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Braves rally late to split series
Braves Rockies Baseba Heal
Atlanta Braves' Nate McLouth watches his RBI-triple during the seventh inning of Thursday's game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. - photo by Associated Press

DENVER — Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman each homered and had two hits and the Atlanta Braves overcame a shaky start by Tommy Hanson to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-6 Thursday.

Brooks Conrad homered and Nate McLouth had two hits apiece for Atlanta, which earned a split of the four-game series.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 30th save.

Carlos Gonzalez homered for the Rockies before leaving in the fifth inning with a right wrist injury while swinging — he fouled the ball off. He was taken to for an MRI. It's the same wrist on which he sustained a deep bone bruise after running into the center-field wall on July 3. He missed eight games.

Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin struggled for the second straight game, allowing five runs on four hits and walking seven in 4 2-3 innings.

Hanson (11-5) also struggled but received enough run support to get the win. He allowed six runs on seven hits and struck out seven in six innings.

Trailing 6-5, the Braves took the lead for good against Matt Reynolds (0-2) in the seventh. Conrad tied it with a one-out homer, his fourth, Alex Gonzalez doubled and McLouth tripled to make it 7-6.

Matt Lindstrom relieved Reynolds and McLouth scored on pinch-hitter Wilkin Ramirez's fielder's choice. Ramirez scored on Heyman's double to make it 9-6.

The Rockies took the early lead when Gonzalez led off the bottom of the first with his 15th homer of the season. They made it 4-0 in the second when Dexter Fowler hit a two-run triple and stole home on a missed suicide squeeze attempt by Chacin.

The Braves got back into the game by capitalizing on Chacin's lack of control. Martin Prado led off the third with a walk and Heyward followed with his 10th homer of the season. Freeman singled, Chacin walked Eric Hinske and Conrad to load the bases, and Freeman scored on Gonzalez's groundout to make it 4-3.

The Braves chased Chacin in the fifth. Freeman tied the game with his 15th homer with one out, Hinske walked and Conrad reached on a fielder's choice. After Gonzalez walked, McLouth singled off reliever Matt Belisle to make it 5-4.

The Rockies went ahead 6-5 in the sixth when Seth Smith drove in Troy Tulowitzki with a triple and came in on Chris Iannetta's sacrifice fly.




: Kimbrel tied an Atlanta rookie record for saves set by Kerry Ligtenberg in 1998. ... Braves 2B Dan Uggla (strained left calf) was out of the lineup. Uggla was injured running out a grounder in the third inning of Wednesday's game.