Atlanta at Colorado

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Braves 9, Rockies 5

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DENVER -- Colorado was seeking its first three-game winning streak of the season. Atlanta, a team with much bigger goals, pretty much put that thought to rest before the first inning was over.

Johnny Estrada hit a two-run double as part of a six-run first Tuesday night that sparked the Braves to a 9-5 victory over the worst team in the majors.

Estrada, Ryan Langerhans, Raul Mondesi and pitcher John Thomson all had two-out RBI in the first. The Braves scored all nine of their runs with two outs and have now scored 79 of their 164 runs this season -- a whopping 48 percent -- with two gone.

"Tonight, we got them when we needed them," said Marcus Giles, who had four hits and an RBI. "You aren't going to come through every night, but I think we are going to do it more often than not."

Andruw Jones had three hits and an RBI for Atlanta, which has won six of seven.

The Rockies, meanwhile, failed in their third attempt this year to string together three straight wins. They fell to 8-22, putting them on pace to lose 118, which would be just two short of the modern-day record of 120 set by the 1962 New York Mets.

Much of the blame for this one falls on starter Jason Jennings (1-4), who has allowed 12 runs in the first innings of his seven starts this season.

"It was basically just embarrassing the first inning," Jennings said. "The way I was pitching was not acceptable."

Jennings got ahead in the count on Chipper Jones in the first but walked him, then blew an 0-2 advantage and walked Andruw Jones to load the bases.

Estrada, who finished with three hits, followed by hitting the ball hard to right for a 2-0 lead. Langerhans kept things going with a two-run single, then Mondesi hit an RBI double that left fielder Cory Sullivan misjudged in the swirling wind. Thomson followed with a hard-hit double to the left-field fence to make it 6-0.

"You've got two outs and an 0-2 count," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "Six runs later, the inning is over."

Jennings faced 11 batters in the first, walked three and threw 48 pitches. He allowed seven runs and nine hits in four innings.

Thomson, one of Colorado's first draft picks back in 1993, only made it through 4 2/3 innings.

The win went to Jorge Sosa (2-0), who entered with an 8-5 lead and was rescued by Langerhans, who made a diving catch in left off a well-hit ball by Clint Barmes with runners on first and second. Langerhans also made a pair of nice catches to take hits away from Aaron Miles in the eighth and Brad Hawpe in the ninth.

"If they were going to give a save tonight, they should give it to the left fielder," Hurdle said. "That kid can go get the ball."

Colorado got 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief from its bullpen Monday in a 7-6 win over the Braves and was forced to burn its bullpen again. Marcos Carvajal, David Cortes and Jay Witasick all worked -- on the day before the Rockies give a spot start to Byung-Hyun Kim, who will take the place of hurting Joe Kennedy in the rotation.

Preston Wilson had three hits, including a double as part of Colorado's three-run fifth inning. Pinch-hitter Garrett Atkins hit an RBI single to pull the Rockies within 8-5 in the fifth and chase Thomson.

After Sosa worked an inning and allowed one hit, four Braves relievers combined to hold Colorado scoreless over the final 3 1/3 innings. In two games against the Rockies, the Atlanta bullpen has allowed four hits and no runs over 8 2/3 innings.

"I think guys are being effective with their location and making the right pitches at the right times," said closer Danny Kolb, who worked the ninth in a non-save situation.

Notes

Injured Rockies reliever Bobby Seay (pectoral muscle) was scheduled to throw in the bullpen Wednesday and Saturday. ... Rockies catcher J.D. Closser fell to 0-for-14 on stolen-base attempts this season when Rafael Furcal stole second in the seventh. ... Braves manager Bobby Cox said Adam LaRoche will likely not play Wednesday because of a slight injury to his left leg. ... The Braves placed RHP Kevin Gryboski (viral infection) on the disabled list, and recalled pitcher Frank Brooks from Richmond.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Giles
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

