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The Associated Press

Jamie Moyer hasn't gotten much help in his first five starts with the Colorado Rockies. His teammates appear poised to change that trend.

After losing in extra innings in the series opener, the Rockies will try to continue their recent high-scoring ways Saturday night against the visiting Atlanta Braves.

The 49-year-old Moyer (1-2, 3.14 ERA) has gotten a combined five runs from his teammates this season and received none for the third time in a 6-5 home loss in 11 innings to the New York Mets on Sunday. He struck out a season-high seven over five frames during that game but also gave up four runs - three in the first inning - and 11 hits.

"A big first inning in most ballparks, but not (at Coors Field)," Moyer told the team's website. "It was my responsibility to try and put up as many zeros behind that (first inning) as possible and give us a chance to get in the game."

The Rockies (12-13) could use a good performance from Moyer as their 4.82 ERA is one of the worst in the majors. Colorado's hitters, though, have tried to compensate for that by producing a combined 56 runs over the last seven games.

The Rockies scored eight for the second time in as many games Friday and five in the first inning, but the Braves (16-11) rallied for a 9-8 victory in 11 innings. Eric Hinske provided the go-ahead runs on his first homer of the season and went 4 for 6 with three RBIs.

"Put a good swing on it," said Hinske, who is 10 for 13 in his last three starts. "The nice Colorado air - put some backspin on the ball and it keeps going."

After getting shut out by Philadelphia on Thursday, Atlanta had 19 hits for the second time in three days. The Braves scored a season-high 15 runs in a win over the Phillies on Wednesday.

Moyer, who became the oldest player to win a major league game April 17, will try to keep Atlanta from making too big of a dent in the scoreboard during his first matchup since July 7, 2010. The Braves, though, reached him for seven runs over 5 1-3 innings during that game to snap the left-hander's three-game win streak against them.

Atlanta, which has a 4.33 ERA, hopes to get a better outing from Mike Minor (2-2, 4.68).

The left-hander gave up a career-high seven runs over 6 1-3 innings Monday in a 9-3 loss to Pittsburgh. He had yielded three or fewer over each of his previous three starts.

"He's been so good. He's allowed to have one of these outings," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Minor has never faced the Rockies or any current Colorado hitter. That includes Carlos Gonzalez, who went 0 for 5 and scored a run in Friday's series opener, after batting .478 (11 for 23) with five homers and 14 RBIs over his previous six games.

"I'm swinging at the right pitches. My hands are feeling well. When I feel that way, I feel I can hit any pitch," he told the team's website.

Gonzalez is hitting .350 with five doubles, four homers and 13 RBIs over his last 10 games against Atlanta.

Dan Uggla has faced Moyer more than any other current Braves player, going 10 for 46. Hinske is 10 for 35 with a pair of home runs.

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