DENVER (AP) — Matt Olson hit a three-run homer, Ronald Acuña Jr. had a solo shot among his four hits and the Atlanta Braves moved above .500 for the first time since the season’s opening week by holding off the Colorado Rockies 8-7 on Sunday.
Ozzie Albies added a two-run single and Adam Duvall doubled and tripled for the Braves (28-27), who completed a four-game sweep and won their season-high fifth straight. They last had a winning record when they were 2-1 on April 9.
“I think everybody in here knows the talent that’s in here and the type of team that we have with everything that was accomplished last year” Olson said of the defending World Series champions. “It feels like we’re starting to get on that roll.”
Ryan Feltner (1-2) allowed six runs and seven hits over three innings in the Rockies’ fourth straight loss. Brendan Rodgers homered, doubled, singled and drove in three. Brian Serven and Charlie Blackmon homered for Colorado, which has dropped 20 of 27 since starting 16-11.
Rockies manager Bud Black said Feltner would stay with the team as the sixth starter with another doubleheader coming this week.
“He’s got to reel it in to be around the strike zone,” Black said. “You can’t just pop one up and miss one by two feet. You can’t do that in the big leagues.”
The Rockies got within 8-7 on Blackmon’s solo homer off Kenley Jansen in the ninth. Pinch-hitter C.J. Cron doubled with two outs, but Sam Hilliard grounded to first and Olson dove to tag the bag just ahead of the runner to give Jansen his 14th save.
“I wasn’t 100% sure if he was going to beat Kenley to the bag, so I thought I had a better chance of getting there myself,” Olson said. “Glad I didn’t take out any knees or anything.”
Olson belted Feltner’s fastball 441 feet to center in the second inning for his…