National League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, May 23rd (All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (26-21) at Atlanta Braves (26-20), 7:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jordan Lyles (5-1, 3.50) Atlanta - Gavin Floyd (0-1, 2.41)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Rockies will take their NL West push to the east coast when they begin a nine-game road trip with the first of three straight games against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
The Rockies are scheduled to make stops in Philadelphia and Cleveland on this upcoming journey and posted a 2-2 tie with the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. Rain suspended play after six innings and the Rockies tied the game in the fifth inning when Nolan Arenado scored on Wilin Rosario's groundout.
Michael Cuddyer had three hits and an RBI, Arenado finished 2-for-2 and Jorge De La Rosa tossed three shutout innings of hitless ball.
"It was only the third inning -- that doesn't count," De La Rosa said of his hitless outing.
Tom Kahnle allowed two runs in the fourth and Nick Masset hurled three scoreless frames.
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is bothered by a swollen left middle finger and is day-to-day. CarGo has been bothered by finger and knee issues all season and is batting .276 with seven homers and 29 RBI.
The Rockies are 10-14 away from Coors Field, where they own a 16-7 mark.
Taking the mound for Colorado Friday will be Jordan Lyles and he hopes to bounce back from his first loss of the season. In Saturday's 8-5 loss to San Diego, Lyles lasted a season-low 3 1/3 innings and was tagged for six runs and five hits with six walks, a season-worst.
Lyles, a right-hander and first-year Rockie, fell to 5-1 in nine starts to go along with a 3.50 earned run average and has a 2-0 mark in five road starts. The Atlanta native faced the Braves for the only time in his career on June 11, 2011 as a member of Houston and did not receive a decision in 6 1/3 innings, charged with two runs and eight hits in a 6-3 loss.
Meanwhile, the National League East-leading Braves will resume their nine-game homestand and took three of four meetings with Milwaukee, including Thursday's 5-4 triumph in the series finale.
The Braves rallied for three runs in the seventh inning, as Gerald Laird doubled home Chris Johnson, who led off with a single, and scored with Dan Uggla on pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit's base hit to center field. Uggla reached on a one-out single for Atlanta, winners in four of the last five games after losing three straight.
The seventh inning took longer than usual when Atlanta won a challenge after Brewers second baseman Jeff Bianchi dove for a Jayson Heyward hit up the middle and backhanded the ball to the bag with his glove, apparently forcing Doumit out at second. Replays showed Segura wasn't on the bag.
"It was a long inning. It was weird," said Doumit. "I think you're going to see a lot of it (with the new replay rules this season). You can challenge anything."
B.J. Upton hit a solo homer and Johnson had three hits in the win. Braves starting pitcher Aaron Harang was touched for four runs in 5 1/3 frames in the no-decision and Alex Wood threw a scoreless inning of relief for the win.
Craig Kimbrel was lights-out in the ninth with three K's, picking up his 12th save of the season. Kimbrel needs three saves to tie John Smoltz's franchise record of 154. Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with an RBI and has hit safely in a season-best 10 straight games.
Atlanta, which is 16-9 at Turner Field and leads the majors with a 2.86 ERA, will send Gavin Floyd against the Rockies for his fourth start in a Braves uniform. Floyd is 0-1 with a 2.41 ERA so far and did not factor in the outcome of Sunday's 6-5 win at St. Louis, as he gave up four runs, one of which was earned, and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Floyd has allowed at least six hits in every assignment this season and is 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA in three career starts against Colorado.
The Braves won six of seven games against the Rockies a season ago and swept a four-game set at Turner Field from July 29 - Aug. 1. Colorado has lost six in a row in Atlanta.
05/23 10:43:32 ET