|Atlanta (63-82) «||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||5||14||0|
ATLANTA -- Taylor Buchholz chalked up this loss to confusion.
"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."
The Rockies scored all their runs on homers.
"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."
"The momentum switch just didn't happen," Tulowitzki said. "We had our chances. We didn't execute."
|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|
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|Clint Barmes, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||2||1||.287|
|Willy Taveras, CF||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.326|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||3||1||1||2||1||1||0||.294|
|Garrett Atkins, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.290|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.291|
|Chris Iannetta, C||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.270|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.238|
|Aaron Cook, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|a- Seth Smith, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Dexter Fowler, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Grilli, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Glendon Rusch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.053|
|Ryan Speier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Scott Podsednik, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Taylor Buchholz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.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)|
|Taylor Buchholz (L,6-6)||0.2||2||1||1||0||0||0||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|
|Josh Anderson, CF||6||1||2||0||0||1||2||.292|
|Omar Infante, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||.309|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||0||2||0||1||2||2||.359|
|Brian McCann, C||5||1||2||1||0||0||3||.293|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||.286|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||4||1||1||2||1||0||6||.267|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||5||0||2||1||0||0||1||.234|
|Brandon Jones, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.269|
|Gregor Blanco, PR-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Jorge Campillo, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.200|
|Jeff Bennett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Will Ohman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Greg Norton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.260|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Julian Tavarez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Kelly Johnson, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.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|
|Jeff Bennett (H,11)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.14|
|Will Ohman (H,18)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.44|
|Mike Gonzalez (BS,1)||1||1||1||1||0||2||1||4.44|
|Julian Tavarez (W,1-3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|Attendance - 21821|
|Game Time - 3:10|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Kerwin Danley|