Braves scale Rockies


ATLANTA – Marcus Giles had four hits, including a run-scoring double with two outs in the eighth inning that gave the Atlanta Braves their third straight win, 5-4 over the Colorado Rockies.

Giles, hitting .195 entering the game, had three straight singles and scored the Braves’ first run before coming through with the game-winning hit off Jose Mesa.

Mesa took over for Ray King (1-2) after Wilson Betemit’s pinch-hit single with two outs. Mesa’s first pitch skidded to the backstop, allowing Betemit to take second. Giles then sent a liner over the head of left fielder Matt Holliday that bounced off the wall.

Lance Cormier (2-1) earned the win by getting the final two outs in the top half of the eighth. Chris Reitsma worked a scoreless ninth for his sixth save in seven chances.

Holliday homered twice for the Rockies, and Brad Hawpe also went deep – all off Braves starter Jose Sosa.

Sosa limited the Rockies to six hits in six innings, but he left trailing 4-3 because of the long ball. A surprising 13-game winner in 2005, the right-hander remained at 0-4 this season with a 6.65 ERA, having allowed six homers in 21 2-3 innings.

Hawpe cleared the left-field wall in the second inning to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead, then Holliday brought Colorado back after the Braves scored three times in the third.

Holliday homered in the fourth to make it 3-2, then put the Rockies ahead with another solo shot in the sixth – right after Clint Barmes’ sacrifice fly tied it up.

It was the fifth two-homer game of Holliday’s career, the last coming on Sept. 20, 2005, against San Diego.

Rockies starter Aaron Cook went 6 2-3 innings. He was lifted with a 4-3 lead after walking Chipper Jones, but Scott Dohmann gave up a double to Andruw Jones that allowed the other Jones to score the tying run all the way from first.

The Braves scored three runs in the third – all with two-out hits. After Chipper Jones hit into a double play that left Giles at third, Andruw Jones came through with an RBI-single to center.

Jones stole second and scored on Adam LaRoche’s double to right. Then, Jeff Francoeur singled to left to put Atlanta ahead 3-1.

Notes: Barmes will not be with the Rockies for Wednesday’s game against Cincinnati. He was excused to attend a cousin’s funeral, then will return to Colorado on Thursday for the finale of the brief series against Cincinnati. … Holliday’s two-homer game was the second for a Rockies player this season. Jason Smith hit two at San Diego on April 9. … Braves LF Ryan Langerhans made a diving catch in the fourth to deny Barmes a probable double. … Rockies 1B prospect Ryan Shealy homered in his first at-bat for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday. He joined the Sky Sox after spending April at extended spring training in Tucson to rehab an injured elbow.

AP-ES-05-02-06 2226EDT