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Colorado (9-14)0001030037110

Braves 9, Rockies 7

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DENVER -- Jeff Francoeur sat on the couch in the Atlanta clubhouse munching on a plate of barbecued ribs.

"Here's an extra rib for you," Tim Hudson said.

The rib was reward for a running catch Francoeur made in right field for the final out in the Atlanta Braves' 9-7 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Matt Holliday's slicing shot to right with two runners on in the ninth and two out looked like it might fall in and tie the game.

Francoeur, playing deeper than normal, raced after it and reached out his glove at the last second. The fans in the corner went quiet and Holliday threw down his helmet in disgust.

"Considering the situation, yeah it was (one of my better catches)," Francoeur said.

Holliday, who doubled off Francoeur's glove in the second, thought he had another over his head.

"I didn't hit it great, but I thought I had a chance to tie the game," Holliday said. "He made a good play. I wish he hadn't made the play."

When closer Bob Wickman was summoned into the game in the ninth, it looked like a good opportunity to restore his confidence. Wickman, who blew his first save of the season on Wednesday night in Florida, came in with a five-run cushion.

But Garrett Atkins hit a two-out, three-run double off Wickman. Bobby Cox replaced him with Steve Colyer, who walked Todd Helton to put runners on first and second.

Colyer was replaced by Peter Moylan, who got Holliday to fly out to record his first career save.

"I thought it was hit pretty well," Moylan said. "I thought, 'Did he get it?'"

Already in the clubhouse, starter Chuck James (3-2) was watching the game on the television and thought the same thing.

"I was like, 'Oh Lord, here we go,"' said James, who allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings to snap a two-game skid. "This park is not too forgiving on fly balls."

Cox wasn't too worried about his closer's mental state after the game.

"Just off on his targets," Cox said. "He's never been off, I'll tell you that."

The Braves continue to come through in the clutch as they scored eight runs with two outs, including a three-run homer by Andruw Jones in the sixth. Atlanta leads the majors with 63 two-out RBI this season.

"I don't know how to explain it," Cox said. "One thing is we have good hitters. We're always capable."

Edgar Renteria had four singles and two RBI for Atlanta, which finished with a season-high 17 hits. Craig Wilson hit his first homer and had three hits, and Chipper Jones drove in two runs.

James pitched most of the game with a tweaked back. He hurt it in the second inning trying to beat out a double-play ball, but he stayed in the game until he was pulled in the sixth.

"It's fine," James said. "I definitely feel like I pitched a lot better than the results."

Rockies starter Jeff Francis (1-3) struggled again and was pulled after 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs, 11 hits and three walks.

Francis, who has the third-most wins of any pitcher in Coors Field history, has surrendered 17 runs and 33 hits in his last three starts, all at home.

"I feel like I've been battling against myself," Francis said. "Not anything against the other team, but I am not making good pitches and they are hitting my mistakes. It's been the same story."

To Cox, Friday night was almost the same story he's seen unfold many times at Coors Field -- a team with a big lead blowing it in the ninth.

"Typical Denver game as it turns out," Cox said. "Francoeur is a great right fielder. I thought he made a great catch."

But the best part for Francoeur, besides the extra rib from Hudson, was the crowd going silent in the right-field corner after the game-ending catch.

"That was nice," Francoeur said with a grin. "When (the Rockies) began to rally, they (fans) got on me. It felt like Philadelphia in the ninth inning out there.

"(Holliday) almost hit it in the perfect spot. I just got a good jump on that one."

