June 9: Braves (33-29) 3, Rockies (29-34) 1
Runs weren’t easy to come by in a game between the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies, but Gavin Floyd narrowly outdueled Christian Bergman and the Braves strung together enough offense to Rockies 3-1. Chris Johnson knocked in two.
Both offenses were quiet in the early going as neither one of them could muster up any kind of offensive rhythm against Floyd or Bergman on the hill.
In the fourth, Evan Gattis helped the Braves break through the run column as he contributed a run-scoring single to third base with one away in the frame. Next up, Johnson singled home a run on a line drive to center to push the Atlanta cushion to 2-0.
From there, Floyd continued to cruise and the Braves continued along with their 2-0 lead. In fact, Atlanta came very close to busting the game wide open with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth against Bergman. However, the unorthodox righty wiggled out of the frame by getting Andrelton Simmon to fly out to center for the final out of the frame.
In the seventh, the Rockies got their lone run of the game, and against Floyd, when Corey Dickerson jumped on the third pitch he got from the right-hander for a solo big fly. Dickerson finally timed the third consecutive fastball he saw from Floyd to belt his eighth home run of the year to left-center field.
Now up just 2-1, Johnson came through again for his team as he pushed the Braves lead back to two with his second RBI base knock of the contest. With two on and nobody out, Johnson was first-pitch swinging against reliever Adam Ottavino as he sent a shot to center for the run-scoring hit.
Closer Craig Kimbrel came in in the ninth to seal the deal, and he did just that. He set down three of the four batters he faced to earn his 17th save and secure a 3-1 win for his starter.
In his first win of the year, Floyd allowed just the one run and three hits in 6.2 frames. He struck out four and walked three. On the other side, Bergman coughed up two runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out four and allowed two free passes.