Originally created 05/03/04

Braves commit 7 errors in loss



DENVER -- Luis Gonzalez hit a three-run homer and the Colorado Rockies took advantage of seven errors by the Atlanta Braves - including four by third baseman Mark DeRosa - in a 13-4 win Sunday.

The Braves tied a franchise record with their seven miscues, which included two by second baseman Marcus Giles and shortstop Jesse Garcia and led to eight unearned runs by the Rockies.

Atlanta also had seven errors on July 22, 1973, in the second game of a doubleheader against Philadelphia.

Shawn Estes (4-1) pitched seven innings to become the fourth National League pitcher to win four games as the Rockies took two of three from the Braves.

Horacio Ramirez (0-3) allowed eight unearned runs and five hits in 3 1-3 innings, his shortest outing of the year.

Atlanta took a short-lived 1-0 lead in the first when Damon Hollins hit a leadoff double and scored on Giles' sacrifice fly.

The Rockies came right back and capitalized on Braves miscues to score three times in the bottom of the inning. Gonzalez singled and moved to second when Garcia dropped the throw from catcher Eddie Perez on Gonzalez's stolen-base attempt. Gonzalez moved to third when Ramirez was late attempting to throw out Royce Clayton on a bunt, and scored when Giles threw the ball into left field on Todd Helton's grounder. Vinny Castilla drove in Clayton and Helton with a two-run double.

The Rockies loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning and extended their lead to 6-1. Estes singled and scored on a balk. Gonzalez, who reached on an error, scored on Helton's sacrifice fly, and Clayton scored on Castilla's RBI single.

DeRosa had two errors in the fourth inning as Colorado added two unearned runs to make it 8-1. The Rockies loaded the bases when Helton singled, Castilla walked and Matt Holliday reached on DeRosa's fielding error. Kit Pellow hit an RBI infield single, and Castilla came home when DeRosa threw over first baseman Julio Franco's head.

Giles homered to right center in the sixth inning to make it 8-2.

Estes had an RBI single and Gonzalez a three-run homer in the sixth for Colorado to make it 12-2.

Pinch-hitter Mike Hessman hit an RBI double, and scored on Hollins' groundout in the seventh for Atlanta.

Notes: DeRosa tied an Atlanta single-game record with his four errors, tying Darrell Evans' mark, done Sept. 20, 1975. ... Braves SS Rafael Furcal was out of the lineup for a second day with a jammed right ring finger. ... Injured Rockies OF Larry Walker will accompany the team on its six-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Montreal. ... Gonzalez ended an 0-for-17 slump against left-handed pitchers with a first inning single.