Lowe leads Braves past Rockies, 5-3

ATLANTA (AP) - Freddie Freeman's third homer in two games gave Atlanta the early lead, Derek Lowe hit a three-run double and the Braves beat the short-handed Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Freeman, who had two homers in Atlanta's 4-1 win in Monday's series opener, hit his 12th homer to center field off Jhoulys Chacin in the second inning. Lowe (5-6) gave up three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings and pushed the lead to 4-0 with his bases-loaded double in the fourth.

Lowe's hit drove in Chipper Jones, who doubled, and Dan Uggla and Nate McLouth, who both walked. Uggla added his 13th homer in the sixth.

The Rockies outhit the Braves 9-7 but had no extra-base hits as Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki were held out with injuries.

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