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Rockies balk in winning run in 10th inning, fall to Braves

CBSSports.com wire reports

ATLANTA -- Taylor Buchholz chalked up this loss to confusion.

The Rockies reliever balked in the winning run, allowing pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson to score from third and giving the Atlanta Braves a 5-4 victory over the Rockies in 10 innings Tuesday night.

"I took the sign, something I've done dozens of times," Buchholz said. "I was going to throw a curveball. I got the grip, and I don't know what happened."

Buchholz, pitching from the stretch, had already moved his feet to begin his windup when he paused, apparently wanting to restart the pitch.

Home plate umpire Wally Bell instantly threw up his arms and waved home Johnson for the winning run.

Omar Infante, who was preparing to face Buchholz at the plate, never took a pitch in the at-bat.

"As soon as I did it, I knew it was a balk," Buchholz said. "I'd rather they beat me with a hit."

Colorado, which last year earned its first NL pennant by going 21-1 after Sept. 16, has lost three straight and four of five. The Rockies began Tuesday six games behind Los Angeles in the NL West.

Atlanta, which ended a two-game losing streak, had lost 20 of 27.

Julian Tavarez (1-2) earned the victory with a scoreless 10th inning.

Buchholz (6-6) lost for the third time in his last five appearances. He had two out when Johnson singled and moved to third on Josh Anderson's double.

"We won a game on a balk once, but it wasn't a walkoff balk," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We scratched and clawed. We were down three runs, then got back in it. We were talking a tightrope most of the way. I still thought we'd find a way to win it."

Brian McCann's RBI single and Casey Kotchman's two-run single gave the Braves a 3-0 lead in the first.

The Rockies scored all their runs on homers.

Brad Hawpe's 24th homer, a two-run shot off Atlanta starter Jorge Campillo, cut the Braves' lead to 3-2 in the fourth.

After the Braves took a 4-2 lead in the sixth on Jeff Francoeur's RBI double, Chris Iannetta hit his 15th homer, also off Campillo, in the seventh.

Garrett Atkins' 19th homer forced a 4-all tie in the ninth off Braves closer Mike Gonzalez, who blew his first save since June 25, 2004 and end the majors leagues' longest active streak at 39.

"It was fun while it lasted," Gonzalez said. "Now I've got to start another streak."

Rockies starter Aaron Cook allowed four runs and six hits in six innings. Since winning 7-4 at Pittsburgh on July 30, Cook is 2-3 with a 6.93 ERA in his last six starts.

Kotchman had two golden opportunities to give Atlanta a big lead late in the game, and failed both times.

In the seventh, he came up with the bases loaded and two outs against Glendon Rusch, and flied out to center.

In the ninth, Kotchman came up with the bases loaded and one out and the game tied, and grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

"That's how we've been losing games, lining into double plays," Braves manager Bobby Cox said after his team improved to just 8-27 in one-run games. "It's happened all year, honestly, where a game-changer is hit right at somebody. We've played so many tight ones. We'll take anything, a walkoff balk or anything right now."

Campillo, who allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, was chased after giving up Iannetta's homer, a walk to Troy Tulowitzki and a single to pinch-hitter Seth Smith.

Reliever Jeff Bennett ended the jam, though, retiring Clint Barmes, the first batter he faced, on a 4-6-3 double play.

"The momentum switch just didn't happen," Tulowitzki said. "We had our chances. We didn't execute."


  • Braves 3B Chipper Jones went 2-for-4 to boost his average one point to .359, and trails St. Louis' Albert Pujols, who also went 2-for-4, by two points for the best average in the majors.
  • In his last 23 road games, Hawpe is hitting .383 in 86 at-bats.
  • Cook missed on his second chance to win his 17th game, which would tie Jeff Francis (2007), Pedro Astacio (1999) and Kevin Ritz ('96) for most the franchise's most wins in a single season.
  • The Rockies had three errors in a game for the first time since Sept. 2, 2006.
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Brad Hawpe is swinging a hot bat on the road, which he displays with a two-run homer vs. the Braves.  (AP)
Brad Hawpe is swinging a hot bat on the road, which he displays with a two-run homer vs. the Braves. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Kotchman
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0

