DENVER — With the Atlanta Braves on a tear at the plate, Brandon Beachy had no worries at all about getting some run support.
Buoyed by his hot-hitting teammates and the confidence to go right after the opposition, Beachy pitched effectively into the seventh inning to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer and Dan Uggla homered, singled and drove in two runs for the Braves, who have gone a major league-best 18-7 since April 10.
“Watching these guys swing the bat for the last three days is pretty reassuring for the pitching staff,” Beachy said after the Braves outscored the Rockies 29-19 in sweeping Colorado at Coors Field for the first time since Aug. 22-24, 2003.
“I can’t say enough about the way we played defense, too,” Beachy added. “I can throw some pitches over the plate when I’m behind in the count and let them take their whacks and if it stays in the yard, they’ve got a pretty good chance of running it down out there. I just was feeling really good today, getting ahead of guys.”
Beachy (3-1) allowed two runs and four hits in 6⅓ innings.
He struck out five, walked three and retired 14 consecutive batters during one stretch, helping to drop the Rockies to 3-6 during their nine-game homestand.
“He took advantage of them getting a lead, and he did what we didn’t do from a starting pitching standpoint in the first two games of the series,” said Rockies manager Jim Tracy, whose team blew leads of six and five runs in their first two losses in the series.
After giving up a single to Ramon Hernandez with one out in the second, Beachy did not permit another runner until Troy Tulowitzki singled to start the seventh. An out later, Michael Cuddyer hit an RBI single.
Hernandez singled and Dexter Fowler walked to load the bases and finish Beachy, who was relieved by Cristhian Martinez.
The Rockies added a run on a grounder by former North Augusta standout Tyler Colvin before Martinez retired Marco Scutaro on a groundout. Martinez didn’t allow a run over the final 2⅔ innings to pick up his first career save.
Rockies starter Juan Nicasio (2-1) matched a career high by allowing six runs and eight hits in five innings.