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The Atlanta Braves seem to enjoy visiting Coors Field.

The same can’t be said for Tim Hudson.

The Braves will try to continue pounding Colorado Rockies

pitching and win a seven straight in Denver by completing a sweep

of this three-game set Wednesday.

Atlanta (15-5) is batting .326 with 16 homers and 52 runs while

winning six games in a row at Colorado.

The Braves continued to batter the Rockies (13-7) on Tuesday,

connecting for three homers in a 4-3 win before hitting three more

in a 10-2 victory to complete a doubleheader sweep.

Their 35 homers are seven more than any other team, with

Colorado and the Yankees the closest competition at 28 apiece.

“This Atlanta team, you have to try to keep them in the yard. We

had a tough time doing that (Tuesday),” Rockies manager Walt Weiss

said. “Six homers in two games. That is what they do if it’s for a

strike and they are locked in.”

While the offense seems to enjoy the Mile High City, Hudson

(2-1, 4.50 ERA) surely doesn’t.

The right-hander is 0-2 with an 8.04 ERA in five starts there

compared to winning all five of his home starts against Colorado

behind a 1.49 ERA.

Getting his first win at Coors Field would also give him No. 200

for his career. He failed in his first attempt at the milestone

Friday, getting tagged for a season-high six runs and nine hits in

four-plus innings of a 6-0 loss at Pittsburgh.

Hudson had won his previous two outings with a 1.32 ERA.

He may get some help at the plate from Justin and B.J. Upton,

who became the second set of brothers to homer in consecutive

at-bats. Lloyd and Paul Waner of the Pirates did it on Sept. 15,


“It makes your lineup a lot better when you’ve got B.J. going

and you’ve got Justin, too,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “For me,

Justin is your No. 3 hitter and it doesn’t matter who is on the

mound that night.”

Justin Upton leads the majors with 11 homers while batting .307

with 16 RBIs. The left fielder had a double and two homers in

Tuesday’s doubleheader.

He’s also thrived at Coors, hitting .329 in 20 visits since


Perhaps B.J.’s nightcap homer will get him going. It was the

elder Upton’s only hit in nine at-bats Tuesday, and he’s hitting

.160 with 26 strikeouts in 75 at-bats.

The Rockies’ three-game skid matches their longest of the

season, and their rotation has a 7.53 ERA during this slide.

Tyler Chatwood will try to improve on that as he’s expected to

be recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace Jhoulys

Chacin, who is on the disabled list with a back strain.

Chatwood went 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 14 2-3

innings over three starts in the minors. The right-hander was 5-6

with a 5.43 ERA and one save in 19 games – 12 starts – with

Colorado last year.

“He’s had some good outings here lately,” Weiss told the team’s

official website. “He’s a power arm. He’s got good stuff. He’s been

throwing strikes down there. We look for him to give us a chance to


Chatwood is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts versus the Braves.

He was pulled after three innings of the most recent outing Sept.

3, surrendering six runs with five walks in a 6-1 road loss.

Todd Helton may be back in the lineup after a forearm injury

sidelined him for four games. The first baseman is 12 for 18 with

five doubles and a homer versus Hudson.