DENVER (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are finding ways to lose
at a time when they need wins the most.
Juan Uribe broke out of a slump with four hits, and Los Angeles
walked in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Colorado
Rockies beat the Dodgers 5-4 Friday night.
Los Angeles, which started the night tied with San Francisco in
the NL wild-card race, lost for the sixth time in seven games.
"Obviously, it's a tough game to lose, but it's one that we
have to flush out of our system,'' Dodger manager Jim Tracy said.
"We have to come back in here tomorrow and go right back to
Colorado's Brent Butler drove in the first run of the seventh
with a single up the middle off Guillermo Mota (1-3), then Juan
Pierre scored from first when Marquis Grissom bobbled the ball in
center field to tie it at 4.
Jesse Orosco got Larry Walker to pop out to third, then
intentionally walked Todd Helton to put runners on first and
second. Paul Shuey followed with consecutive walks to Todd Zeile
and Greg Norton to put the Rockies up 5-4.
"I knew I could get Zeile out and didn't do it,'' Shuey said.
"I have to look at myself hard for this one right there. That is a
tough one for me to take.''
Uribe arrived just an hour before the game because a freeway on
the south side of town was closed due to flooding.
It it didn't seem to bother him.
Uribe had a run-scoring double off the top of the left field
wall in the second, then drove in another run in the fourth with a
triple off the wall in right. He finished 4-for-4 and was a homer
short of hitting for the cycle to end a 3-for-26 slide.
"We need to get him caught in those flood waters more often,''
said Colorado manager Clint Hurdle, whose team has won three
straight and seven of 11. "He is pretty good when he shows up an
hour before game time. We are just going to put one of those indoor
swimming pools by his locker.''
Kent Mercker (3-0) allowed one hit and got one out for the
Jose Jimenez pitched the ninth for his 39th save in 44 chances.
Los Angeles starter Kevin Beirne, making his second career start
and first in two years, worked quickly and was aggressive on the
inside part of the plate. He broke four bats and kept the Rockies
off balance with a fastball that reached into the low 90s and a
slow, big-breaking curveball.
Beirne allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He also
had his first hit in the majors, a single up the middle in the
"I was careful not to pitch from behind and didn't let the
ballpark dictate what I did,'' Beirne said. "I pitched the way I
had to pitch. I didn't make many mistakes.''
Colorado starter Jason Jennings failed in his attempt to tie
franchise records for victories (17) and home victories (10) in a
season. He was hit on the right knee on a run-scoring single by
Paul Lo Duca in the third, but stayed in the game.
"It was important for me to keep us in it, especially after
giving up two in the first,'' said Jennings, who allowed four runs
on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. "I just had to go as many innings
as I could and give us a chance to win, and that's really my job.''
Colorado had runners on first and third with no outs in the
fourth inning, but wound up with just one run.
The Dodgers got a double play when rightfielder Shawn Green
caught Gary Bennett's fly ball and threw out Zeile at home. Uribe
made it 4-2 with a triple, but Beirne struck out Jennings looking
to end the inning.
Beirne's only other start was for the Chicago White Sox on
Sept. 26, 2000, when he gave up three runs and three hits in five
innings in a no-decision against Boston. ... Rockies RHP Mark Corey
cleared waivers Friday and was assigned to Triple-A Colorado
Springs. ... Walker was back in the lineup after missing Thursday's
game with a sore left arm. ... Los Angeles is 10-5 against Colorado