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Escobar sends Braves past Rockies with 10th-inning hit

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ATLANTA -- Yunel Escobar doesn't speak much English. He doesn't have to. He lets all of his Atlanta Braves teammates do the talking for him.

The rookie shortstop hit a run-scoring single in the 10th inning Sunday, giving the Braves a 6-5 win over the Colorado Rockies.

The liner to left easily scored Jeff Francoeur, who had doubled into the left field corner off Taylor Buchholz (5-4), giving the Braves their fifth win in seven games. Atlanta took two of three from Colorado.

"He's clutch. He's as clutch a young player as I have ever seen," said Matt Diaz, who drew an intentional walk after Francoeur's hit, bringing up Escobar.

The 24-year-old has played second, third and now shortstop -- his natural position -- since being recalled from the minors earlier this season. Escobar is seeing regular time at short since Edgar Renteria went on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a sprained right ankle.

"He wants to hit in that situation. I looked at him while I was being walked and he winked. He then went out and did his job," said Diaz.

Escobar, who lifted his average to .331 with a 2-for-4 day, said he hit a fastball.

Following his game-winner, his teammates jumped on him after he ran past first base.

"I hope that can happen every night," he said through interpreter-coach Chino Cadahia.

Francoeur, who also hits well in pressure situations, is impressed with Escobar.

"He's come up with several big hits. "He's not scared to go up there."

Chipper Jones went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, his 18th of the season. Oscar Villarreal (2-1), the Braves' sixth pitcher, earned the win with a scoreless tenth.

Rockies reserve outfielder Ryan Spilborghs hit solo home runs in the second and fifth innings, his eighth and ninth of the year, off Braves starter Chuck James. Spilborghs came into the season with four career homers in 171 at-bats. He has nine homers in 133 at-bats this year.

"I was looking for fastballs out over the plate and he put them there," said Spilborghs. "This was a series we should have won. There were a lot of opportunities. It was not a good day."

The Rockies had tied it at 5 in the seventh off reliever Octavio Dotel on Todd Helton's two-out flair to left, just past shortstop Escobar's glove. The single scored Jamey Carroll, who had tripled.

The Braves went ahead 5-4 in the sixth on a bloop RBI double to right off Jeremy Affeldt by Willie Harris, scoring Corky Miller. Miller had driven in the tying run with a double to left earlier in the inning, knocking out Colorado starter Aaron Cook.

Cook went 5 2/3 innings and allowed five runs -- three earned -- and 10 hits without a walk. He struck out one.

"I got some balls up in the zone. I wasn't sharp. I didn't have the fastball I usually have," said Cook.

The Rockies had gone ahead 4-3 in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Helton off James and an RBI double by Garrett Atkins off Tyler Yates.

James went five innings and left in the sixth after a leadoff walk to Carroll and singles by Holliday and Helton, bringing in Yates. James allowed four runs and six hits. He walked three and struck out two.

The Braves' first run came on an RBI single by Escobar, scoring Jones in the fourth. They added two unearned runs in the fifth inning on Jones' two-out home run. It followed a two-out error by Carroll at second.

Notes

  • It was the second time Spilborghs hit two home runs in a game. He also did it on June 10 at Baltimore.
  • Atlanta RF Francoeur threw out Troy Tulowitzki trying to score from second on a single by Willy Taveras in the fifth. It was Francoeur's NL-leading 15th assist.
  • Colorado 3B Garrett Atkins' RBI double in the sixth gave him eight RBI in the three-game set. He hit his fifth career grand slam and his second this season on Saturday night. He had a three-run homer on Friday night and has 14 RBI in his last six games.
  • Atlanta's CF Andruw Jones missed his second straight start due to a sore left shoulder. He got a cortisone shot in the shoulder Friday night and is expected to start Tuesday night against the New York Mets after an off day on Monday.
  • The Braves are 4-7 in extra innings.
 
