Atlanta Braves' Chase d'Arnaud (23) is chased by Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters (14) as he runs to first base after a dropped third strike in the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Atlanta. d'Arnaud was out at first. (AP Ph
John Bazemore
July 17, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) Braves ace Julio Teheran doesn't mind missing out on a winning decision when Atlanta squeaks out a rare home victory.

''Whenever I go out there, I just try to do my job and give the team a chance to win, just concentrate on that,'' he said. ''If I get the win I'm happy with that, and if I don't get the win and the team still wins, I'm happy with that.''

Chase d'Arnaud singled with two outs in the ninth inning off Gonzalez Germen and Atlanta beat the Colorado Rockies 1-0 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

The Braves are just 14-36 at Turner Field and have baseball's worst overall record, but they snapped a four-game skid to Colorado.

Following dominant outings through the seventh by Teheran and Rockies starter Jon Gray, the Braves used four relievers and the Rockies one before Germen (2-1) gave up Ender Inciarte's leadoff single in the ninth.

Anthony Recker bunted over Inciarte, who advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on d'Arnaud's liner to left field.

Teheran scattered three hits, walked one and struck out five. Pitching for the majors' weakest offense, the two-time All-Star remained winless with a 2.90 ERA in 11 home starts.

Teheran didn't allow a baserunner until Tony Wolters singled in the fourth. That was all Colorado could muster until Charlie Blackmon singled with two outs in the sixth.

Daniel Delscaso was the third Rockie to get into scoring position with a double in the seventh. Cristhian Adames, the next batter, drew a four-pitch walk before Brandon Barnes grounded out.

Conditions were tough with a 102-degree heat index.

''It was getting me at the end, but I was really focused in the game to give my team a chance to win,'' Teheran said. ''I'm just happy the way we finished.''

Jim Johnson (2-5) gave up one walk in two-thirds of an inning to get the win.

Gray, who allowed five hits and three walks in a career-high 115 pitches, stranded two runners in the seventh with his fifth strikeout. The rookie has a 3.11 ERA and 64 strikeouts in his last 10 games.

''The first couple of innings I was kind of trying to find my groove, but then I got going,'' Gray said. ''It was fun (going against Teheran). I was glad to keep us in the game.''

D'Arnaud went 3 for 5 with three singles. He credited Jace Peterson with drawing a walk to set up his at-bat.

''I swung right through the first pitch, a change-up,'' d'Arnaud said. ''I was early, so I had to make an adjustment from there. I wanted to shorten my swing up. I think because I was taking my time loading, I was able to react a little quicker with the fastball inside and square it up.''

TOUGH WEEKEND

Braves 1B Freddie Freeman, who had a cancerous mole removed from his upper back earlier in the week, struck out four times, stranded three runners and went 0 for 11 in series.

IN THE DIRT AGAIN

Teheran's wild pitch in the sixth was the Braves' ninth in the series. Atlanta leads the majors with 52 wild pitches.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves RHP Shae Simmons, sidelined by Tommy John surgery the last 1 1/2 years, will throw a simulated game on Monday.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (1-3) won on July 9 for the first time in six starts. He will face Tampa Bay for the first time.

Braves: RHP Matt Wisler (4-8) is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in one career start against Cincinnati.

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This story has been corrected to show the last name of the Rockies catcher is Wolters, not Walters.

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