Gattis hits 2 HRs; Braves roll past Rockies 7-0

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ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves’ big bear is healthy.

That was bad news for Colorado’s Franklin Morales.

After sitting out most of the week with an illness, Evan Gattis homered twice to support Julio Teheran’s six scoreless innings and Atlanta beat the Rockies 7-0 on Sunday.

Gattis was given the nickname “El Oso Blanco” - Spanish for “The White Bear” - as a rookie in 2013, when he hit 21 homers. He is on pace for a bigger year as he has replaced Brian McCann as the team’s primary catcher.

Gattis (6 foot 4, 260 pounds) drove in three runs with the two homers, giving him 10.

“He’s a big, strong boy,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Justin Upton and Chris Johnson added two-run homers for the NL East-leading Braves, who have won six of eight.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the game in the eighth inning. He appeared to limp slightly while walking slowly off the field, accompanied by a trainer. He said he avoided an injury when he hit his left foot on his backswing.

“I think I’m all right,” Tulowitzki said.

Gattis missed four games with viral symptoms. He returned with no hits and a walk in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Rockies before hitting a homer in the second and a two-run shot in the fourth off Franklin Morales (3-4) on Sunday.

“I’ve got my strength back - or lucky,” Gattis said.

Teheran (4-3) began the day fourth in the NL in ERA. He lowered his average from 1.92 to 1.77 with six scoreless innings. He had seven strikeouts while allowing only four hits.

It was the second straight dominant win for Teheran, who was coming off his second shutout of the season, a 5-0 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday.

After throwing a career-high 128 pitches against the Brewers, Gonzalez limited the right-hander to 93 pitches on Sunday.

“That worked out great,” Gonzalez said.

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