Every game is important for the Atlanta Braves right now. As it stands, the Braves hold a 2.5-game lead on the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. That’s why Wednesday’s loss stings so much. After holding a nine-run lead over the Colorado Rockies, the Braves fell asleep. The Rockies stormed back to win by a final count of 12-10.
How did it happen?
Following a two-run homer by Omar Infante in the third inning, the Braves were up 10-1. But then the Rockies got rolling. Ian Stewart started it off with a sac fly in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Dexter Fowler hit a triple with two players on base — and then scored on an error. With the score 10-5, Sean Smith made it 10-6 with an RBI double in the sixth. Later in the same inning, Ryan Spilborghs hit a two-run double to make it 10-8.
To tie the game, Carlos Gonzalez hit a single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. Troy Tulowitzki gave the Rockies the lead with a single and then Todd Helton added an insurance run with another single in the eighth.
… and that’s all she wrote for the Braves and their nine-run lead.