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Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 3:12 AM EDT



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Braves 9 14 2 WP: Sosa (2-0)
LP: Jennings (1-4)  
Rockies 5 10 2
Six-run first inning sparks Braves over Rockies

DENVER (Ticker) -- Johnny Estrada reminded the Colorado Rockies the inning isn't over until the third out is recorded.

Estrada drove in two runs in a six-run first inning and finished with three hits to lead the Atlanta Braves to their sixth win in seven outings, a 9-5 victory over the Rockies.

Atlanta, which has scored nearly half its runs (79-of-164) with two outs this season, scored all their runs with two outs in this one and set a season high for runs in an inning.

After managing just two hits in his last 17 at-bats, Estrada lined a two-run double into right field against Colorado starter Jason Jennings in the first inning. Ryan Langerhans followed with a two-run single and Raul Mondesi and righthander John Thomson added RBI doubles.

Jennings walked two batters in the inning after he was ahead in the count, 0-2.

"I don't think it's mental," Jennings said. "I think I was just trying to do too much, to make too good of a pitch to get out of that situation. When you try to do that, it usually goes backward."

"We just try to stay focused, do it any way you can," Braves center fielder Andruw Jones said. "When guys start walking people, they have to throw strikes and we've got guys that can hit so if they throw the ball over the plate we're going to hit it."

Marcus Giles had a season-high four hits, including a run-scoring single the fifth, and is 12-for-25 in his last six games after going hitless in his previous 16 at-bats.

"I talked about it last night," Giles said. "Just getting timely hits when we need them and tonight, we got them. I think that's the difference in tonight's game. We just came through when we had to. This game is going to do that to you. You're not going to come through every night."

Jorge Sosa (2-0) replaced Thomson, a former Rockie, with two outs in the fifth and retired three of the four batters he faced.

Jennings (1-4) worked four innings, surrendering seven runs and nine hits with three walks for the Rockies, who have lost 11 of 13.

"When he (Jennings) is good, he's very good," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "But unfortunately, he gets in situations where he can't seem to find his way back on track. We didn't have a shovel big enough to dig ourselves out of that hole in the first inning tonight."

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