Gonzalez, Pacheco homer, Rockies beat Braves 6-0

Associated Press Modified: September 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm •  Published: September 4, 2012
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ATLANTA (AP) — Drew Pomeranz got the Colorado Rockies started on a rare shutout.

Pomeranz and three relievers combined on a nine-hitter, Carlos Gonzalez and Jordan Pacheco hit homers and the Rockies shut out the Atlanta Braves 6-0 on Tuesday night.

Pomeranz needed 72 pitches to make it through three innings. He gave up five hits and one walk, but the Braves couldn't score against him despite having two runners on in each inning.

"One big key to the game tonight was the fact Drew was fighting his command but he got a couple big outs when he needed to get them which actually kept them off the board," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "From there the guys that picked him up were terrific."

Carlos Torres (4-1), who took over after Pomeranz lasted only three innings, threw three scoreless innings. He allowed three hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Rex Brothers and Matt Belisle completed the shutout. The Rockies began the game tied for last in the NL with only five shutouts.

Pomeranz said patient approaches by Atlanta's hitters helped send his pitch count soaring.

"I felt I was in a lot of 0-2 and 1-2 counts and trying to throw good pitches to get them out," Pomeranz said. "They were being very patient. ... Pitches add up pretty fast."

Gonzalez broke a scoreless tie with a one-out homer off Tommy Hanson in the fourth that landed deep into the center field seats.

Gonzalez, who had two hits, has 22 homers — including only two since July 23.

Tracy said Gonzalez has missed the protection of such injured players as Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton.

"We are without some significant people," Tracy said. "For him to continue to do the job that he's doing, I think you have to tip your cap to him. When I say hitting hasn't been easy, I think the opposition is well aware of the damage he can do. There are times they are not going to afford him a whole lot of opportunity."

Pacheco, who had two hits and drove in two runs, led off the fifth with his fourth homer on an 0-2 pitch for a 2-0 lead.

Hanson (12-8) said he shouldn't have given Pacheco a pitch to hit, but he said Gonzalez hit a good pitch.

"The 0-2 pitch needed to be buried," Hanson said.

"The one to Gonzalez, not so much. He got me. He's a good hitter and ... that's not one of those situations where I'm going to beat myself up over it."

Hanson allowed two runs and five hits, including the two homers, in 5 2-3 innings. He has lost three straight starts.



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