DENVER (AP) -- Mark Sweeney tried to not think about the
when he came up with the go-ahead run on third base.
"So many players change on teams, and I think that changes
every year," Sweeney said. "We understand how well they play the
Sweeney's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning drove in the
go-ahead run, and the Rockies ended a seven-game losing streak to
the Atlanta with a 3-2 win in the first game of a split
"Obviously they are undermanned, as we are, too," Sweeney
said. "We got good pitching today, good defense and timely hitting
when we needed to."
fifth to tie it in Colorado's first win over Atlanta since Aug. 18,
Vladimir Nunez (3-0) worked a scoreless eighth for the win, and
Shawn Chacon got three outs for his sixth save in seven chances
despite giving up a triple to Andruw Jones in the ninth.
With the score tied, Charles Johnson reached on an infield hit
to lead off the eighth and Kit Pellow sent him to third with a
one-out single to right against Chris Reitsma (1-1). Sweeney
followed with a fly to center that scored Johnson and gave Colorado
The Rockies scored twice in the fifth to erase a 2-0 deficit.
Pinch-hitter Todd Greene drove in Matt Holliday with a double to
to load the bases, and Braves starter Hampton walked Castilla to
"With Vinny up there, he is pretty aggressive," Hampton said.
"I thought he would come up swinging with the bases loaded, but he
Hampton pitched the first five innings and gave up two runs and
five hits in failing to pick up his first win of the season.
Hampton, a member of the Rockies from 2001-02, was booed when
introduced before every plate appearance.
"We left far too many baserunners," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox
said. "The scoring chances were there, but we couldn't kick it
The Braves left 14 runners on base, two each in the last two
innings. Jones was on third base with one out in the ninth when
left fielder Denny Hocking dropped his fly ball in the ninth, but
Joe Kennedy allowed two runs and six hits in five innings -- his
shortest outing of the season for Colorado.
"Kennedy had a good game and minimized the damage and kept them
from scoring," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said of Kennedy. "He
wasn't as sharp as his previous four outings, but he gave us a
chance to win the game."
Atlanta scored twice in the third to take a 2-0 lead. Jones
was intentionally walked, and Damon Hollins scored Drew with an RBI
double to left.
Colorado had a chance to break it open with the bases loaded and
one out in the seventh against Kevin Gryboski, but Castilla lined
out to shortstop and Jeromy Burnitz grounded out to end the
1B Julio Franco rejoined the Braves after missing the
entire San Francisco with an inner-ear infection. ... Colorado
reliever Tim Harikkala had a string of 22 consecutive batters
retired ended when he walked Drew in the seventh. ... Clayton has a
career-high 12-game hitting streak. ... Colorado's Brad Hawpe got
his first major league hit.
- Home Plate Umpire - Mike Winters
- First Base Umpire - Tim Timmons
- Second Base Umpire - Bruce Froemming
- Third Base Umpire - Jack Samuels