08/19/2002 3:37 pm ET
Chipper's two HRs down Rockies
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Gary Sheffield and Chipper Jones hit back-to-back homers off Rockies closer Jose Jimenez to open the ninth inning and complete a dramatic late-inning rally that gave the Braves a 7-6 win at Turner Field on Monday afternoon.
Atlanta Braves 7, Colorado Rockies 6|
|a-Doubled for Speier in the 9th.|
|2B: Kapler (13, Glavine), Hampton (2, Glavine), Norton (4, Smoltz).|
RBI: Uribe (37), Kapler (20), Hampton (4), Norton (24).
2-out RBI: Uribe, Hampton, Norton.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Payton 2.
GIDP: Alomar, Zeile.
Team LOB: 4.
|CS: Payton (2, 2nd base by Glavine/Lopez, J).|
|E: Shumpert (5, fielding).|
|a-Grounded out for Glavine in the 7th. b-Intentionally walked for Spooneybarger in the 8th.|
|1-Ran for Lopez, J in the 8th.|
|2B: Sheffield (22, Hampton), Lopez, J (14, Speier).|
HR: Franco, J (6, 1st inning off Hampton, 1 on, 0 out), Jones, C 2 (19, 8th inning off Speier, 0 on, 0 out; 9th inning off Jimenez, 0 on, 0 out), Sheffield (22, 9th inning off Jimenez, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Franco, J 2 (26), Jones, C 2 (79), Giles 2 (16), Sheffield (71).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jones, A, Sheffield, Franco, J.
Team LOB: 9.
|E: Franco, J (5, throw), Lopez, J (7, fielding).|
DP: 2 (Furcal-Giles-Franco, J, Giles-Franco, J).
|Speier (BS, 3)
|Jimenez (BS, 4) (L, 2-8)
|Smoltz (W, 3-2)
|IBB: Franco, M (by Speier).|
Pitches-strikes: Hampton 116-69, Speier 28-17, Jimenez 7-4, Glavine 112-74, Spooneybarger 18-13, Smoltz 19-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Hampton 12-8, Speier 2-1, Jimenez 0-0, Glavine 13-5, Spooneybarger 3-0, Smoltz 2-0.
Batters faced: Hampton 29, Speier 9, Jimenez 2, Glavine 28, Spooneybarger 4, Smoltz 5.
Umpires: HP: Ted Barrett. 1B: Brian Runge. 2B: Tim McClelland. 3B: Chuck Meriwether.
Weather: 88 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
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The Braves scored three runs in the eighth off Justin Speier to put themselves in position to complete the dramatic ending. Speier was able to escape an inherited jam in the seventh by striking out Sheffield. But the right-hander found himself in trouble when Jones led off the eighth inning with his 18th homer of the season.
With a two-run lead, Speier watched Vinny Castilla reach on a Terry Shumpert error. Javy Lopez doubled to put both runners in position to score on Marcus Giles' single, knotting the game at 5.
Greg Norton gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth with an RBI double off Braves closer John Smoltz.
Rockies starter Mike Hampton provided another quality outing. He allowed two earned runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings and looked to be in position to record a victory in three straight starts.
The veteran southpaw, who is hitting .370, helped his cause with an RBI double in the fourth off Tom Glavine to score Sandy Alomar Jr.
Glavine, who had won his three previous starts, fell victim to some defensive miscues while allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits in seven innings. Atlanta's southpaw had allowed just two earned runs in his 20 previous innings entering Monday's series finale.
The Rockies took advantage of some sloppy glovework in the third inning to score two unearned runs. Julio Franco's throwing error during a run down allowed Jay Payton to avoid being picked off first base and advance to third where he would score on a Gabe Kapler double. Kapler scored when Javy Lopez was unable to hold onto Marcus Giles' throw to the plate.
Early on, it appeared Hampton might be in for a long day. Franco's two-run homer in the first inning gave the Braves an early advantage before the Hampton had recorded an out.
When an apparent inning-ending double play ball off Castilla's bat hit second base umpire Tim McClelland to cause a dead-ball situation that loaded the bases, it looked like Hampton's first-inning woes were going to continue. But Javy Lopez drilled a liner over McClelland's head that Shumpert grabbed and threw to second to complete a double play that ended the inning.
The Rockies responded to the Braves' early uprising with two runs of their own off Glavine in the second. Three consecutive singles by Todd Helton, Todd Zeile and Shumpert loaded the bases to start the inning. Helton scored on Alomar Jr.'s double play and Zeile came home on a Juan Uribe single.
Larry Walker, who was the only Rockies starter not to record a hit, left the game after his at-bat in the fifth inning with mid-back spasms. He is listed as day-to-day.
Mark Bowman covers the Braves for MLB.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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