The Colorado Rockies overcame a 3-0 deficit with a late rally, scoring four runs in the final two innings on Saturday night, pushing past the host Atlanta Braves and winning 4-3. This was the Rockies' second straight win both in the series with Atlanta, and in coming out of the All-Star break earlier this week.
Chad Bettis didn't figure into the game's decision on Saturday, but he threw the ball well all the same, going 6.2 innings and allowing three runs on six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. He threw 59 of his 104 pitches for strikes, and pitched well enough to keep the Rockies in the game, though for quite a while, the club couldn't get anything across on Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz.
Bettis' runs came across first in the bottom of the second inning, when Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run home run, and later in the top of the seventh inning when Foltynewicz himself singled home Ender Inciarte to give the Braves what looked like a solid three-run lead.
Foltynewicz cruised through his first seven innings, and Atlanta opted to let him go into the eighth, but very quickly he got into trouble in the top half of that frame, and eventually was removed after facing three hitters—and failing to get an out—in the inning. A Nick Hundley single that scored Ryan Raburn, followed by a wild pitch from reliever Hunter Cervenka that scored Mark Reynolds brought the Rockies within a run.
Later that inning, DJ LeMahieu singled home Hundley off Chris Withrow, tying the game and leaving Foltynewicz and Bettis both with no-decisions.
In the top of the next frame, a ground ball fielder's choice off the bat of Mark Reynolds—and a throwing error by Atlanta shortstop Erick Aybar—scored Trevor Story, giving the Rockies their first lead of the game. A scoreless bottom of the ninth inning from Rox closer Carlos Estevez sealed up the Rockies' very first win of the year after trailing through seven innings.
Having already sealed the series victory after winning the first two games, the Rockies will face off in the finale with Atlanta tomorrow before noon Mountain time.