The Colorado Rockies are not making it easy for the Atlanta Braves to sew their fourth straight National League East pennant.
The Rockies knocked out the Braves in the opening game of their three-game series on Tuesday, preventing Atlanta from strengthening its lead over the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets. Colorado did the same to the Phillies, winning three of four in the previous series.
Colorado has won five of its last six road games, dropping to 13-17 away from the All-Star break.
“There is a lot of experience that will help us move forward,” said Rockies manager Bud Black. “This is obviously not the finishing touch, but it helps the process.”
The Rockies (67-78) will look to continue their success on Wednesday as they play the mid-game of the three-game series. Colorado has been 9-2 at Truist Park since 2017, having beaten the Braves by 21 points while hitting 18 home runs in those competitions.
Atlanta (76-67) holds a 4-1 / 2-game lead over Philadelphia and a 5-1 / 2-game advantage over the Mets in the division.
The pitching game features Atlanta right-hander Huascar Ynoa (4-5, 3.22 ERA) and Colorado right-hander Antonio Senzatela (4-9, 4.11), a rematch of the September 3 game that the Rockies have. won 4-3.
In this competition, Senzatela took the victory after pitching seven innings and allowing three runs. Ynoa, who was making his career first appearance against Colorado, suffered the loss after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Ynoa, 23, looked good on his last outing Thursday against the Washington Nationals. He worked five innings and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
“He’s going to have bumps in the road,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s not a veteran yet. He smoothed things over and he was really good. He just keeps getting better and better. I love this kid.”
Senzatela, 26, has produced quality starts in each of his last six starts, the Rockies’ longest pitching streak this season. He has a 2.54 in 39 innings during this time. He’s just 1-6 with a 4.40 ERA on the road, but he’s 1-2 with a 2.61 ERA in his last five appearances at Coors Field.
In his last start Thursday in Philadelphia, he allowed two runs on four hits in six innings in a no-decision. He fanned three and walked two.
“I felt good,” Senzatela said. “Everything was working fine – my fastball and my breakout shots were all there so I felt really good.”
Senzatela has made four career appearances and three starts against the Braves, going 2-0 with a 3.66 ERA.
Colorado’s Trevor story continues to beat a stick. He hit a solo homeroom on Tuesday and is now 0.372 (16 for 43) with seven doubles and four homers at Truist Park. He has scored in three of his last four games and is batting .273 (15 for 55) with six homers in his last 15 games after coming out of a 0 for 24 drought.
Adam Duvall of Atlanta scored his 35th homerun, second in the NHL, and had two RBIs to give him 101 RBIs for the league lead. Duvall recorded a personal best 103 RBIs in 2016.
– Field level media