Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Atlanta leads 1-0 (as of 5/17)

Game 1: Friday, May 17
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Colorado 2
Game 2: Saturday, May 18
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Colorado 7
Game 3: Sunday, May 19
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Colorado 1

Braves 4

(22-21, 11-10 away)

Rockies 2

(19-23, 12-9 home)

    9:05 PM ET, May 17, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: T. Glavine (6-2)

    L: J. Thomson (5-3)

    S: J. Smoltz (12)

    Glavine again enjoys working his magic at Coors

    DENVER (AP) -- Tom Glavine feels comfortable at Coors Field. That doesn't mean he wants to pitch there every night.

    Glavine worked into the seventh inning and hit an RBI single, and Wes Helms homered to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

    Glavine (6-2) gave up two runs -- one earned -- on six hits in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 3-1 career at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

    "It's a great ballpark to pitch in," said Glavine, the only pitcher with two shutouts at Colorado's home field. "I don't know if I'd want to pitch here 15 times a year, but once a year is nice."

    Glavine earned his 230th victory, moving past Luis Tiant and Sam Jones for 53rd on the career list. Charlie Buffington is next with 231 wins.

    Glavine hasn't lost at Coors since June 9, 1997, and he has a 3.21 ERA in eight games there.

    "I enjoy the challenge of pitching here," said Glavine, who has lost just four times in his last 31 starts. "I'm not intimidated by pitching here because my style of pitching, if I execute my gameplan, the ballpark really doesn't have much of an effect on me."

    John Smoltz pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.

    Colorado starter John Thomson (5-3) allowed four runs on nine hits in seven innings to lose for the first time in five starts. He had won his last three decisions.

    Thomson walked four after not allowing a free pass for a stretch of 80 batters. He struck out five.

    "There were games here where we would have been proud to get a four-run game from our starting pitching," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We got it from him and he continues to show why he is emerging as one of the best right-handed starters in the league."

    A fan sitting behind the Braves dugout was injured in the second inning when Atlanta's Javy Lopez accidentally threw his bat into the stands. The woman was hit in the head after Lopez lost control of the bat swinging on a pitch by Thomson.

    Medical personnel attended to the woman for several minutes before she was helped from her seat and up the steps. She was holding a towel to her forehead as she walked away.

    Rockies officials said the woman received a few stitches and was taken to Denver General Hospital as a precaution.

    Helms opened the scoring with his third homer of the season in the second inning, a solo shot to center.

    The Braves went up 2-0 in the fourth on a single by Glavine, his second RBI of the season, and scored again in the fifth on an RBI single by Gary Sheffield.

    Andruw Jones made 4-1 in the sixth, doubling off the wall after Thomson intentionally walked Chipper Jones with Rafael Furcal on second.

    Colorado pulled to 3-1 in the fifth inning on a squeeze bunt by Thomson. Gary Bennett scored after reaching third on a single and the first error of the season by center fielder Andruw Jones.

    Bennett also drove in a run with a single in the seventh inning to finish 3-for-3.

    Colorado, which scored 17 runs in its previous two games, had just six hits.

    "Our guy pitched well and their guy pitched really, really well," Hurdle said. "He made pitches when we had chances. That's what makes him one of the elite pitchers in the game."

    Glavine allowed five runs in six innings in his last outing, a 6-5 loss to San Diego on Sunday. Atlanta has scored 46 runs in his 10 starts this season.

    The victory didn't come without a cost.

    Shortstop Mark DeRosa left with ligament damage to his right ankle after leading off the fifth with double. Braves manager Bobby Cox said DeRosa's foot gave out after he rounded first base and that the injury might be serious.

    "It's too bad because he's been on a roll," Cox said. "I hate to see him go down. You pull for guys like that. It was his turn to play, he had earned it and he was going to have it for a long time."

    DeRosa has a six-game hitting streak after going 2-for-3 against the Rockies, and is batting .344 in 23 games.

    Game notes


    Colorado recognized Atlanta's Vinny Castilla and Darren Holmes, both former Rockies, before the game as part of its 10-year anniversary celebration. ... Atlanta is 31-17 in Denver, the best winning percentage of any Colorado opponent. ... Colorado 1B ToddHelton has started every game this season.

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