Notes

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, a lifelong Detroit Lions fan, thinks the team will select wide receiver Calvin Johnson with the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft on Saturday. ... Willy Taveras had his major league-leading seventh bunt single of the season in the first inning for Colorado. He finished with three hits and a stolen base. ... Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki hit his first home run of the season.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

E. Renteria
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

G. Atkins
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B3321212 .320
Edgar Renteria, SS5142001 .344
Chipper Jones, 3B5122013 .322
Andruw Jones, CF4113111 .231
Jeff Francoeur, RF4020112 .294
Brian McCann, C5010004 .311
Matt Diaz, LF4120021 .264
    Ryan Langerhans, LF1000000 .053
Craig Wilson, 1B5231021 .174
Chuck James, P2000001 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Thorman, PH1000001 .250
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
   b- Pete Orr, PH1000000 .250
    Bob Wickman, P0000000 .000
    Steve Colyer, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
Totals40917948  
a-flied out for Yates in the 7th
b-grounded out for Soriano in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones 2 (7, Speier, Affeldt)
HR - Andruw Jones (4, Speier), Craig Wilson (1, Francis)
SH - Chuck James (3)
RBI - Kelly Johnson (14), Edgar Renteria 2 (15), Chipper Jones 2 (14), Andruw Jones 3 (15), Craig Wilson (2)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson (9), Edgar Renteria 2 (10), Chipper Jones 2 (5), Andruw Jones 3 (8)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Johnson-C. Wilson, Renteria-Johnson-C. Wilson
PB - Brian McCann (2)
Atlanta Braves
Chuck James (W,3-2) 5.1644141 4.73
Tyler Yates (H,3) 0.2200010 4.50
Mike Gonzalez 1100010 2.16
Rafael Soriano 1000110 5.23
Bob Wickman 0.2233200 2.53
Steve Colyer0000100 0.00
Peter Moylan (S,1) 0.1000000 3.68
Pitches-Strikes - Chuck James 69-46, Tyler Yates 14-9, Mike Gonzalez 14-10, Rafael Soriano 12-6, Bob Wickman 27-12, Steve Colyer 6-2, Peter Moylan 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chuck James 9-2, Tyler Yates 1-0, Rafael Soriano 1-0, Bob Wickman 2-0
Batters Faced - Chuck James 22, Tyler Yates 4, Mike Gonzalez 4, Rafael Soriano 3, Bob Wickman 6, Steve Colyer 1, Peter Moylan 1
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF5230011 .286
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4211122 .188
Garrett Atkins, 3B5123002 .268
Todd Helton, 1B3111210 .364
    Clint Barmes, PR0000000 .105
Matt Holliday, LF5021013 .394
Yorvit Torrealba, C4011012 .255
Jeff Baker, RF4000013 .250
Jamey Carroll, 2B2100202 .204
Jeff Francis, P2000001 .143
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Keppel, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   a- Steve Finley, PH1010000 .159
    Zach McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .333
   b- John Mabry, PH1000000 .190
Totals36711757  
a-singled for Affeldt in the 7th
b-grounded out for Buchholz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Garrett Atkins (8, Wickman), Matt Holliday (7, James)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (1, James)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (6), Garrett Atkins 3 (12), Todd Helton (15), Matt Holliday (15), Yorvit Torrealba (10)
2-OUT RBI - Garrett Atkins 3 (5)
SB - Willy Taveras (5, 2nd base off James/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Baker 1
DP - Atkins-Helton, Francis-Torrealba-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis (L,1-3) 5.11144341 6.52
Ryan Speier 0.1322001 15.43
Tom Martin 0.1000000 0.00
Bobby Keppel 0.2233110 12.27
Jeremy Affeldt 0.1100000 1.13
Zach McClellan 1000020 4.50
Taylor Buchholz 1000010 5.84
IBB - A. Jones by Jeff Francis
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 104-69, Ryan Speier 9-6, Tom Martin 3-2, Bobby Keppel 15-10, Jeremy Affeldt 4-3, Zach McClellan 12-8, Taylor Buchholz 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 6-4, Tom Martin 1-0, Taylor Buchholz 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 28, Ryan Speier 4, Tom Martin 1, Bobby Keppel 5, Jeremy Affeldt 1, Zach McClellan 3, Taylor Buchholz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25079
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Derryl Cousins