ATLANTA – Chase d’Arnaud came through in dramatic fashion to make sure that the Atlanta Braves weren’t swept in a series at home by the Colorado Rockies for the first time since 1997.
D’Arnaud delivered an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Braves a 1-0, walk-off victory on a sweltering Sunday at Turner Field.
Ender Inciarte singled leading off the Braves’ ninth against Gonzalez German and moved up on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. Then Jace Peterson drew a two-out walk to set the stage for d’Arnaud.
German (2-1) got a quick strike, but then d’Arnaud connected with a fastball and lined the winning hit into left field. It was d’Arnaud’s third hit of the game.
Jim Johnson (2-6) got credit for the victory after inducing a double play to kill a threat by the Rockies in the top of the ninth.
For seven innings, the game had been a brilliant pitching duel by starters Julio Teheran of the Braves and Jon Gray of the Rockies.
Teheran, the Braves’ All-Star Game representative, remained winless at home this season as he was again the victim of no run support.
Teheran, who is 3-8, allowed three hits and one walk over seven innings, striking out five while lowering his season ERA to 2.79.
Gray matched Teheran pitch for pitch, allowing five hits over his seven scoreless innings. The rookie right-hander struck out eight and walked three, one intentionally.
The Braves put eight men on base in the first four innings against Gray, but they lined into a double play and left seven stranded while going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Gray had retired 10 straight batters before hitting Anthony Recker with one out in the seventh. Peterson walked an out later, but Gray struck out d’Arnaud on his 115th pitch.
Teheran retired the first seven Rookies before Tony Wolters singled. After a sacrifice bunt, Charlie Blackmon struck out to end the third inning.
Blackmon singled with two outs in the sixth for Colorado’s second hit and moved up on a wild pitch before Teheran got DJ LeMahieu to bounce out.
Teheran rose to the occasion again in the seventh inning after Daniel Descalso doubled with two outs and Cristhian Adames walked, getting Brandon Barnes to bounce out on his 101st pitch.
NOTES: Rockies SS Trevor Story, who leads all rookies in homers (21) and RBIs (57), was out of the starting lineup for a day of rest. INF Cristhian Adames received the start in Story’s place. … The Braves’ eight wild pitches n the first two games against the Rockies were a franchise record for a series. … Braves INF/OF Chase d’Arnaud, who started at shortstop in the series finale, staged a postgame concert with his band after Atlanta’s 4-3 loss on Saturday. … The Rockies return to Denver to face Tampa Bay in a three-game interleague series, which starts on Monday. Rookie LHP Tyler Anderson (1-3, 3.03 ERA) will pitch in the opener. … The Braves begin a three-game series Monday at Cincinnati, with RHP Matt Wisler (4-8. 4.77 ERA) getting the start. … The Rockies and Braves play four games in Denver starting Thursday.