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Not again!

August 18, 2002

(Atlanta-AP) -- Larry Walker homered twice and Jay Payton had four hits as the Colorado Rockies handed Atlanta consecutive losses for the first time in more than a month, beating the Braves 6-to-3 today.

Payton homered and tied his career high with four of 13 hits off Greg Maddux, who came in leading the NL with a 2.51 ERA. The four-time Cy Young winner had not given up that many hits in a game since the New York Yankees also had 13 on June third, 2000.

Walker, who had four R-B-Is, hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh against Maddux (11-5), a 414-foot shot on an 0h-2 pitch. The Rockies slugger added his 25th of the season, a two-run shot in the ninth off Kerry Ligtenberg.

Payton singled three times before hitting his 10th homer in the seventh, giving the Rockies a 4-to-2 lead. The Braves, despite baseball's best record, have lost two in a row to the Rockies at Turner Field. It's the first losing streak for Atlanta since it dropped three in a row July 13-15.

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