was thrown out trying to steal third.

The Rockies have their own sparkplug in first baseman C.J. Cron, the NL Player of the Month for August. Cron delivered what proved to be the game-winning RBI single on Friday. He has four doubles, six homers and 25 RBIs over his past 13 home games.

"I tend to pick it up in the second half of the season," Cron said. "I don't know why it takes that long, but I'm glad it comes and it's something that I can always fall back on right around the All-Star break. It's good knowing in my head that there's always a good chance I'm going get going and contribute to the team more."

The pitching matchup for Saturday features a pair of right-handers: Colorado's German Marquez (11-10, 4.10 ERA) against Atlanta's Ian Anderson (6-5, 3.36).

Marquez will try to bounce back from a pair of subpar games in which he has allowed nine runs in nine innings over the last two starts. In his most recent outing on Monday, Marquez took the loss after giving up four runs -- including three homers -- over six innings against the Texas Rangers.

In three career starts against Atlanta, Marquez is 1-2 with a 7.56 ERA. He last faced the Braves in 2019, a game he lost after giving up five runs in five innings.

Anderson made a successful return from an extended stay on the injured last Sunday when he worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants. Anderson, who had been out since the All-Star Game with right-shoulder inflammation, scattered four hits and worked around two walks.

Anderson will make his first career start against Colorado.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 4, 2021

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