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Atlanta at Colorado

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Rockies 7, Braves 6

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- The ballpark. The bullpen. The Braves.

Nothing about the way Monday night's game at Coors Field was shaping up made it feel like the Colorado Rockies could hold onto the 7-6 lead they grabbed in the fourth inning.

Starter Jamey Wright and three Colorado relievers wrote an unusual -- and successful -- ending to this story, though. They shut out Atlanta for the final five innings to make that precarious 7-6 lead stand up and help the Rockies win consecutive games for only the third time this year.

"I can't remember getting too many wins when I've come out of the game with a one-run lead in the sixth," Wright said. "That usually doesn't happen."

It did this time, thanks to the two-hit ball thrown by Jose Acevedo, Brian Fuentes and Chin-Hui Tsao over the final 3 2/3 innings. Tsao needed just nine pitches -- seven strikes -- to work a perfect ninth and get his third save in as many tries.

The two setup men didn't get in much trouble, either, and Colorado, which improved to 8-21 this season, remained with only seven blown saves.

"I'm sure there were doubters in the stands that didn't think we would hold a lead," Fuentes said.

In the dugout, too.

"I don't think there was anybody in the ballpark that thought it would finish 7-6 after the fourth," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "I didn't."

Todd Helton hit two run-scoring doubles to continue his climb out of an early season slump. He is 13-for-38 with seven RBI over the last 10 games.

Brad Hawpe had a two-run single in the fourth off Tim Hudson (3-2) to give Colorado its 7-6 lead. By that time, the game was nearly two hours old and most everyone was hunkering down for a long evening.

But Wright (2-2) pitched a scoreless fifth and got the first out of the sixth. Then, the bullpen took over. Asked if it was the relievers' best performance of the season, Hurdle replied simply, "You can look it up. Yes."

Atlanta's bullpen also was strong. John Foster, Adam Bernero and Jorge Sosa allowed just two hits and no runs over 4 1/3 innings.

"It's really odd," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We got shut out for five innings. That doesn't happen often here."

By stopping Atlanta's five-game winning streak, the worst team in the major leagues strung together wins for only the third time this season -- these two coming after a 10-game losing streak, the third longest in franchise history.

Wright allowed 10 hits, four walks and six runs over 5 1/3 innings to get his first win at Coors Field this season. He lowered his home ERA to 12.64 in three starts.

Aaron Miles had four hits and an RBI and scored three runs for Colorado.

Adam LaRoche had three hits and three RBI, including a home run that reached the third deck in right field, an estimated 464 feet.

That homer made it 4-3 and the next batter, Andruw Jones, hit a hard shot off the wall in right-center. Second base umpire Tim McClelland ruled it a home run, but the ball hit well below the yellow stripe and the other members of the crew overruled McClelland and awarded Jones a double.

Two batters later, with runners on first and third, Johnny Estrada hit a potential double play ball to Miles, but he booted it, allowing Jones to score and tie the game at 4.

Hudson lasted only 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing this season. He didn't get hit particularly hard, but still allowed 10 hits, seven runs and three walks in his first outing at Coors Field.

"I was just not making real good pitches tonight," he said. "I have to make better pitches and I could get the ball hit on the ground instead of all the bloop hits that they got. That is what kills you around here, is the bloop hits."

Notes

LaRoche's homer was the 25th hit into the top level at Coors Field since the stadium opened in 1995. ... The Rockies will scratch Joe Kennedy from his scheduled start Wednesday and put Byung-Hyum Kim in his place. It will be Kim's first start since May 10, 2004, when he was with Boston. Kennedy hurt his foot trying to stop a ground ball in his last start.
 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Atlanta

A. LaRoche
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS5021001 .254
Marcus Giles, 2B4110103 .302
Chipper Jones, 3B3110200 .348
Adam LaRoche, 1B5133013 .270
Andruw Jones, CF4110004 .272
Brian Jordan, LF4120003 .255
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
   a- Julio Franco, PH1000010 .267
Johnny Estrada, C5112000 .225
Raul Mondesi, RF5010012 .202
Tim Hudson, P2000021 .125
    John Foster, P0000000 .000
   b- Pete Orr, PH0000100 .333
    Adam Bernero, P0000000 .000
   c- Ryan Langerhans, PH-LF1000001 .231
Totals3961264518 
a-struck out for Sosa in the 9th
b-walked for Foster in the 5th
c-grounded out for Bernero in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (11, Wright), Adam LaRoche (8, Wright), Andruw Jones (7, Wright), Johnny Estrada (8, Wright), Raul Mondesi (5, Acevedo)
HR - Adam LaRoche (4, Wright)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (14), Adam LaRoche 3 (22), Johnny Estrada 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (4), Adam LaRoche 2 (14)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Chipper Jones (2, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (L,3-2) 3.21077330 3.40
John Foster 0.1000000 0.00
Adam Bernero 2100020 2.65
Jorge Sosa 2100010 2.77
IBB - Helton by Tim Hudson
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 88-56, John Foster 2-2, Adam Bernero 28-20, Jorge Sosa 20-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 5-3, Adam Bernero 2-3, Jorge Sosa 2-3
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 24, John Foster 1, Adam Bernero 8, Jorge Sosa 7
Colorado Rockies
Clint Barmes, SS5110000 .395
Aaron Miles, 2B5341001 .307
Todd Helton, 1B4122111 .299
Preston Wilson, CF4110115 .225
Bradley Hawpe, RF4023001 .351
Garrett Atkins, 3B3000113 .222
    Desi Relaford, 3B0000000 .275
Cory Sullivan, LF4011003 .319
J.D. Closser, C4110022 .180
Jamey Wright, P2000010 .308
    Jose Acevedo, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Holliday, PH1000000 .257
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Chin-Hui Tsao, P0000000 .000
Totals3671273616 
a-popped out for Acevedo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aaron Miles (6, Hudson), Todd Helton 2 (10, Hudson, Hudson)
SH - Jamey Wright (1)
RBI - Aaron Miles (12), Todd Helton 2 (15), Bradley Hawpe 3 (17), Cory Sullivan (4)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (6), Bradley Hawpe 2 (8), Cory Sullivan (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Miles-Helton
E - Aaron Miles (3, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Wright (W,2-2) 5.11066431 6.37
Jose Acevedo (H,2) 1.2100000 3.86
Brian Fuentes (H,6) 1100000 3.21
Chin-Hui Tsao (S,3) 1000020 4.50
HBP - A. Jones (by Jamey Wright)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamey Wright 103-63, Jose Acevedo 22-18, Brian Fuentes 17-12, Chin-Hui Tsao 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamey Wright 10-3, Jose Acevedo 2-3, Brian Fuentes 3-0, Chin-Hui Tsao 1-0
Batters Faced - Jamey Wright 31, Jose Acevedo 6, Brian Fuentes 4, Chin-Hui Tsao 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20307
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether