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Braves edge Rockies in 11 innings

11:02 PM, May 4, 2012   |    comments
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Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Eric Hinske put on a hitting clinic Friday at Coors Field.

The burly slugger racked up four hits, including the go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning as the Atlanta Braves topped the Colorado Rockies, 9-8, in the opener of a three-game series.

Hinske finished with three RBI, while Freddie Freeman added a two-run shot among his four hits, Brian McCann contributed a two-run single and Chipper Jones went 3-for-5 with a solo shot and three runs scored for the Braves, who dropped 2-of-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the week.

Chad Durbin (2-0) tossed a scoreless 10th inning to pick up the win and Craig Kimbrel gave up a run in the 11th, but nailed down his ninth save of the season.

Jonathan Herrera ripped a solo homer among his two hits, while Todd Helton finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. Dexter Fowler added a two-run single for the Rockies, who have dropped two of their last three.

Edgmer Escalona (0-1) was saddled with the loss after giving up Hinske's homer.

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