Floyd pitches Braves past Rock­ies 3-1

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

DENVER (AP) — Pitch­ing well since com­ing back last month from re­con­struc­tive surgery on his right el­bow, Gavin Floyd ce­mented his re­turn with the only miss­ing el­e­ment — a win.

Floyd pitched ef­fec­tively into the sev­enth in­ning for his first win in more than two years, leading the At­lanta Braves past the Colorado Rock­ies 3-1 on Mon­day night.

“Even though I’ve felt good and felt like I’ve been pitch­ing re­ally well, it’s nice to get that first one,” said Floyd (1-2), who al­lowed only one earned run for the third time in his seven starts. “I felt like I mixed up all my pitches and kept them off bal­ance.”

He even threw man­ager Fredi Gon­za­lez for a loop when he asked him for the lineup card af­ter the game as a keep­sake. Gon­za­lez said he didn’t re­al­ize at first that it was his first win as a Brave and his first since un­der­go­ing Tommy John surgery.

“I thought he was 3-0, 4-0, that’s how well he’s pitched,” Gon­za­lez said. “But it’s his first win in two years. Good for him. It was a great out­ing.”

Floyd, who was limited to five starts last sea­son while with the Chicago White Sox be­cause of the el­bow in­jury, al­lowed one run and three hits in 6 2-3 in­nings in pick­ing up his first vic­tory since beat­ing Cleve­land on Oct. 3, 2012. Signed by At­lanta as a free agent last De­cem­ber, Floyd snapped a ca­reer-long six-game los­ing streak­ing dat­ing to April 2013.

“Just for a keep­sake,” Floyd said of his re­quest for the lineup card, which Gon­za­lez hon­ored. “It’s a new chap­ter with this team and it’s ex­cit­ing to me, the first win com­ing back from Tommy John. I’m just thank­ful and hope­fully get on a roll.”

Chris John­son had three hits, in­clud­ing two RBI sin­gles, to help the Braves beat the Rock­ies for the 15th time in 18 games since 2012. Evan Gat­tis had an RBI ground­out and sin­gled to ex­tend his hit­ting streak to a ca­reer-best 10 games.

“It’s nice to get back and get in that big part of the field and stay up the mid­dle and have my bat be short to the ball,” John­son said. “It was good to give Gavin that cush­ion be­cause that’s all he needed.” Craig Kim­brel got three outs for his 17th save in 20 chances. Chris­tian Bergman, called up ear­lier Mon­day from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill in for the in­jured Jordan Lyles (bro­ken left hand), al­lowed two runs and five hits in six in­nings in his ma­jor league de­but. Orig­i­nally a 24th-round draft pick out of the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Irvine in 2010, Bergman (0-1) struck out four and walked two in a solid out­ing that in­cluded sin­gling in the third for his first ma­jor league hit.

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