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Colorado rocks Maddux

It didn't take long to realize Greg Maddux didn't have it Sunday.

Vinny Castilla doubled home two runs in the first inning and later homered twice to take over the major-league lead with 11 as the Colorado Rockies beat Maddux and the Braves 7-6.

Colorado led 6-0 after three innings against Maddux, a four-time NL Cy Young Award winner.

"He wasn't as sharp as he usually is," Castilla said. "In the first inning, he threw me a fastball down the middle with an 0-and-2 count. That's something that usually never happens."

Castilla was 4-for-4 with five RBI. He had a two-run homer in the third, a single in the fifth and a homer in the eighth off Mike Cather. Castilla also leads the NL with 32 RBI.

Maddux (2-2) was pounded for six runs and 10 hits in five innings, throwing 94 pitches. His ERA, second best in the league at 1.35 entering the game, soared to 2.40.

"I made a lot of mistakes," Maddux said. "I left some pitches up. I didn't get away with anything. Usually, you get away with some mistakes. Not (Sunday)."

It was the most runs and hits he allowed in 60 starts since June 7, 1996, when the Rockies got seven earned runs and 11 hits in 3 innings. Maddux had gone 217 starts without allowing as many as four runs in the first inning.

Colorado, which has won five straight at Turner Field, completed a two-game sweep.

Atlanta scored four in the fourth on Andres Galarraga's run-scoring single, Eddie Perez's two-run single and Andruw Jones' two-run homer, his fourth of the season.

PIRATES 6, PADRES 0: Jon Lieber allowed three hits in eight-plus innings and Doug Strange's run-scoring single snapped a string of 20 scoreless innings for Pittsburgh as the visiting Pirates beat Kevin Brown and San Diego.

Brown allowed three runs and 10 hits in eight innings, struck out seven and walked none. He hadn't lost consecutive starts since July 21 and 27 while with Florida.

He didn't even make it to the clubhouse before finding something to break, ripping a large, heavy wood Padres logo off the wall in a hallway leading to the clubhouse.

Lieber might have gotten his first shutout in 81 career starts had he not walked Steve Finley leading off the ninth. Manager Gene Lamont thought Lieber was tiring, so he went with Ricardo Rincon.

"I've never had a shutout and I really wanted to bury it," Lieber said. "I felt fine. I just walked a guy. There's nothing I can do about it. I'm not the manager."

REDS-METS, PPD.: The Mets' game against visiting Cincinnati was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 19.

Rocky outings

Greg Maddux gets shelled about as often as he wins Cy Young Awards _ roughly once a year. Since 1993, Maddux has allowed five or more earned runs seven times. Before you gasp at these ghastly lines, keep in mind Oakland's team ERA last season was 5.48:

Team, year IP H R ER BB K

Rockies ('98) 5 10 6 6 1 5

at Phillies ('97) 5 7 5 5 0 2

Phillies ('96) 8 7 6 6 1 7

at Rockies ('96) 3 11 7 7 1 1

Reds ('95) 6 8 5 5 5 8

Rockies ('95) 8 8 6 5 1 7

at Expos ('94) 6 9 5 5 4 6

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