ATLANTA – On a night when a lot of rookies were on display, Colorado first-year shortstop Clint Barmes had the biggest hit, driving in the go-ahead run with a two-run double in the sixth inning and the Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 10-5 on Wednesday night.

Fourteen rookies started for the Braves and Rockies, including the starting pitchers for both. It was the most rookies to start a major league game since Sept. 24, 2003, when 14 started for Cleveland and Minnesota.

Jeff Francis (14-12) gave up seven hits and four runs, three earned, in five innings for Colorado.

Kyle Davies (7-5) gave up seven hits and five runs, two earned, in 5 2-3 innings for the Braves.

Davies was a fill-in starter for John Smoltz, who is resting his stiff right shoulder the last week of the regular season.

One day after clinching the NL East title, the Braves’ lineup included seven rookies and only two regular starters – first baseman Julio Franco and Ryan Langerhans, who played center field instead of his normal spot in left.

The 48-year-old Franco and 38-year-old Brian Jordan, who started in right field, stood out in the otherwise young lineup.

Colorado’s only veteran starters were first baseman Todd Helton and left fielder Matt Holliday, a second-year player.

One of the Braves’ rookies, catcher Brayan Pena, led off the second inning with a double and moved to third on Wilson Betemit’s single to center. Langerhans’ single to right drove in Pena, and Davies drove in Betemit with a fly ball for a 2-0 lead.

With two outs in the third, Helton struck out on a wild pitch but was safe at first as the pitch bounced past Pena. Holliday followed with a run-scoring double to left-center, and he scored on Garrett Atkins’ single up the middle for a 2-2 tie.

A throwing error by Rockies catcher Danny Ardoin helped the Braves take a 4-2 lead in the fifth. Three straight hits by Davies, Pete Orr and Jordan loaded the bases. On Andy Marte’s grounder to third, Atkins’ throw to the plate forced Davies, but Ardoin slipped while throwing to first and threw wildly into right field for an error, allowing two runs to score.

The Rockies scored three runs in the sixth, knocking Davies out of the game. Pinch-hitter Todd Greene’s double drove in the first run. Barmes greeted reliever Anthony Lerew with a bloop two-run double to right for a 5-4 lead. The double, which landed just fair in shallow right field, drove in Ardoin, who was hit by a pitch, and Choo Freeman, a pinch runner for Greene.

Making his major league debut, left-hander Chuck James walked Helton, threw a wild pitch and gave up a run-scoring single to Holliday, giving the Rockies a 6-4 lead in the seventh.

James gave up one run in two innings.

The Rockies had four runs and six hits in the ninth off reliever Dan Kolb.

Notes: Langerhans has a seven-game hitting streak and hits in 15 of 20 games in September. … Holliday’s third-inning RBI double gave him 29 in September, a team record for the month. His RBI single in the seventh pushed the total to 30. Dante Bichette drove in 28 runs in September 1995. Holliday leads the NL in RBIs this month, and has 59 since the All-Star break. … James became Atlanta’s 18th rookie to appear in a game this season.

AP-ES-09-28-05 2207EDT

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.