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Tuesday, June 10 (All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (33-29) at Colorado Rockies (29-34), 8:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Mike Minor (2-4, 3.07) Colorado - Juan Nicasio (5-4, 4.68)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves were able to scratch out just enough runs to beat the Colorado Rockies in Monday's opener of this four-game set.
That is a situation Braves hurler Mike Minor is used to pitching in and he'll try to halt his personal winless drought on Tuesday in the continuation of the series at Coors Field.
Minor is in the midst of a three-start winless streak despite a 2.21 earned run average over that time. His stretch began with a setback to Colorado on May 24, when he allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings. Minor yielded just four hits in the outing, but two were solo homers off the bat of Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki, dropping the left-hander to 3-1 lifetime with a 4.02 ERA versus Colorado.
Minor suffered a 2-0 loss on Wednesday versus Seattle despite giving up one run on five hits and three walks over seven innings. The 26-year-old also struck out 10, but the Braves notched one run or fewer for the fourth time in his seven starts.
"It's not a big deal for me," Minor said on his club's website. "Maybe a few years ago, it would have been harder for me to pitch out there without a lead. But I just feel like it's me against the batter, and I'm trying to win each of those battles."
Minor's second straight losing decision moved him to 2-4 on the year despite a 3.07 ERA.
Juan Nicasio looks to put some recent struggles behind him as he toes the rubber for the Rockies with a 5-4 record and 4.68 ERA on the year.
The 27-year-old righty gave up a season-high seven runs on 11 hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings last time out, losing to Arizona on Thursday.
Nicasio, though, did beat the Braves on May 24 with six scoreless frames of two-hit ball. He walked four, but still moved to 1-3 in his career against Atlanta with a 7.40 ERA in five meetings.
Atlanta went into last night's opener having lost four of five, but gutted out a 3-1 victory to get Gavin Floyd his first win since 2012.
Floyd, making his seventh start this season, gave up just one run on Corey Dickerson's homer. He lasted 6 2/3 innings and scattered two other hits and three walks to pick up his first victory since Oct. 3, 2012.
"I felt like I've been pitching real well, but it's nice to have that first (win)," Floyd said.
Chris Johnson aided Floyd's cause with a pair of RBI, including an RBI single in a two-run fourth inning off Rockies starter Christian Bergman.
Bergman was making his MLB debut and hurled six innings in taking the loss. He allowed five hits and two walks in total, but was undone by the fourth frame and a lack of offensive support.
"It was a thrill," Bergman said of his debut. "The only thing that could have made it better is if we came away with a win."
Victories have been hard to come by for Colorado, which fell to 1-6 on a 10- game homestand with its 14th loss in 17 games.
Things aren't getting better off the field either. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is set to undergo exploratory surgery on his ailing left index finger, while Michael Cuddyer is in line to miss the next 6-to-8 weeks because of a non- displaced fracture in his left shoulder.
The Braves also took two of three over the Rockies at home from May 23-25 and have won 16 of the last 19 meetings overall.
06/10 10:44:11 ET