After three games and 13 innings, Randall Simon had seen enough of Coors Field.
Simon hit a tiebreaking single in the 14th inning, and the Braves went on to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-7 Thursday to pull within a half-game of the first-place New York Mets in the NL East.
"I was tired of being here and because we were in the 14th inning, I knew the team was tired, too," said Simon, back with the Braves after eight games at Triple-A Richmond. "So I said to myself, `It is up to me. If I want to go home, I have to get a base hit. And I did.' "
"That team over there drives us nuts," Cox said. "It is about time some luck came our way here."
Jeff Barry drove in a career-high five runs with a two-run homer and a three-run double for Colorado, which lost for the third time in 49 games when leading after eight innings.
"This one was tough, and anybody that says that our team isn't playing hard and has quit is a fool," Colorado manager Jim Leyland said. "You saw what that club went through and how hard it battled."
The teams took turns wasting late-inning leads.
Jeff Shumpert and Lenny Harris hit two-out singles, Rudy Seanez walked Vinny Castilla, John Rocker walked Angel Echevarria with the bases loaded and Jeff Barry hit a three-run double over the of center fielder Andruw Jones.
"The whole key was the walks," Veres said. "I've walked seven the last three days and hadn't walked 16 before this series."
Rocker has five blown saves in 31 chances, while Veres has six in 29 opportunities.
Kile gave up four runs and six hits in eight innings. Braves starter John Smoltz, allowed two runs and five hits in six innings and struck out eight. He hasn't won in nine starts since June 18, the longest winless streak of his major league career.
"Smoltz threw terrific," Cox said. "Even the pitch that Barry hit out was good."
Ryan Klesko's RBI double in the first put Atlanta ahead, but Barry's homer gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead in the second.
©1999 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed