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RHP Juan Nicasio (6-5) had his worst start of the season on Tuesday at Turner Field. He pitched only four innings, his second-shortest stint of the year, and allowed a career-worst eight earned runs on 10 hits, two home runs and three walks. Nicasio had allowed only one run over his last 19 innings since being recalled.
2B Nolan Arenado hit his ninth home run of the season deep into the left-field seats. It was the third time this season the rookie has homered in back-to-back games. He tied a career high by getting an RBI in his third straight game.
RHP Chad Bettis was recalled from Double-A Tulsa and may be the starting pitcher in the final game of the series in Atlanta on Thursday. Bettis, the team's second-round draft pick in 2010, missed the entire 2012 season with a right shoulder injury. He was 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 12 starts for Tulsa. In 63 innings, Bettis had 68 strikeouts and 13 walks, with nine home runs. He missed nearly two months with an oblique strain but has five straight games with at least six strikeouts since his return.
LHP Jeff Francis made only the second relief appearance of his career Tuesday and was charged with two earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. Francis made 13 starts before being optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he pitched in nine games, including six starts. He was needed to work long relief on Tuesday after starter Juan Nicasio was able to work just four innings. "He did a nice job. I though he threw the ball well," manager Walt Weiss said.
OF Michael Cuddyer picked up his 28th multi-hit game of the season when he went 2-for-4 on Tuesday. He's 5-for-15 with five runs and four RBI over the last four games. Cuddyer was thrown out at the plate in the seventh inning when he tried to score from first base on Wilin Rosario's double to center field.
OF Dexter Fowler scored the first run of the game after drawing a leadoff walk, but he three other at-bats. The Atlanta native has not hit well in his hometown; he's only 10-for-54 (.185) in games at Turner Field.
RHP Tyler Chatwood (7-3, 2.48) has won three of his last four starts and is coming off a career-best 11 strikeouts against Milwaukee. He is 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in July, which included his first career complete game, against the Dodgers. Chatwood is 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in three career starts against Atlanta. He has one start against the Braves this year (April 24) and received no decision after allowing five runs in six innings at Colorado.