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Morales hurt by 3 HRs; Rockies fall to Braves 7-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2014 at 8:36 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario kept lining up on the outside of the plate.

Franklin Morales kept throwing the ball over the middle.

That produced bad results for Colorado.

Colorado pitchers gave up four homers, including three by Morales, and the Rockies were shut out by Julio Teheran and the Braves 7-0 on Sunday.

The Rockies lost two of three in the series, but they ended the day with good news.

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said he avoided an injury when he left the game in the eighth inning. He appeared to limp slightly while walking slowly off the field, accompanied by a trainer. He said he hit his left foot on his backswing.

"I think I'm all right," Tulowitzki said.

Added Rockies manager Walt Weiss: "He'll be fine."

Morales (3-4) lasted only 4 2-3 innings, allowing five runs and three walks and five hits. He gave up two homers to Evan Gattis and a two-run shot to Justin Upton. Chris Johnson added a two-run homer off Nick Masset in the eighth.

"This Atlanta club hits the ball in the seats," Weiss said. "That's what they do.

"A couple of balls got elevated and they hit them out."

Gattis hit his first homer off Morales with one out in the second, a towering shot that sent center fielder Charlie Blackmon crashing into the wall near the 400-foot mark.

Upton walked with one out in the fourth before Gattis lined his second homer of the day about 12 rows deep into the left-field seats. Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez took one step to his right before standing and watching the homer quickly reach the seats.

Gattis crushed pitches over the middle of the plate — not where Rosario lined up — on each of his pitches. In the second inning, Rosario lined up inside and in the fourth he wanted the pitch on the outside edge of the plate.

"I tried to use both sides of the plate, but sometimes I missed my spots and that's why I got hit," Morales said.

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