The Colorado Rockies (12-13) jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning, only to watch Guillermo Moscoso give up six runs in 4 1/3 innings, eventually ending in a 9-8 loss to the Atlanta Braves (16-11) last night in Denver. The two teams go at it again tonight at 6:10 at Coors Field (TV: Root Sports).

The Rockies fell to 3-4 on a homestand full of late-inning action but lacking in early-game efficiency. Just twice has the starter lasted more than five innings. Jhoulys Chacin pitched his way to a demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs with a bad outing Tuesday night in a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers. Moscoso, having given up 12 earned runs in 9 1/3 innings in two starts on the homestand, is in danger of ending up back in Triple-A.

Official: Friday’s Box Score.

“The effort tonight, again, A-plus, that’s all you can say about it; we left it all out there,” manager Jim Tracy said.

“But the unfortunate thing, as far as I’m concerned, is when you face a starter of the caliber of Tim Hudson, to ding him as badly as we did in the first inning of the game and then let them get back in … 4 1/3 innings from the starting pitcher, roughly as many balls as there were strikes. And as a result of the outing we let them back into the game and used more bullpen innings than starter innings.”

In the bottom of the 11th, Todd Helton’s groundout accounted for his third RBI of the night before Michael Cuddyer grounded out to end the game at the four-hour mark.

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[ColoradoRockies.com]