Nicasio shines as Rockies beat Braves 3-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2014 at 7:59 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Juan Nicasio took the pressure off a Rockies' lineup missing some big names.

Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki each homered, Nicasio solved the Braves and Colorado beat Atlanta 3-1 on Saturday.

The Rockies were missing some of their big bats as Carlos Gonzalez missed his third straight start with a swollen finger and Nolan Arenado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger. Arenado's injury came in a 3-2 loss on Friday night, and manager Walt Weiss said he wasn't surprised his team had a strong recovery.

"It was a tough night last night, a tough loss and obviously Nolan's situation," Weiss said. "Just like we've been all year, this team is resilient and they turn the page and show up the next day and compete. They don't lose confidence. It was a good gut-check for us today."

Nicasio (5-2) didn't need much offense. The right-hander turned around his ugly history against the Braves — 0-3 and 9.82 ERA in four starts. He gave up only two hits in six shutout innings. Leaning on his fastball, Nicasio pitched around four walks and had five strikeouts.

"To bounce back after that loss last night was big, and we rode Nicasio's shoulders today," Cuddyer said.

Nicasio pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the third.

Instead of being motivated by his poor history against the Braves or the need to take pressure off a weakened lineup, Nicasio said it was an important game only because the Rockies wanted to rebound from Friday night's loss.

"I know I need to win today, tie the series 1-1 and tomorrow we try to win the series," Nicasio said.

Atlanta's Mike Minor (2-3) allowed three runs on four hits — including the two homers — in 6 2-3 innings.

"I'm not happy with the loss but to not have your best stuff and to get a quality start out of it, I'll take it," Minor said.

Trailing 3-0, the Braves tried to rally in the eighth. B.J. Upton singled off Boone Logan and moved to third on Freddie Freeman's double. Justin Upton's fly to right field off Adam Ottavino drove in B.J. Upton as Freeman advanced to third. Ottavino struck out Evan Gattis to end the inning.