B. Hawpe
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Colorado Rockies
Clint Barmes, 2B5000021 .287
Willy Taveras, CF5000000 .252
Matt Holliday, LF4120010 .326
Brad Hawpe, RF3112110 .294
Garrett Atkins, 1B4111002 .290
Ian Stewart, 3B3000120 .291
Chris Iannetta, C4111011 .270
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000100 .238
Aaron Cook, P2000000 .246
   a- Seth Smith, PH1010000 .262
    Dexter Fowler, PR0000000 .000
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
    Glendon Rusch, P0000000 .053
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Podsednik, PH1000000 .255
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Cook in the 7th
b-grounded out for Corpas in the 10th
2B - Matt Holliday (36, Campillo)
HR - Brad Hawpe (24, Campillo), Garrett Atkins (19, Gonzalez), Chris Iannetta (15, Campillo)
RBI - Brad Hawpe 2 (81), Garrett Atkins (88), Chris Iannetta (55)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Iannetta-Tulowitzki, Barmes-Tulowitzki-Atkins, Tulowitzki-Barmes-Atkins
E - Clint Barmes (10, Misplayed grounder), Aaron Cook (2, Misplayed grounder), Ian Stewart (10, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook 6644220 4.16
Jason Grilli 0.1200000 2.90
Glendon Rusch 0.2000100 4.94
Ryan Speier 1200010 5.01
Manny Corpas 1200000 3.86
Taylor Buchholz (L,6-6) 0.2211000 2.17
IBB - Escobar by Glendon Rusch
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 91-60, Jason Grilli 15-10, Glendon Rusch 12-4, Ryan Speier 16-10, Manny Corpas 18-14, Taylor Buchholz 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 12-5, Jason Grilli 1-0, Ryan Speier 1-0, Manny Corpas 2-1, Taylor Buchholz 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 27, Jason Grilli 3, Glendon Rusch 3, Ryan Speier 4, Manny Corpas 5, Taylor Buchholz 4
Atlanta Braves
Josh Anderson, CF6120012 .292
Omar Infante, 2B5120000 .309
Chipper Jones, 3B4020122 .359
Brian McCann, C5121003 .293
Yunel Escobar, SS4010100 .286
Casey Kotchman, 1B4112106 .267
Jeff Francoeur, RF5021001 .234
Brandon Jones, LF4010001 .269
    Gregor Blanco, PR-LF1000000 .252
Jorge Campillo, P2000001 .200
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .222
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000001 .260
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
   b- Kelly Johnson, PH1110000 .279
a-grounded into a double play for Ohman in the 8th
b-singled for Tavarez in the 10th
2B - Josh Anderson (4, Buchholz), Casey Kotchman (27, Cook), Jeff Francoeur (28, Cook)
SH - Jorge Campillo (5)
RBI - Brian McCann (80), Casey Kotchman 2 (62), Jeff Francoeur (65)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Kotchman 2 (26)
SB - Josh Anderson (6, 2nd base off Cook/Iannetta), Chipper Jones (4, 2nd base off Rusch/Iannetta)
CS - Omar Infante (1, 2nd base by Cook/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Infante-Escobar-Kotchman
Atlanta Braves
Jorge Campillo 6.1533332 3.70
Jeff Bennett (H,11) 1.1000010 4.14
Will Ohman (H,18) 0.1000000 3.44
Mike Gonzalez (BS,1) 1111021 4.44
Julian Tavarez (W,1-3) 1000010 5.01
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Campillo 93-60, Jeff Bennett 9-8, Will Ohman 3-3, Mike Gonzalez 20-12, Julian Tavarez 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Campillo 4-12, Jeff Bennett 2-0, Mike Gonzalez 1-0, Julian Tavarez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jorge Campillo 27, Jeff Bennett 3, Will Ohman 1, Mike Gonzalez 4, Julian Tavarez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21821
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Kerwin Danley