Originally created 09/29/05

Rockies pound Braves



ATLANTA -- At least most of the starters got to rest.

The day after the Atlanta Braves clinched a division title for the 14th consecutive season, the lineup card looked almost nothing like the slate that had won the division for the Braves.

The team on the field didn't look much like division champs, either.

Atlanta gave up 10 runs off 15 hits, an error and two wild pitches in a 10-5 loss Wednesday night at Turner Field. Kyle Davies (7-5) took the loss for the Braves; Jeff Francis (14-12) got the win for Colorado.

The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on three hits.

The Rockies tied things in the third courtesy of a four-out inning. With two outs, Todd Helton struck out on a wild pitch but managed to beat out Brayan Pena's throw to first. That gave Matt Holliday the opportunity to double off the wall in left-center, scoring Helton, and then cross the plate himself off a single up the middle by Garrett Atkins.

Davies then got Brad Hawpe to ground out to second, ending the inning.

The Braves struck again in the fifth, with three consecutive singles from Davies, Pete Orr and Brian Jordan. With the bases loaded, Andy Marte grounded the ball to third baseman Garrett Atkins, who picked off Davies at home. But when catcher Danny Ardoin tried to throw to second, the ball hit the ground near the mound. As the ball skidded along, Orr and Jordan came home to put the Braves up 4-2.

The Rockies came back the next inning when Marte took an Atkins ground ball and threw it over first baseman Julio Franco's head. Davies retired the next two men before hitting Ardoin and surrendering an RBI double to pinch hitter Todd Greene, a former Evans standout.

Anthony Lerew replaced Davies but promptly gave up a two-run double to Clint Barmes, giving the Rockies their first lead of the night at 5-4.

Reach Brandon Larrabee at (404) 681-1701 or brandon.larrabee@morris.com.