The Associated Press
DENVER - Mark Sweeney's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run, and the Colorado Rockies ended a seven-game losing streak to the Atlanta Braves with a 3-2 win in the first game of a split doubleheader Saturday.
Vinny Castilla drew a bases-loaded walk from Mike Hampton in the fifth to tie it in Colorado's first win over Atlanta since Aug. 18, 2002.
Vladimir Nunez (3-0) worked a scoreless eighth for the win, and Shawn Chacon got three outs for his sixth save in seven chances.
With the score tied, Charles Johnson reached on an infield hit to lead off the eighth and Kit Pellow sent him to third with a one-out single to right against Chris Reitsma (1-1). Sweeney followed with a fly to center that scored Johnson and gave Colorado the lead.
The Rockies scored twice in the fifth to erase a 2-0 deficit. Pinch-hitter Todd Greene drove in Matt Holliday with a double to right to make it 2-1. Aaron Miles singled and Royce Clayton walked to load the bases, and Braves starter Hampton walked Castilla to tie it.
Hampton pitched the first five innings and gave up two runs and five hits in failing to pick up his first win of the season. Hampton, a member of the Rockies from 2001-2002, was booed when introduced before every plate appearance.
Joe Kennedy allowed two runs and six hits in five innings - his shortest outing of the season for Colorado.
Atlanta scored twice in the third to take a 2-0 lead. Andruw Jones singled and J.D. Drew followed with an RBI triple. Johnny Estrada was intentionally walked, and Damon Hollins scored Drew with an RBI double to left.
Colorado had a chance to break it open with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh against Kevin Gryboski, but Castilla lined out to shortstop and Jeromy Burnitz grounded out to end the inning.
Giants 6, Marlins 3
SAN FRANCISCO - A.J. Pierzynski hit a tiebreaking, two-run single and also had a triple among his three hits for San Francisco.
Pierzynski was criticized anonymously by several teammates in recent days for his work ethic and it showed up in a newspaper Friday. It appears to have motivated the fiery catcher, who pumped his fist when he stepped on first base following his seventh-inning single.
Jason Schmidt (2-2) struck out nine in seven innings and earned his second win this week. Matt Herges got four outs for his ninth save in 10 chances.
The Giants added two runs in the eighth on Marquis Grissom's double that right fielder Damion Easley chased down but couldn't keep in his glove.
Schmidt earned his first win of the season in the Giants' 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night. The right-hander won 17 games last season and led the NL in ERA, but the Giants have struggled to score runs for him.
He fell behind 2-0 Saturday in the first inning, when the Marlins scored one run on a passed ball and another on Mike Lowell's RBI double.
Carl Pavano (2-1) pitched 7 2-3 effective innings and hit his first career home run, a solo shot into the left-field seats off Schmidt in the fifth to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead.
The Marlins had won each of Pavano's previous five starts. They are 9-3 in his last 12 turns and 14-4 in his last 18 games dating to July 22, 2003.
Barry Bonds went 0-for-1 with four intentional walks.
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