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Updated: Sunday, May 2, 2004 8:20 PM EDT
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COLORADO 13, ATLANTA 4
 

DENVER (Ticker) -- Bobby Cox never saw his Atlanta Braves look this sloppy.

Atlanta tied a single-game club record with seven errors, including four by third baseman Mark DeRosa , leading to eight unearned runs as the Colorado Rockies rolled to a 13-4 rout of the Braves.

Former Brave Vinny Castilla drove in three runs and rookie Luis Gonzalez hit a three-run homer for the Rockies.

Atlanta also had seven errors on June 22, 1973 in the second game of a doubleheader against Philadelphia. DeRosa's four errors matched an Atlanta record held by third baseman Darrell Evans in a September 20, 1975 game.

"DeRosa has been excellent at third base this season, so it was just a crazy day," said Cox, the Braves' long-time manager. "Not a good way to end a road trip, but we'll move on from this."

When the Braves were located in Boston, they committed 11 errors in a June 11, 1906 game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Third baseman David Brain set the individual franchise record with five errors in that game.

Braves starter Horacio Ramirez (0-3) had been victimized by poor run support, with the Braves scoring a total of two runs in his previous two losses. This time, they abandoned Ramirez with sloppy play in the field, committing six of their errors in the first four innings.

Ramirez lasted just 3 1/3 innings in his shortest outing of the year, but all eight runs off him were unearned.

"This was my worst game ever. I feel bad for Horacio," DeRosa said. "I'm bouncing the ball all around and we never gave him a chance. People will say just laugh it off, but it's not easy to do. It's very humbling."

Second baseman Marcus Giles and shortstop Jesse Garcia each committed an error in a three-run first inning for Colorado, which Castilla capped with a two-run double.

Gonzalez led off the first with a single, but appeared to be out attempting to steal second. However, Garcia dropped the throw from catcher Eddie Perez . Gonzalez advanced to third on a sacrifice by Royce Clayton , who reached safely when Ramirez hesitated before throwing to first. Todd Helton followed with a grounder to second, but Giles threw the ball past Garcia and into left field as Gonzalez scored, tying the game at 1-1. Castilla then doubled to deep right center.

The Rockies scored three more runs in the second with the help of an error by DeRosa and a balk by Ramirez. Estes singled and Gonzalez reached on an error by DeRosa. Ramirez walked Clayton to load the bases and thne balked a run home. Helton hit a sacrifice fly and Castilla capped the inning with a single, giving the Rockies a 6-1 lead.

DeRosa committed his second error of the game in the third inning and added two more in the fourth, when the Rockies scored two more unearned runs. Helton singled and Castilla walked with one out and Cox replaced Ramirez. Reliever Antonio Alfonseca struck out Charles Johnson and appeared to be out of the inning when Matt Holliday hit a grounder to third, but DeRosa booted it to load the bases. Kit Pellow followed with a hard grounder to third which DeRosa gloved while moving to his right, but threw the ball over the head of first baseman Julio Franco . Pellow was credited with an RBI single and DeRosa was given a throwing error.

Giles hit a solo homer in the sixth inning, but his throwing error in the bottom of the inning allowed another run to score before Gonzalez hit a three-run homer for the Rockies, opening a 12-2 lead.

Shawn Estes (4-1) picked up his team-leading fourth win, allowing four runs and 10 hits in seven innings. He also had two hits and scored twice.

"Glad I could go out there and pitch the way I did so the bullpen could get some rest," Estes said. "Certainly, those six runs early helped us out."

The loss capped a 5-7 road trip for the Braves, who split a day-night doubleheader here on Saturday.


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