Lowe, Braves Down Rockies, Within 2.5 Of Phils

Derek Lowe and the Braves beat the Rockies 7-4 for the 5th straight time time this year.

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Lowe pitched a good game to win, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits, for only his 6th win of the season. He's 6-7 on the year.

Freddie Freeman continued his clutch hitting with a 2-run bomb in the 3rd inning. Jason Hammel (left) went 5 innings giving up 6 runs (4 ER) on 8 hits.

Braves Rookie Closer Craig Kimbrel continued his dominance this year with his 29th save of the season.

The Braves moved within 2.5 games of the Phillies after Roy Halladay left in the 4th inning against the Chicago Cubs with Heat Exhaustion after giving up 3 runs in 4 innings. The Cubs won 6-1 at Wrigley Field.

The Braves were 2.5 games out of the first place Phillies when they started their three game series against the Phils before the All-Star Break. The Phillies took 2 out of 3 from the Braves, leaving them at 3.5 back. If the Braves Sweep the last three games of the series and the Phillies get swept in the remaining two games of their series, the Braves and Phillies would be tied for first place in the NL East.

Dan Uggla kept his hitting streak alive with a 1-5 performance, keeping his average at .189, and moving his hitting streak to 7 straight games.

The Ugglometer: .189. No movement from yesterday, but Dan's hitting streak is up to 7 in a row!

Tomorrow the Braves' Brandon Beachy (3-1 3.21 ERA) takes on the Rockies' former All-Star Ubaldo Jimenez  (5-8 4.08 ERA). First pitch at 8:40 p.m. at Coors Field.

Catch the action on MLB.TV (www.mlb.com), or if you're in the Colorado-Atlanta areas, your local cable provider will have the game.

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