Braves Tapped by Rockies

ATLANTA (AP) - Garrett Atkins hit a three-run home run to back Jeff Francis and the Colorado Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 9 to 2 Friday night.

Francis (12-5) allowed a run and six hits in six innings. The left-hander, who has won seven straight decisions, didn't walk any and struck out eight. He's 7-and- his last ten starts and 11-and-1 in his last 17 starts.

Kazuo Matsui went 3-for-5 and scored three runs for the Rockies. Mark Teixeira hit a solo home run in the ninth, his third in three games since being traded to Atlanta from Texas.

The Rockies, who have won five of six, moved a season-high four games over .500 (56-52) for the first time since finishing a sweep of the New York Yankees on June 21, before going on a 1-9 road trip.

Colorado scored two unearned runs in the opening inning off John Smoltz (10-6) when Teixeira booted a two-out, bases loaded grounder off the bat of Brad Hawpe, scoring Willy Tavaras, who doubled and Matsui, who had singled.

Colorado added two more runs in the second on a two-out double by Matt Holliday, scoring Matsui and Yorvit Torrealba, who reached on singles, for a 4-0 lead.

The three-run homer by Atkins in the seventh made it 7-1 and ended the night for Smoltz. Atkins went 3-for-5, including a double in the third and a single in the ninth.

Troy Tulowitzki added a two-run single in the ninth.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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