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Rockies 4, Braves 2: Rox complete the sweep in Atlanta

The Rockies, for now, have sole possession of first place in the NL West

There was no late inning drama on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. In fact, there wasn’t much drama at all. It was just a workmanlike 4-2 win to complete the sweep against the first place Braves.

The win makes it eight wins in the last nine games for the Rockies, and it pulls the Rockies into a tie for first place in the National League West. If the Diamondbacks lose against the Padres Sunday, the Rockies will have sole possession of first place.

German Márquez’s excellent start

Rockies starters continued their great run. German Márquez allowed two runs and five hits in seven excellent innings; he walked one and struck out five. Márquez only dealt with a lot of traffic in the first inning. After retiring the first two batters, he allowed a Freddie Freeman double, walked a batter, and gave up a single. That gave the Braves a 1-0 lead. He cruised through most of the rest of the game, although a couple more singles in the sixth gave the Braves their second run.

Going solo

Solo home runs provided two of the Rockies four runs. The first was a line drive rope off the bat of Trevor Story in the second inning.

DJ LeMahieu hit his second home run in as many days in the third to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.

Nolan Arenado singled in a run as well, and Carlos González drove in Ryan McMahon in the ninth after a balk sent him to second base.

Up next

The Rockies are off on Monday. After that, they’ll begin a six game home stand against the Padres and Cardinals.