Rockies shut down by Minor in 1-0 to Braves

Associated Press Published: September 5, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) — Rockies manager Jim Tracy credited Mike Minor for pitching well for Atlanta, and he felt his team underperformed when it put runners on base.

"As we've been doing for the last five weeks, we played as hard as you can ask a club to play," Tracy said. "But we just couldn't get a timely hit."

Colorado went hitless against Minor for six innings and Craig Kimbrel earned his first career four-out save in the Rockies' 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves 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, walked four and struck out seven. The left-hander threw 63 of 108 pitches for strikes. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the seventh.

Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, who went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts for the game, thought Minor did a good job of mixing speeds and hitting his spots.

"He looked pretty good," LeMahieu said, "and we just weren't swinging the bat very well."

The Braves took the lead in the fourth when Chipper Jones hit a leadoff single against Alex White (2-8), moved to second on Freddie Freeman's walk and scored when shortstop Josh Rutledge made an errant throw to first after recording one out on Brian McCann's fielder's choice grounder.

The NL wild card-leading Braves had lost 11 of 17.

Jose Constanza drew a leadoff walk in the seventh for Atlanta against Matt Ottavino, stole second and moved to third on Tyler Pastornicky's sacrifice. 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 and walked four in four innings.

"My four-seam (fastball) is actually the one I had trouble commanding," White said. "But I had good stuff, got some guys out and kept us in the game."

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.

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