x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

MLB: Back to back home runs for Upton brothers as Atlanta brave temperatures to beat Colorado

Justin and BJ Upton became only the second siblings in major league history to hit back to back home runs the Braves ran out 10-2 winners in sub-zero temperatures.

Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton is greeted by third base coach Brian Snitker after his home run against Colorado Rockies.
Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton is greeted by third base coach Brian Snitker after his home run against Colorado Rockies.

Brothers BJ and Justin Upton hit back-to-back homers as the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 10-2 to complete a sweep of their double-header on a cold day in Denver.

The siblings become only the second in major league history to score back-to-back home runs as they braved -5C temperatures to guide the Braves to victory.

"It's always cool when you can see him have success before you and then you go up and do the same thing," said Justin Upton, acquired as part of a seven-player trade with Arizona in January.

"It was definitely cool for us to tack on those runs when we needed them. That was nice."

Justin had homered in game one to help the Braves to a 4-3 win, then repeated the feat in game two, immediately after his brother had also gone yard off Jon Garland, for his MLB-leading 11th homer.

It was the third time this season the pair have both homered, but the first time they have done it back to back.

Fredi Gonzalez, the Atlanta manager, said the Uptons were displaying the kind of 1-2 punch that the Braves were hoping for when they acquired them.

"It makes your line-up a lot better when you've got B.J. going and you've got Justin, too," Gonzalez said.

"For me, Justin is your No. 3 hitter and it doesn't matter who is on the mound that night."

Bartolo Colon pitched seven scoreless innings as the Oakland Athletics routed the Boston Red Sox 13-0.

Seth Smith began the assault with a two-run homer, while Brandon Moss had three hits, two runs and drove in a pair as the Oaklands chased Alfredo Aceves from the game in 3 1/3 innings.

The game was played with steady rain falling throughout and was called after seven innings.

Ichiro Suzuki's two-run single in the ninth helped the New York Yankees to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles were 4-3 winners over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Adam Wainwright hurled 8 1/3 shutout innings to lift the St Louis Cardinals to a 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals.

Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran drove in the runs for the Cardinals, while Edward Mujica registered the save.

Darwin Barney homered in the 10th after Carlos Marmol blew a asave and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2.

Jeff Locke shut down Philadelphia for six innings, allowing just two hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Phillies 2-0.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were 7-2 winners over the New York Mets

Minnesota and Miami split their double-header, the Twins winning game one 4-3 and the Marlins gaining revenge with an 8-5 victory in the evening game.

The Seattle Mariners were 3-2 winners over the Houston Astros and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 6-3, while in two games that went to 11 innings the Los Angeles Angels edged out the Texas Rangers 5-4 and the Arizona Diamondbacks overcame the San Francisco Giants 6-4.


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