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Rockies battle back to beat Braves on Greene's single

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- After watching yet another blown save, it would have been easy for the Colorado Rockies to give up.

Not this bunch. No matter how many games they lose or how many times the bullpen butchers a lead, the Rockies aren't going to back down.

Todd Greene hit a game-winning, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth after Atlanta scored three runs in the top half of the inning, giving the Rockies a 6-5 victory on Wednesday.

"One of the strengths of this club is it has a lot of backbone," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "As demoralizing as it was, we knew we had an opportunity to win the game."

Colorado got an impressive start from Byung-Hyun Kim and led 4-2 heading into the ninth, only to see Chin-hui Tsao (1-0) blow the save. The rookie closer was successful in his first four save opportunities, but clearly didn't have his best stuff against the Braves.

Ryan Langerhans led off the ninth with a homer, then Rafael Furcal hit a two-out bloop single to center. Marcus Giles tied it with a run-scoring double off the wall in right, then Julio Franco lined a single to right to put the Braves up 5-4.

It wasn't a good sign for a team that has lost more games in late innings than any other in baseball the past two years.

"That ninth of theirs was tough," Colorado's Dustan Mohr said. "To have a tough inning like that and you think you have a two-run lead, then all of a sudden you're down one took a lot out of our sails."

But Mohr helped the Rockies get their wind back -- against Dan Kolb, no less. The Braves closer got Cory Sullivan on a hard liner to open the ninth, then Mohr hit a long, pinch-hit solo homer to left.

Clint Barmes and Aaron Miles followed with consecutive singles, and Kolb (1-3) intentionally walked Todd Helton to load the bases. Manager Bobby Cox replaced Kolb with Chris Reitsma, who struck out Preston Wilson before giving up Greene's winning single up the middle. Kolb had converted nine of his previous 10 save chances.

"It's just Coors Field," Cox said.

Helton finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and Greene had three RBI for Colorado, which has won three of four since an eight-game losing streak. Langerhans homered twice and Andruw Jones hit a solo shot for Atlanta, which dropped two of three to the last-place Rockies after a five-game winning streak.

Braves starter John Smoltz didn't seem to have any lingering effects from the back strain that forced him out after five innings of his last start. Working quickly and hitting his spots, he allowed two runs before running into trouble in the eighth.

Helton started it off with a double, then Brad Hawpe followed with a run-scoring triple. Greene followed with a run-scoring single up the middle through a drawn-in infield to put Colorado up 4-2.

Smoltz allowed four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in eight innings.

"This is not a fun place no matter how good you feel," Smoltz said. "It was one of those games that ended up being too good to be true."

Kim has been nearly unhittable this season -- a .178 average against -- but has had all kinds of control problems with 15 walks, five wild pitches and three hit batters in 13 innings. He walked four -- two intentional -- and gave up a solo homer to Andruw Jones in the fourth inning, but left with a 2-1 lead after giving up just three hits after replacing Joe Kennedy (ankle) in the rotation.

"What a start we got from Kim. He kept us in the game," Hurdle said.

Atlanta tied it in the sixth inning on Langerhans' solo homer off Jose Acevedo.

Notes

  • Braves 1B Adam LaRoche was limited to pinch hit duties in the ninth because of a leg injury.
  • Rockies RHP Jason Jennings flew out to center in his sixth career appearance as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning.
 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Greene
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Atlanta

R. Langerhans
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS5110013 .245
Marcus Giles, 2B5111020 .318
Chipper Jones, 3B4010110 .337
Julio Franco, 1B5021001 .275
Andruw Jones, CF4111103 .287
Johnny Estrada, C4000012 .237
Ryan Langerhans, LF4222000 .250
Raul Mondesi, RF2000200 .200
John Smoltz, P2000123 .143
   a- Adam LaRoche, PH1000000 .253
    Danny Kolb, P0000000 .000
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
Totals365855712 
a-lined out for Smoltz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Marcus Giles (14, Tsao), Chipper Jones (12, Kim)
HR - Andruw Jones (6, Kim), Ryan Langerhans 2 (5, Acevedo, Tsao)
RBI - Marcus Giles (6), Julio Franco (4), Andruw Jones (20), Ryan Langerhans 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Giles (3), Julio Franco (3)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Franco
E - Julio Franco (3, missed catch), Marcus Giles (4, wild throw)
Atlanta Braves
John Smoltz 8843240 3.10
Danny Kolb (BS,2; L,1-3) 0.1322101 6.28
Chris Reitsma 0.1100010 1.08
IBB - Helton by Danny Kolb
Pitches-Strikes - John Smoltz 110-73, Danny Kolb 20-12, Chris Reitsma 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Smoltz 9-11
Batters Faced - John Smoltz 34, Danny Kolb 5, Chris Reitsma 2
Colorado Rockies
Clint Barmes, SS5220000 .395
Aaron Miles, 2B4011001 .294
Todd Helton, 1B4230100 .307
Bradley Hawpe, RF3111112 .329
    Chin-Hui Tsao, P0000000 .000
   a- Preston Wilson, PH1000013 .244
Todd Greene, C5033002 .300
Desi Relaford, 3B3000101 .255
Matt Holliday, LF4010024 .255
Cory Sullivan, CF4000001 .309
Byung-Hyun Kim, P1000010 .000
   b- Jason Jennings, PH1000000 .154
    Jose Acevedo, P0000000 .000
   c- Luis Gonzalez, PH1000000 .255
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Dustan Mohr, RF1111000 .143
Totals3761263514 
a-struck out for Tsao in the 9th
b-flied out for Kim in the 5th
c-flied out for Acevedo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton 2 (12, Smoltz, Smoltz)
3B - Clint Barmes (1, Smoltz), Bradley Hawpe (1, Smoltz)
HR - Dustan Mohr (2, Kolb)
SF - Aaron Miles (1)
RBI - Aaron Miles (13), Bradley Hawpe (19), Todd Greene 3 (11), Dustan Mohr (4)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Greene (6)
SB - Bradley Hawpe (1, 2nd base off Smoltz/Estrada)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Clint Barmes (6, wild throw), Dustan Mohr (1, misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Byung-Hyun Kim 5311451 6.00
Jose Acevedo (BS,1) 2111011 3.97
Brian Fuentes 1000010 3.00
Chin-Hui Tsao (BS,1; W,1-0) 1433101 6.55
IBB - Mondesi by Byung-Hyun Kim, by Mondesi, Jones by Chin-Hui Tsao
Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 90-51, Jose Acevedo 17-12, Brian Fuentes 14-10, Chin-Hui Tsao 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 4-7, Jose Acevedo 2-3, Brian Fuentes 2-0, Chin-Hui Tsao 1-2
Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 23, Jose Acevedo 7, Brian Fuentes 3, Chin-Hui Tsao 8
Game Information
Attendance - 19631
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 48
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Tim Timmons