ATLANTA — Colorado scored four runs in the third inning and pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn capped a big offensive performance for the Rockies with a ninth-inning grand slam in an 11-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
After averaging 2.7 runs in its last seven road games at San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado took advantage of baseball’s worst team.
Dropping to 13-35 at home and 31-59 overall, the Braves rank last in the majors in runs scored and homers. They put some poor pitching and fielding on display, too.
Atlanta’s sixth pitcher, Dario Alvarez, gave up Raburn’s fourth career grand slam — his third pinch-hit homer this season.
Colorado went up 1-0 in the first on Carlos Gonzalez’s RBI single and took a 5-0 lead in the third thanks to pitcher Lucas Harrell’s two-base throwing error.
After Nolan Arenado’s RBI single, Harrell threw wildly to shallow right field on Trevor Story’s soft infield single, allowing Arenado to score from second and Gonzalez from first. Story scored on Daniel Descalso’s sacrifice fly.
Colorado took a 7-0 lead in the fourth when D.J. LeMahieu had an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch. Harrell was chased when Arenado reached on an infield single.
Harrell (1-1) allowed seven hits and seven runs — five earned — in 3 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four in his third start for Atlanta.
Jorge De La Rosa (6-6) snapped a two-start skid, allowing eight hits, two runs and three walks in six innings. He struck out two.
The Braves made it 7-1 in the fifth on pinch-hitter Brandon Snyder’s RBI double. Jeff Francoeur’s RBI single cut the lead to 7-2 in the sixth.
Dating to last season, the Rockies have won three straight at Turner Field for the first time since they won five in a row from Sept. 12, 1997-April 26, 1998.
THE CLOSEST CALL
Braves 1B Freddie Freeman was in the lineup after having a cancerous mole surgically removed from his upper back three days ago.
Freeman received test results Friday that abnormal cells were present, but he said he’s cancer-free following the procedure. The Atlanta fan favorite and two-time All-Star said he regularly gets checkups after his mother, Rosemary Freeman, died of skin cancer in 2000 when her son was 9.
Suspended Atlanta OF Hector Olivera started a minor league rehab assignment, but has no guarantees he will return to the Atlanta Braves after his arrest on domestic violence charges.
Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said Olivera will play four or five days for the team’s Gulf Coast League affiliate before reporting to Triple-A Gwinnett next week.
Olivera is eligible to return to the majors on Aug. 2, but the Braves have no timetables in place.
Gonzalez’s threw a one-hop assist to Nick Hundley, who tagged out Snyder to end the fifth. Snyder was trying to score from second on Adonis Garcia’s single. Gonzalez, a three-time All-Star, played in his 1,000th career game.
Rockies: OF Gerardo Parra, on the disabled list since June 17 with a high ankle sprain, ran the bases, but manager Walt Weiss had not update regarding a rehab assignment.
Braves: C Tyler Flowers was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand. Atlanta selected the contract of Anthony Recker from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Flowers’ place. Flowers was hitting .253 with seven homers and 21 RBIs.
The Braves acquired Recker, the former Mets backup who has been in the minors all year, from Cleveland for cash considerations in May.
Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (7-6) is 2-1 with a 6.35 ERA in four games — three starts — against Atlanta.
Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (3-3) is 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA in one career start and two relief appearances in three games.