DENVER (AP) — The sight of the Colorado Rockies wearing forest green uniforms wasn’t nearly as out-of-the-ordinary as this — a second straight low-scoring, extra-inning game at Coors Field.
Or this: A second straight clinic on how to pitch at the hitter-friendly park from the Atlanta staff.
Adam Duvall capped a four-run 11th inning with a two-run homer and the Braves spoiled the debut of Colorado’s new — and very green — “City Connect” uniforms by beating the Rockies 6-2 on Saturday night.
But it was the arms of Atlanta that stole the show — again. After holding the Rockies to three hits during a 3-1 win in 10 innings on Friday — it was 0-0 going into extra — they limited Colorado’s bats to just three hits again Saturday.
It’s the first time the Rockies been held to three hits or less in back-to-back games at Coors Field in franchise history.
“Phenomenal job,” Braves third baseman Austin Riley said of his pitchers. “Can’t say enough.”
Or enough about the clutch hitting late in the game. Marcell Ozuna and William Contreras each lined a two-out, run-scoring double off Jhoulys Chacín (3-2) in the 11th to set the stage for Duvall.
Duvall’s blast finished a sensational all-around night for the Braves. Starter Spencer Strider and six relievers baffled the Rockies, with A.J. Minter (2-0) earning the win and Jackson Stephens closing it out the 11th.
“Everyone kind of builds it up to what it is,” Minter said of Coors Field. “You’ve got to give credit to this bullpen for just going out there and staying within themselves and not doing anything special.”
This was only the fifth time a game at Coors has gone into extra innings tied at 1-1, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
“That was a good game — all the way through,” Riley…