DENVER: The Braves had a 1-0 lead through five innings Friday night (Saturday in Manila) against the Rockies, but soon after Julio Teheran left, trouble arrived.
Teheran left with none out in the fifth inning with tightness in the latissimus dorsi muscles in the right side of his back, and the Rockies used a pair of two-run homers in the sixth to forge a 4-3 win at Coors Field, their 12th in their past 14 games against the Braves.
Jace Peterson’s two-run homer in the eighth inning off reliever Jason Motte cut the lead to 4-3, and the Braves loaded the bases with one out in the ninth before Chase d’Arnaud popped out to the shortstop and Peterson struck out to end the game. The Braves failed to score after getting runners at second and third with one out.
It was their 11th loss in the past 16 games and their fourth loss through the first five games of a nine-game trip.
After Braves reliever Joel De La Cruz walked DJ LeMahieu to start the sixth inning, Noland Arenado’s long two-run homer gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead. De La Cruz was replaced by left-hander Dario Alvarez, who promptly gave up a single to Carlos Gonzalez before Trevor Story’s two-run homer pushed the lead to 4-3.
Arenado and Story lead the Rockies with 24 home runs apiece, and Gonzalez hit his 20th homer in Thursday’s series opener, a three-run shot that broke a scoreless tie and sent the Rockies to 7-3 win.
Teheran’s pickoff at second base saved a run in the first inning when Arenado followed with a two-out triple. Teheran induced an inning-ending ground out from Gonzalez to preserve a 1-0 lead.
The Braves scored in the first inning when Freddie Freeman hit a triple that was dropped by left fielder Ryan Raburn after a difficult catch attempt on the warning track. Nick Markakis followed with an infield single to score Freeman.
Reynolds led off the fifth inning with a dribbler of a single that went past the right side of the mound, and Teheran scrambled from his follow-through — which takes him off the left side of the mound — to attempt to field it. He left the game after head trainer Jeff Porter came out to see how he felt and had Teheran test it with one warm-up pitch.
It appeared that Teheran might have tweaked his back initially on a swing during his strikeout in the top of the inning.
Freeman and catcher Anthony Recker had two hits apiece for the Braves. After Recker’s one-out single in the seventh, Erick Aybar grounded into a double play as the veteran shortstop’s season-long struggles continued. Aybar is 5-for-42 (.119) with five double plays grounded into and six errors committed in his past 13 games.
With runners on second and third and one out in the ninth, Aybar walked to load the bases and bring up d’Arnaud.