Atlanta (12-11) at Colorado (10-13)

  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sun May 2, 2004
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Horacio Ramirez has been one of the Atlanta Braves’ most consistent pitchers this season. Unfortunately, his offense hasn’t been giving him much help.

Ramirez tries for his first win of the season as the Braves wrap up a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Ramirez allowed three earned runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings Monday, but was charged with the loss in the Braves’ 3-2 defeat to the San Francisco Giants.

The left-hander’s only shaky inning was the third, when he gave up all three runs.

“He pitched good ball,” Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said of Ramirez. “The one inning, he got a couple of balls in the middle and that was it for the game. Otherwise, he was again just outstanding.”

Ramirez has not allowed more than three runs in an outing this season and has lasted at least six innings in each of his four starts. However, the Braves have scored a total of just five runs for him while he has been on the mound, and in line for a decision.

“He’s done great all year,” Braves second baseman Marcus Giles said. “We just haven’t scored runs for him, unfortunately.”

Ramirez, who won 12 games as a rookie last season, isn’t blaming his teammates.

“I haven’t been able to stay away from that one inning that has cost me the game,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do about it.

“I like these low-scoring games. We’re facing a lot of good pitchers. I’m sure I’ll win a few games I shouldn’t.”

The Braves split a doubleheader with the Rockies Saturday, losing the first game 3-2 and winning the second 11-7.

Atlanta left 14 runners on base in the opener, but got two-run singles from Johnny Estrada and Jesse Garcia in a six-run eighth inning in the nightcap.

“We haven’t left men on base much this year, we have been driving them in for the most part,” Cox said. “We left 14 on in the first game, but we had clutch after clutch after clutch tonight, especially from our bench guys, Johnny Estrada and Jesse Garcia.”

Vinny Castilla, who played in Atlanta from 2002-03 and also in parts of 1991 and 1992, doubled and homered in the second game for Colorado. The Rockies’ win in game one was their first over Atlanta since Aug. 18, 2002.

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H. Ramirez CHC vs. S. Estes WAS
2-4 Record 15-8
2.39 ERA 5.84
31 K 117
30 BB 105
1.34 WHIP 1.62