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Pitching battle
Marquis outduels Lowe in Colorado's 5-1 win

ATLANTA - Jason Marquis outdueled Derek Lowe, and Dexter Fowler drove in one run and scored another in the Colorado Rockies' 5-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

Marquis (5-3) scattered five hits and allowed one run in eight innings to end a two-start losing streak. He struck out three and walked three.

Lowe (5-2) was attempting to become the NL's first six-game winner. He allowed two runs, three hits and one walk in eight innings, losing for the first time in five starts. He dropped to 7-7 against the Rockies but improved his ERA 20 points to 4.50 in 17 career starts.

Colorado, which had lost three out of four and seven of 10, snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Braves have lost two straight and three of four. Atlanta dropped to 6-11 at Turner Field, where they have lost 11 of 14.

Fowler, who gave Colorado a 1-0 lead in third with an RBI groundout, doubled leading off the sixth. He moved to third on a groundout and made it 2-1 on Todd Helton's fielder's choice grounder.

The Braves tied it at 1 in the sixth on a double-play grounder by Casey Kotchman.

The Rockies scored three runs in the ninth. Eric O'Flaherty relieved Lowe to start the inning and Troy Tulowitzki singled and Helton reached on shortstop Yunel Escobar's fielding error.

Peter Moylan, who relieved O'Flaherty, gave up consecutive RBI singles to Chris Iannetta and pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs. Iannetta scored from third on Clint Barmes' grounder, which third baseman Chipper Jones misplayed for an error.

Marquis, whom Atlanta drafted between the first and second rounds in 1996, came up through the Braves' farm system and made his debut in the majors four years later. He was traded to St. Louis the following winter after a 2003 season that included 19 relief appearances, two starts and a 0-0 record with a 5.53 ERA.

In his first four starts against the Braves, Marquis went 0-3 with a 14.04 ERA. After giving up six hits and two runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 10-2 win for the Chicago Cubs over the Braves last Aug. 13, Marquis is 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his last two starts against Atlanta.

Notes: Helton, one hit shy of becoming the 255th player with 2,000 hits, finished 0 for 4. ... Braves LHP Tom Glavine, on the DL all season with a sore shoulder, threw three simulated innings and hopes to make a rehab start Saturday. ... Atlanta CF Jordan Schafer made an over-the-shoulder catch a few feet from the wall to rob Fowler of an extra-base hit in the third.