Originally created 05/12/05

Rockies rally for victory over Braves



DENVER - There had to have been some sort of catch. This was far too easy.

To come into the toughest pitching park in the majors and walk out unscathed - much less in more than nine innings of work in three days - it was just too much to ask of the Atlanta Braves' bullpen.

Closer Dan Kolb couldn't hold onto a lead Atlanta acquired with a ninth-inning rally and Colorado ran past the Braves 6-5 on a gray and drizzly Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.

The Rockies (9-22), owners of the worst record in the National League, took two of three from Atlanta (21-12), which still has a week and a half left on its current road trip.

"It's a capper," Atlanta's Chipper Jones said of Wednesday's rally and subsequent implosion. "For the three days here, we played like crap. I would have considered ourselves very fortunate to win two out of three."

Atlanta trailed 4-2 entering the top of the ninth before Ryan Langerhans, who had already homered once, led off the inning with a first-pitch shot off the right-field foul pole off Rockies closer Chin-hui Tsao.

Then, with two out, Rafael Furcal hit a broken-bat single to keep the game alive. Marcus Giles drove him home with a double off the right-field wall.

After Jones was intentionally walked, Tsao gave up what looked to be the game-winner, a single by Julio Franco.

But for the third time this year, Kolb couldn't hold a lead. He got the first batter, Cory Sullivan, to line out to Jones, and he had pinch hitter Dustan Mohr in an 0-2 hole.

Mohr fouled off several pitches before he tied the game, rocketing a 420-foot homer over Langerhans' head in left field.

After the homer, Clint Barmes and Aaron Miles singled. Todd Helton was walked intentionally, and then manager Bobby Cox pulled Kolb (1-3) for Chris Reitsma.

Reitsma punched out pinch hitter Preston Wilson on a curveball, but he couldn't get Kolb off the hook when Todd Greene sent a seeing-eye single up the middle for the win.

Greene is a former Evans High and Georgia Southern standout and resides in Alpharetta in the off-season. He said he might have offended some friends and family back home by beating the Braves. He didn't seem to mind.

"They'll get over it," said Greene, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI. "A whole bunch of them are big Braves fans, but I'd like to think they're bigger Todd Greene fans.

"I think the Braves are going to be fine, though."

Atlanta closer Dan Kolb abuses a water cooler in the dugout after he was pulled from the game in the ninth inning of the Braves' 6-5 loss to Colorado. Kolb, who was tagged with the loss, gave up a game-tying home run to Dustan Mohr.