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Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2005 12:24 AM EDT



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Rockies 10 15 1 WP: Francis (14-12)
LP: Davies (7-5)  
Braves 5 11 1
Braves sit starters, lose to Rockies

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- A night after clinching their 14th straight division title, the Atlanta Braves pretty much took the night off.

Without Andruw Jones , Chipper Jones or John Smoltz seeing any action, the Braves dropped a 10-5 decision to the Colorado Rockies in the rubber game of a three-game set.

Marcus Giles hit two home runs and Adam LaRoche added a solo shot Tuesday as the Braves posted a 12-3 victory to wrap up the National League East title.

Already locked into the NL's second seed, the Braves had just two regulars in the lineup - outfielder Ryan Langerhans and platoon first baseman Julio Franco - and both teams combined to start 14 rookies. It was the most rookies to start a major league game since September 24, 2003, when 14 started for Cleveland and Minnesota.

"It was good just to rest our guys," said Braves utility infielder Pete Orr , who matched a career high with three hits. "I think as a team we're excited (about the playoffs). It's a tough loss though."

Atlanta had a pair of two-run leads but could not hold either one.

Matt Holliday had an RBI double and Garrett Atkins drove in a run in the third to tie the game, 2-2. After the Braves scored two in the fifth, Todd Greene hit an RBI double in the sixth and Clint Barmes capped the frame with a two-run two-base hit to give the Rockies a 5-4 lead.

"I found a hole," Barmes said. "That doesn't happen very often. It was a great situation."

Colorado added a run in the seventh and four more in the ninth. Holliday went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Rockies, who recorded 15 hits.

"We got behind twice tonight and we got behind in the first game (of the series)," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We continue to play the game and push. Everybody contributed."

Jeff Francis (14-12) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings to pick up the win.

Rookie Kyle Davies (7-5) started in place of Smoltz, who was resting a sore right shoulder, and yielded five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

After securing their 14th consecutive division title the night before, the only questions surrounding the Braves is who is going to be on the postseason roster.

In this one, outfielder Brian Jordan made a last minute bid to make the club. Starting in only his second game since June 29, the 14-year veteran finished 2-for-5 with a triple.

Most impressively, Jordan showed his speed by taking second base on a fly ball to left.

"There's no doubt (I want to be on the postseason roster)," Jordan said. "That's what you work for. You've been there, done it and know what to expect. That's where you've got to lay it on the line. (I wanted to show them) that it's the same Brian Jordan , just getting a chance to play."

Possibly losing a spot on the roster was former closer Dan Kolb , who surrendered four runs and six hits in the ninth inning.

Atlanta area native Chuck James became the 18th rookie used by Cox this season. The lefthander, who began the year in Class A Myrtle Beach, surrendered one run and two hits in two innings.

"I was definitely nervous," James admitted. "When I first went out there, I couldn't feel my legs."

Langerhans drove in two runs with a single in the first and Andy Marte capped the scoring for Atlanta, which completed a 5-4 regular season-ending nine game homestand.

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