Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Colorado won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, May 9
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Colorado7
Game 2: Tuesday, May 10
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Colorado5
Game 3: Wednesday, May 11
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Braves 5

(21-13, 8-8 away)

Rockies 6

(9-22, 7-7 home)

    3:05 PM ET, May 11, 2005

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    COL 100100022 6 12 2

    W: C. Tsao (1-0)

    L: D. Kolb (1-3)

    Bases-loaded single does it for Colorado

    DENVER (AP) -- After watching yet another blown save, it would have been easy for the Colorado Rockies to give up.

    Not this bunch. No matter how many games they lose or how many times the bullpen butchers a lead, the Rockies aren't going to back down.

    Todd Greene hit a game-winning, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth after Atlanta scored three runs in the top half of the inning, giving the Rockies a 6-5 victory on Wednesday.

    "One of the strengths of this club is it has a lot of backbone," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "As demoralizing as it was, we knew we had an opportunity to win the game."

    Colorado got an impressive start from Byung-Hyun Kim and led 4-2 heading into the ninth, only to see Chin-hui Tsao (1-0) blow the save. The rookie closer was successful in his first four save opportunities, but clearly didn't have his best stuff against the Braves.

    Ryan Langerhans led off the ninth with a homer, then Rafael Furcal hit a two-out bloop single to center. Brian Giles tied it with a run-scoring double off the wall in right, then Julio Franco lined a single to right to put the Braves up 5-4.

    It wasn't a good sign for a team that has lost more games in late innings than any other in baseball the past two years.

    "That ninth of theirs was tough," Colorado's Dustan Mohr said. "To have a tough inning like that and you think you have a two-run lead, then all of a sudden you're down one took a lot out of our sails."

    But Mohr helped the Rockies get their wind back -- against Dan Kolb, no less.

    The Braves closer got Cory Sullivan on a hard liner to open the ninth, then Mohr hit a long, pinch-hit solo homer to left. Clint Barmes and Aaron Miles followed with consecutive singles, and Kolb (1-3) intentionally walked Todd Helton to load the bases.

    Manager Bobby Cox replaced Kolb with Chris Reitsma, who struck out Preston Wilson before giving up Greene's winning single up the middle. Kolb had converted nine of his previous 10 save chances.

    "It's just Coors Field," Cox said.

    Helton finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and Greene had three RBI for Colorado, which has won three of four since an eight-game losing streak.

    Langerhans homered twice and Andruw Jones hit a solo shot for Atlanta, which dropped two of three to the last-place Rockies after a five-game winning streak.

    Braves starter John Smoltz didn't seem to have any lingering effects from the back strain that forced him out after five innings of his last start. Working quickly and hitting his spots, he allowed two runs before running into trouble in the eighth.

    Helton started it off with a double, then Brad Hawpe followed with a run-scoring triple. Greene followed with a run-scoring single up the middle through a drawn-in infield to put Colorado up 4-2.

    Smoltz allowed four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in eight innings.

    "This is not a fun place no matter how good you feel," Smoltz said. "It was one of those games that ended up being too good to be true."

    Kim has been nearly unhittable this season -- a .178 average against -- but has had all kinds of control problems with 15 walks, five wild pitches and three hit batters in 13 innings.

    He walked four -- two intentional -- and gave up a solo homer to Andruw Jones in the fourth inning, but left with a 2-1 lead after giving up just three hits after replacing Joe Kennedy (ankle) in the rotation.

    "What a start we got from Kim. He kept us in the game," Hurdle said.

    Atlanta tied it in the sixth inning on Langerhans' solo homer off Jose Acevedo.

    Game notes


    Braves 1B Adam LaRoche was limited to pinch hit duties in the ninth because of a leg injury. ... Rockies RHP Jason Jennings flew out to center in his sixth career appearance as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning.

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