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Atlanta's Yunel Escobar records two hits, including a run-scoring single in the 10th.  (AP)
Atlanta's Yunel Escobar records two hits, including a run-scoring single in the 10th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

Y. Escobar
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

R. Spilborghs
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF5020012 .317
Jamey Carroll, 2B3220101 .240
Matt Holliday, LF5110023 .336
Todd Helton, 1B4022110 .295
Garrett Atkins, 3B5011013 .270
Ryan Spilborghs, RF3222200 .323
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4000114 .272
Chris Iannetta, C3000014 .179
   a- Brad Hawpe, PH1000010 .287
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Baker, PH1000010 .211
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .158
Aaron Cook, P1000103 .250
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   c- Yorvit Torrealba, PH-C1000011 .276
Totals365105610  
a-struck out for Iannetta in the 8th
b-struck out for Julio in the 10th
c-struck out for Hawkins in the 8th
Batting
2B - Garrett Atkins (26, Yates)
3B - Jamey Carroll (1, Dotel)
HR - Ryan Spilborghs 2 (9, James, James)
SH - Jamey Carroll (6), Aaron Cook (13)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (60), Garrett Atkins (75), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (39)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (26), Ryan Spilborghs (14)
SB - Ryan Spilborghs (3, 2nd base off Soriano/Miller)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Carroll-Helton, Carroll-Tulowitzki-Helton, Carroll-Helton
E - Jamey Carroll (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook 5.11053011 4.16
Jeremy Affeldt 0.2200010 2.68
LaTroy Hawkins 1100000 3.97
Jorge Julio 2000110 5.26
Taylor Buchholz (L,5-4) 0.1211110 4.91
IBB - Diaz by Taylor Buchholz
HBP - Teixeira (by Aaron Cook)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 85-51, Jeremy Affeldt 13-8, LaTroy Hawkins 11-9, Jorge Julio 36-19, Taylor Buchholz 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 11-3, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, Jorge Julio 4-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 26, Jeremy Affeldt 4, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Jorge Julio 6, Taylor Buchholz 4
Atlanta Braves
Willie Harris, CF5021000 .328
Kelly Johnson, 2B5110001 .301
Chipper Jones, 3B4232112 .334
Mark Teixeira, 1B4010011 .294
Jeff Francoeur, RF5130003 .304
Matt Diaz, LF4120103 .347
Yunel Escobar, SS4022001 .331
Corky Miller, C4111013 .333
Chuck James, P2000010 .150
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Thorman, PH1000001 .217
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Woodward, PH1000000 .214
    Bob Wickman, P0000000 .000
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .250
Totals39615624  
a-grounded out for Yates in the 6th
b-grounded out for Soriano in the 8th
Batting
2B - Willie Harris (15, Affeldt), Chipper Jones (25, Cook), Mark Teixeira (26, Cook), Jeff Francoeur (29, Buchholz), Corky Miller (1, Cook)
HR - Chipper Jones (18, Cook)
SH - Yunel Escobar (2)
RBI - Willie Harris (24), Chipper Jones 2 (58), Yunel Escobar 2 (16), Corky Miller (1)
2-OUT RBI - Willie Harris (9), Chipper Jones 2 (21), Yunel Escobar (7)
CS - Chipper Jones (1, 2nd base by Julio/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 1
DP - Johnson-Escobar-Teixeira
Atlanta Braves
Chuck James 5644322 3.84
Tyler Yates 1100120 4.91
Octavio Dotel (BS,4) 1211020 4.78
Rafael Soriano 1000120 3.81
Bob Wickman 1100110 3.89
Oscar Villarreal (W,2-1) 1000010 3.69
IBB - Spilborghs by Tyler Yates, Helton by Bob Wickman
Pitches-Strikes - Chuck James 94-59, Tyler Yates 20-13, Octavio Dotel 24-22, Rafael Soriano 25-14, Bob Wickman 11-6, Oscar Villarreal 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chuck James 5-6, Bob Wickman 2-0, Oscar Villarreal 1-1
Batters Faced - Chuck James 22, Tyler Yates 5, Octavio Dotel 5, Rafael Soriano 4, Bob Wickman 5, Oscar Villarreal 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37089
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Tom Hallion