Rockies 13, Braves 4
“That was the worst I’ve ever played,” DeRosa said. “It was bad all the way around.”
Luis Gonzalez hit a three-run homer and the Rockies took advantage of seven errors—including four by DeRosa—in a 13-4 win Sunday.
DeRosa wasn’t alone as the Braves tied a franchise record with their seven miscues, which included two by second baseman Marcus Giles and one by shortstop Jesse Garcia and led to eight unearned runs—all charged to starter Horacio Ramirez.
“I never gave Horacio Ramirez a chance from inning one,” the third baseman said. “I’m humbled and my confidence level has been shocked by having a game like that.”
Atlanta also had seven errors on July 22, 1973, in the second game of a doubleheader against Philadelphia.
“It was one of those days,” Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. “We have been playing almost picture-perfect baseball for a month now, we’re on the top of the league in fielding and DeRosa has excelled at third base.”
Shawn Estes (4-1) pitched seven innings to become the fourth National League pitcher to win four games as the Rockies took two of three from the Braves.
Ramirez (0-3) allowed eight unearned runs and five hits in 3 1-3 innings, his shortest outing this season.
`I don’t need to make any comments about their fielding. Estes had a good outing,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “Obviously, we had a lot of guys on base that probably shouldn’t have been, and we cashed in a few.”
Atlanta took a short-lived 1-0 lead in the first when Damon Hollins hit a leadoff double and scored on Giles’ sacrifice fly.
The Rockies came right back and capitalized on Braves miscues to score three times in the bottom of the inning. Gonzalez singled and moved to second when Garcia dropped the throw from catcher Eddie Perez on Gonzalez’s stolen-base attempt. Gonzalez moved to third when Ramirez was late attempting to throw out Royce Clayton on a bunt, and scored when Giles threw the ball into left field on Todd Helton’s grounder. Vinny Castilla drove in Clayton and Helton with a two-run double.
“Horacio without the mistakes probably doesn’t give up any runs in the first inning,” Cox said. “It’s a whole new ballgame.”
The Rockies loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning and extended their lead to 6-1. Estes singled and scored on a balk. Gonzalez, who reached on an error, scored on Helton’s sacrifice fly, and Clayton scored on Castilla’s RBI single.
DeRosa had two errors in the fourth as Colorado added two unearned runs to make it 8-1. The Rockies loaded the bases when Helton singled, Castilla walked and Matt Holliday reached on DeRosa’s fielding error. Kit Pellow hit an RBI infield single, and Castilla came home when DeRosa threw over first baseman Julio Franco’s head.
Giles homered to right center in the sixth inning to make it 8-2.
Estes hit an RBI single, and Gonzalez had a three-run homer in the sixth for Colorado to make it 12-2.
“I was looking for a good pitch, and he gave me one,” Gonzalez said. “I felt I hit it good.”
Pinch-hitter Mike Hessman hit an RBI double, and scored on Hollins’groundout in the seventh for Atlanta.
DeRosa tied an Atlanta single-game record with his four errors, tying Darrell Evans’ mark, done Sept. 20, 1975. … Braves SS Rafael Furcal was out of the lineup for a second day with a jammed right ring finger. … Injured Rockies OF Larry Walker will accompany the team on its six-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Montreal. … Gonzalez ended an 0-for-17 slump againstleft-handed pitchers with a single in the first inning.