Hampton gives up bases-loaded walk

DENVER (AP) -- Mark Sweeney tried to not think about the

frustration the Colorado Rockies have had with the Atlanta Braves

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

game."

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

doubleheader Saturday.

"Obviously they are undermanned, as we are, too," Sweeney

said. "We got good pitching today, good defense and timely hitting

when we needed to."

Vinny Castilla drew a bases-loaded walk from Mike Hampton in the

fifth to tie it in Colorado's first win over Atlanta since Aug. 18,

2002.

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 lead.

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

right to make it 2-1. Aaron Miles singled and Royce Clayton walked

to load the bases, and Braves starter Hampton walked Castilla to

tie it.

"With Vinny up there, he is pretty aggressive," Hampton said.

"I thought he would come up swinging with the bases loaded, but he

didn't."

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

in."

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

Chacon retired Adam LaRoche and Jesse Garcia to end the game.

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

singled and J.D. Drew followed with an RBI triple. Johnny Estrada

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

inning.Game notes
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.