"We can't overlook what Brian has contributed in September,''
manager Jim Tracy said. "Add him to the mix of Shawn Green and
Eric Karros and all of a sudden you have a formidable middle of our
The Dodgers, who had lost their previous two games, began the
day one game behind San Francisco in the NL wild-card race. The
Giants played later Saturday night against San Diego.
Jordan, in his first year with the Dodgers, has four homers and
16 RBIs in 13 games this month. Jordan played in the postseason the
last three years with Atlanta.
"Brian is making a statement for himself,'' Tracy said. "That
is a big statement from a guy that has been involved in situations
like this at this time of the year where you are not just playing
games to finish the season, but looking ahead to games in
Odalis Perez (14-9) allowed two runs in five innings to improve
to 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA in four starts this year against the
Jordan hit his 17th homer of the year, and Green and Karros had
three RBI each for the Dodgers, who finished with 20 hits.
"I normally play well in August and September. This is my time
of year,'' Jordan said. "But to be with a new team and be in a
pennant race down the stretch, I'm just trying to relax and go out
there and perform in September.''
It got so bad for Colorado that the Rockies used third baseman
Todd Zeile to pitch the ninth.
Zeile, pitching for the first time in his 14-year career, threw
mostly knuckleballs and never topped 75 mph. He allowed a single to
Cesar Izturis, got Chad Kreuter to hit into a double play and
struck out Wilkin Ruan and had the crowd of 28,118 cheering with
every strike he threw.
"I felt for all the people that waited around all day and put
up with our ineptitude and mediocrity and deserved a treat.''
Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.
Los Angeles pounded Colorado starter Victor Santos (0-4) for six
runs and nine hits in 1 2/3 innings. Santos, making his ninth
career start and first in more than a year, allowed RBI singles by
Green, Karros, Beltre and Mark Grudzielanek as the Dodgers scored
four runs in the first inning.
"Santos didn't miss many bats,'' Hurdle said. "Neither did
Jordan homered to left with Paul Lo Duca aboard in the second
inning to extend the Los Angeles lead to 6-0.
The Dodgers batted around again off Flores in a six-run third
inning highlighted by Jordan's two-run double and a two-run homer
by Beltre. Karros also had a two-run single in the inning.
Los Angeles led 15-2 after Mike Kinkade's two-run single in the
"This game was critical for us after the last couple of games
here,'' Tracy said. "We could have easily have lost and dropped
another game behind the Giants, but we didn't.''
Beltre returned to the lineup after being benched one game
for a 1-for-16 slump. ... The Dodgers are 64-16 when scoring four
or more runs. ... Luke Allen and Joe Thurston had their first
career hits for Los Angeles. ... Karros has 74 RBI and a career
.370 batting average at Coors Field. ... The Dodgers tied a major
league record by using six pinch-hitters in the sixth inning. ...
Santos is the 60th pitcher to start a game in the 10-year history
of the Rockies. ... Hurdle was jeered when he removed Santos in the