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Braves drop 2 of 3 to Rockies

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Monday: Rockies 7, Braves 6 This was a tale of 2 different ballgames. The score at the end of 4 innings was 7-6, but after that the bullpens for both teams didn't allow anyone to score. Adam LaRoche was 3 for 5 including a monster 464 foot home run into the upper deck. Brian Jordan was 2 for 4, and Rafael Furcal was 2 for 5. Tim Hudson (3-2) made his Coors Field debut, allowing 7 runs on 10 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 3 and two thirds innings. John Foster got out of a 4th inning jam, and then Adam Bernero and Jorge Sosa each pitched 2 scoreless innings. Tuesday: Braves 9, Rockies 5 The Rockies failed in their bid to reach a season-high 3 game winning streak. Marcus Giles went 4 for 6 with 2 doubles, and Andruw Jones and Johnny Estrada each went 3 for 4 with a double. Ryan Langerhans started in left field for Brian Jordan (who didn't start after hurting his back Monday) and was just 1 for 5, but played spectacular defense. John Thomson got a no-decision in his return to Coors Field, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits, 3 walks, and no strikeouts in 4 and two thirds innings. Jorge Sosa (2-0) picked up the win after getting out of a 5th inning jam and pitching a scoreless inning. John Foster, Adam Bernero, Chris Reitsma, and Dan Kolb each had scoreless appearances to finish out the game. Wednesday: Rockies 6, Braves 5 John Smoltz pitched 8 great innings considering he was coming off an injury and that it was Coors Field. He gave up 3 earned runs on 8 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He was in line to get the win after the Braves rallied from a 2 run deficit to take the lead in the 9th, but got a no-decision after Dan Kolb blew the save. Kolb (1-3) blew his 2nd save in 11 chances, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, a walk, and a home run. Chris Reitsma came into a bases loaded one out situation and nearly bailed Kolb out, striking out Preston Wilson. However, Todd Greene singled to win it for the Rockies. Langerhans started again in left field, and hit 2 home runs in 4 at-bats (his 4th and 5th of the season). Andruw Jones also hit his team-leading 6th homer, while Julio Franco went 2 for 5 while batting clean-up in front of Andruw. I think by this time, Andruw should be re-inserted back into the cleanup spot, even when LaRoche is in the lineup. LaRoche didn't start today because of a mild hamstring injury. The Braves are off tomorrow and play the Dodgers Friday night. Horacio Ramirez faces Jeff Weaver Friday night, Mike Hampton faces Odalis Perez Saturday night, and Tim Hudson opposes Scott Erickson on Sunday evening.

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