Tulowitzki homers as Rockies sweep Braves, 11-3

All-Star Troy Tulowitzki homered, Charlie Blackmon had three hits and drove in four runs and the Colorado Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 11-3 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep.

Drew Stubbs also went deep for the Rockies, who took four from Atlanta for the first time in team history.

Tulowitzki was chosen as an injury replacement to the NL All-Star team on Saturday, right after his 21-game hitting streak ended. He started another one with a three-run homer in the sixth off reliever Dave Carpenter.

Blackmon did his damage against Atlanta starter Alex Wood (6-6). His two-run single in the second gave Colorado a 3-0 lead and his second two-RBI single came two batters before Tulowitzki's 10th home run.

Chad Bettis (5-4) got the win.

Tulowitzki has reached base in 38 straight games, tied for fourth in franchise history.

Wood started Sunday after being limited to two pitches in the series opener on Thursday. A rain delay in the bottom of the first lasted 2 hours, 6 minutes and ended his outing early.

Carpenter, who made his Braves debut on Tuesday, allowed a two-run homer to Stubbs in the seventh, his fifth on the season.

The Braves tried to avoid their first four-game sweep of the season with a rally in the top of the sixth. Kelly Johnson and A.J. Pierzynski had RBI singles and Jonny Gomes tied it at 3 with a ground-rule double to right off Bettis.

Bettis avoided further damage by fanning Wood and getting Jace Peterson to ground into a forceout.

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Braves: RHP Jason Grilli will see a specialist when the team returns to Atlanta. Grilli ruptured his left Achilles' tendon when he ran to cover first base on a grounder Saturday. ... OF Cameron Maybin was a late scratch from the starting lineup due to illness. He pinch-hit in the ninth.

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Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (6-4, 4.56) will open a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Teheran is 2-0 with a 3.81 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs.

 

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