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Jun 12, 2014 7:49 PM by Posted by Greg Smith

Rockies rout Braves, reward stellar Chacin

DENVER -- On a day when his manager unleashed uncharacteristic anger and had to be restrained, Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin pitched his calmest start of the season.

Chacin (1-4) held the Braves to two hits in seven scoreless innings in the Rockies' 10-3 series-ending win Thursday.

Walt Weiss wasn't in the dugout to celebrate, though, after he was ejected in the eighth for confronting Braves reliever David Carpenter. The manager had some choice words for Carpenter, who was ejected after hitting Corey Dickerson with a pitch in apparent retaliation for Dickerson's backswing knocking Braves catcher Gerald Laird out of the game.

After the Rockies added two runs in the eighth, right-hander Nick Massett plunked Evan Gattis with two outs in the ninth. Massett, along with Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells, were then ejected.

The leadoff batter reached for the Rockies in each of the first three innings, but none of them scored. Charlie Blackmon and Dickerson both produced doubles to start the first and second innings; Blackmon was stranded and Dickerson was thrown out trying to stretch his to a triple.

DJ LeMahieu reached on a leadoff walk in the third, but he was caught stealing before Chacin singled in the following at-bat. Blackmon then turned the lineup over by blasting a two-run shot down the first-base line to make it 2-0.

The Rockies added another run in the sixth on Justin Morneau's fourth career home run off Ervin Santana before erupting for five runs in the seventh. Charlie Culberson singled in Dickerson to get the rally going, and Santana (5-3) was pulled one batter later.

Although Chacin was sitting on just 85 pitches, Weiss elected to pinch-hit Ryan Wheeler for him as right-hander Jordan Walden took over with runners on second and third. Wheeler validated Weiss' aggressive move with a sacrifice fly, and Morneau tacked on two more with a single. The Rockies rounded out the big inning with Josh Rutledge scoring on a wild pitch during the next at-bat.

 

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