Going into the sixth inning, the score was tied at 0-0 and it looked like the Rockies may waste another good performance from a starter by not giving them any offense. Chad Bettis had been dominating, but so had Mike Foltynewicz and the game was just waiting for someone to earn the key hit. As he has done so many times in his career, Carlos Gonzalez was the one to break through and give the Rockies the runs that they and Bettis needed.
Chad Bettis had one of his best starts of the year and it earned him and the Rockies a well deserved win. Bettis was able to pretty much cruise through the first six innings with the only real threats coming in the second and fourth, but he kept the Braves off the board and kept the game tied.
The tension would finally break in the bottom of the sixth and after having a great start, Foltynewiz would give up the runs that would lose him the game. A leadoff walk to start the inning and a single by DJ LeMahieu put two on for Cargo. On a 1-1 count Cargo launched a ball into the bullpen at 114 mph for a three run home run. It gave the Rockies the lead and although they would need some more runs for later in the game, it broke the tie and pushed the momentum in their favor.
The Braves would score their first run in the next inning, but Bettis kept it to one run until he was removed with two outs. Adam Ottavino came on to finish the inning for Colorado and the Rockies were in business.
The next inning saw Mark Reynolds hit the second longest home run of the year, a pinch hit shot to deep left center. That would be the eventual winning run in a 7-3 game. The Rockies would score three more runs in the eighth inning from a two run Nick Hundley single and an RBI double by Tony Wolters.
The Braves came back to make it a little bit closer in the ninth by scoring two runs themselves, but Carlos Estevez came on with two outs to finish the game and end the threat. It was a good win for the Rockies who finally got some offense after struggling against the Rays. It also builds momentum for a team they should be able to sweep.
The pitchers matchup of the series will come on Friday with Julio Teheran and Jon Gray taking the mound. Both pitchers are the young aces of their staff and this game could be more of the same as Thursday. Whatever team can break through first will most likely win and if Jon Gray can avoid his early inning struggles, this game can go the Rockies way.