Jim Tracy wasn't sure what happened. All of a sudden, the ball was rolling behind the pitcher's mound, and Juan Francisco was racing home with a run for the Atlanta Braves.
As it turned out, with the only run of the game.
An inexplicable error on a routine toss from the catcher to pitcher wound up costing the Colorado Rockies a second straight 1-0 loss to the Braves on Thursday. In both games, the only run was unearned -- the first time a team has won back-to-back games that way in more than 28 years.
''It's very difficult to take,'' said Tracy, the Colorado manager.
Tim Hudson (14-5) pitched seven scoreless innings for the Braves, but this game will be remembered for the catch his counterpart didn't make -- on a play that every pitcher from Little League to the big leagues does without even thinking.
After making a pitch in the second, Jhoulys Chacin dropped the ball when his catcher threw it back. While the Rockies starter frantically scrambled...