Colorado (55-70) at Atlanta (71-53)

Cloudy Currently: Atlanta, GA
Temp: 40° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 25, 2004
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The Atlanta Braves have put on quite a run over the last two months to get them back to their customary position atop the National League East.

Atlanta will try for its third straight win as it continues a three-game set with the Colorado Rockies at Turner Field.

The Braves were 5 1/2 games out of first place on June 26, but have gone 39-14 since then, moving them 7 1/2 ahead of Florida in the NL East. Despite losing stars Gary Sheffield, Javy Lopez and Greg Maddux, the Braves have been winning games as a team.

Atlanta beat Colorado 6-5 on Tuesday as Rafael Furcal went 4-for-4 with a two-run triple. Eli Marrero drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh as the Braves rallied from a four-run deficit.

“I say all the time, no matter how many the other team gets, they have to play nine innings and get 27 outs,” Furcal said.

Marrero and Julio Franco each went 3-for-4 for the Braves, who began a seven-game homestand.

“I knew we could always come back,” Franco said. “We did the little things today and everybody contributed to win the game.”

The Braves might be without right fielder J.D. Drew, who cut his head Tuesday when he hit it on a dugout railing when he jumped down the dugout steps after finishing batting practice, Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

After getting a few stitches at the hospital Drew came back in the fourth inning and was available to pinch-hit. However, Cox wasn’t sure how healthy his star was.

“I don’t even know if he can drive home,” Cox said of Drew, who leads the Braves with 28 homers and 76 RBIs.

The Rockies, who have lost five of six games, jumped out to an early 4-0 lead as Jorge Piedra and Jeromy Burnitz hit first-inning home runs. It was Piedra’s first career homer.

He went 2-for-4 and will most likely be part of the rotation in center field as Preston Wilson was placed on the disabled list with a sore left knee. Wilson may be done for the season.

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32 K 133
13 BB 52
1.50 WHIP 1.32