J. Estrada
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS4000222 .246
Marcus Giles, 2B6241003 .324
Chipper Jones, 3B5010123 .340
Adam LaRoche, 1B5100002 .255
    Wilson Betemit, PR0100000 .227
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
   a- Brian Jordan, PH1000011 .252
    Danny Kolb, P0000000 .000
Andruw Jones, CF4131110 .288
Johnny Estrada, C4132101 .247
Ryan Langerhans, LF5112016 .227
Raul Mondesi, RF4211100 .204
John Thomson, P1011000 .250
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
    John Foster, P0000000 .000
   b- Pete Orr, PH1000000 .327
    Adam Bernero, P0000000 .000
   c- Julio Franco, PH-1B1000003 .261
Totals4191486721 
a-struck out for Reitsma in the 9th
b-popped out for Foster in the 7th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Bernero in the 8th
Batting
2B - Marcus Giles 2 (13, Carvajal, Witasick), Andruw Jones (8, Witasick), Johnny Estrada (9, J. Jennings), Raul Mondesi (6, J. Jennings), John Thomson (1, J. Jennings)
SH - John Thomson 2 (6)
RBI - Marcus Giles (5), Andruw Jones (19), Johnny Estrada 2 (17), Ryan Langerhans 2 (10), Raul Mondesi (13), John Thomson (2)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Giles (2), Andruw Jones (13), Johnny Estrada 2 (10), Ryan Langerhans 2 (6), Raul Mondesi (6), John Thomson (1)
SB - Rafael Furcal (9, 2nd base off Cortes/Closser)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Rafael Furcal (3, wild throw), Marcus Giles (3, misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
John Thomson 4.2855300 3.55
Jorge Sosa (W,2-0) 1100000 2.57
John Foster (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Adam Bernero (H,2) 1000010 2.50
Chris Reitsma 1100000 1.10
Danny Kolb 1000010 5.14
HBP - Relaford (by John Thomson)
WP - John Thomson (1), Danny Kolb (5)
Pitches-Strikes - John Thomson 99-64, Jorge Sosa 13-8, John Foster 5-3, Adam Bernero 6-5, Chris Reitsma 13-9, Danny Kolb 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Thomson 8-7, Jorge Sosa 1-2, Adam Bernero 1-1, Chris Reitsma 1-2, Danny Kolb 2-1
Batters Faced - John Thomson 27, Jorge Sosa 4, John Foster 1, Adam Bernero 3, Chris Reitsma 4, Danny Kolb 4
Colorado Rockies
Clint Barmes, SS5021002 .395
Aaron Miles, 2B4000103 .295
Todd Helton, 1B3200202 .291
Preston Wilson, CF5131001 .247
Bradley Hawpe, RF5001003 .329
Desi Relaford, 3B4111001 .273
Cory Sullivan, LF4120011 .333
    Jay Witasick, P0000000 .000
   a- Luis Gonzalez, PH1000011 .261
J.D. Closser, C4010004 .185
Jason Jennings, P1000002 .167
   b- Dustan Mohr, PH1000001 .111
    Marcos Carvajal, P0000000 .000
   c- Garrett Atkins, PH1011000 .243
    David Cortes, P0000000 .000
    Matt Holliday, LF1000000 .255
Totals3951053221 
a-struck out for Witasick in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for J. Jennings in the 4th
c-singled for Carvajal in the 5th
Batting
2B - Preston Wilson (5, Thomson)
RBI - Clint Barmes (19), Preston Wilson (16), Bradley Hawpe (18), Desi Relaford (5), Garrett Atkins (1)
2-OUT RBI - Clint Barmes (13), Preston Wilson (6), Garrett Atkins (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Clint Barmes (5, misplayed grounder), Desi Relaford (1, misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Jennings (L,1-4) 4977330 6.26
Marcos Carvajal 1111100 2.19
David Cortes 2100110 0.00
Jay Witasick 2310130 6.00
IBB - Estrada by Jay Witasick
WP - Jason Jennings (4), Marcos Carvajal 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 103-62, Marcos Carvajal 25-13, David Cortes 24-15, Jay Witasick 39-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 7-3, Marcos Carvajal 2-1, David Cortes 3-2, Jay Witasick 4-0
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 25, Marcos Carvajal 5, David Cortes 8, Jay Witasick 11
Game Information
Attendance - 20415
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Ivy McLemore, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Mike Everitt