published Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Freeman helps Braves to sweep of Rockies

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, his fourth of the series, and the Atlanta Braves beat Colorado 6-3 Thursday to complete their first four-game sweep of the Rockies in 18 years.

Jason Heyward also homered for the streaking Braves, who have won nine of 10 and 14 of 17 as they head into a series with NL East-leading Philadelphia.

Freeman, the rookie first baseman, hit four homers and drove in seven runs in the series. His third-inning homer was the highlight of a five-run inning that knocked Juan Nicasio (3-2) out of the game. Nicasio gave up six straight hits in the inning.

Colorado has lost five straight and left Atlanta with more injury woes.

The depleted Rockies had outfielder Charlie Blackmon break a bone in his left foot while running the bases in the third inning.

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