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Rockies sweep Braves thanks to five scoreless innings from Tyler Chatwood despite eight walks

The Rockies are now four games under .500 as we get closer to August.

Trevor Story homered... again.
Trevor Story homered... again.
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Tyler Chatwood threw five scoreless innings — but he walked eight hitters in the process — en route to a 7-2 Colorado Rockies win on Sunday afternoon over the Atlanta Braves. With the win at Coors Field, the Rockies swept the Braves and improved to 47-51, four games under .500 as the calendar nears August.

Chatwood allowed just one hit in his five innings of work, doing some gymnastics to keep the Braves off the board with all the walks while striking out six hitters. He threw just 51 of his 97 pitches for strikes on Sunday, but it was good enough to get his ninth win of the year, and propel the Rockies along the way.

The Rox scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, in part thanks to a three-run homer from third baseman Nolan Arenado off Braves starter Tyrell Jenkins. A Nick Hundley RBI single gave the Rockies their fourth run of the frame and, as it would turn out, all they needed for the victory.

After trading zeroes for a few frames, DJ LeMahieu hit a solo homer off Jenkins in the bottom of the fourth. Later in the inning, Trevor Story followed it up with his own two-run shot, his 27th of the season, to give the Rockies their sixth and seventh runs of the game, all tagged to Jenkins.

The Braves put up their two runs against Gonzalez Germen in the seventh inning, but by then, the Rockies were firmly in control and the home club won going away, out slugging the Braves 11-to-5 in the process.

From here, the Rockies head to Baltimore for a three-game set against the Orioles, before heading to Queens for four more against the New York Mets.