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Minor, Kimbrel pitch Braves to 1-0 win

Associated Press Modified: September 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm •  Published: September 5, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Minor was not too impressed with his performance even after pitching the best game of his career.

"I kind of just dodged them, I guess," he said. "To me, it wasn't one of my best starts, but on paper it looks good."

Minor held Colorado hitless for six innings, Craig Kimbrel earned the first four-out save of his career and the Atlanta Braves beat the Rockies 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Minor (8-10) lost a no-hit bid in the seventh when Jordan Pacheco led off with a single. Pacheco stole second, but was stranded when Minor struck out Ramon Hernandez swinging, Chris Nelson on a foul tip and Andrew Brown looking.

Minor allowed one hit, four walks and struck out seven. The left-hander threw 63 of 108 pitches for strikes. He left the game when Tyler Pastornicky hit for him in the seventh.

Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez thought Minor did a fine job in holding Colorado, which began the night second in the NL with a .272 batting average, hitless through six innings.

"They're not schleppers out there, and we've had some pretty good ball games pitched against them, with Tommy (Hanson) and Mike Minor and obviously (Kris) Medlen," Gonzalez said. "They swing the bats. They scare you a little bit."

The Braves made it 1-0 in the fourth off Alex White (2-8) when Chipper Jones led off with a single, moved to second when Freddie Freeman walked and scored when shortstop Josh Rutledge threw errantly to first after recording one out on Brian McCann's fielder's choice grounder.

Atlanta began the night with a two-game lead over St. Louis and a 3½-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL wild-card race. The Braves had lost 11 of 17.

Jose Constanza drew a leadoff walk in the seventh for Atlanta off Matt Ottavino, stole second and moved to third on Pastornicky's sacrifice bunt. Matt Reynolds and William Harris got the last two outs with strikeouts of Michael Bourn and Martin Prado.

White, who was facing the Braves for the first time in his career, allowed two hits, one unearned run and four walks with no strikeouts in four innings.

Atlanta continued to struggle offensively despite second baseman Dan Uggla and McCann returning to the lineup. Uggla was benched the last three games with a .208 batting average, and McCann missed the last three games after taking a cortisone shot in his right shoulder.

Uggla and McCann combined to go 0 for 7. The Nos. 2-4 hitters — Prado, Jason Heyward and Jones — each left three runners on base, but the Braves did manage to improve to 6-40 this year when scoring two or fewer runs.

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