LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Darren Dreifort certainly appeared to be on
his game, striking out a career-high 12.
Yet he credited catcher David Ross for helping him Thursday in
the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies, the seventh
straight win for Los Angeles.
"I really didn't feel like that was my best stuff or I was
feeling that great, but for whatever reason it worked. It kept them
off-balance," Dreifort said. "David Ross did a heck of a job
calling the ballgame, and we got ahead of a lot of hitters."
Brian Jordan went 3-for-3 with a tiebreaking single as the
Dodgers completed a three-game sweep. They are on their longest
winning streak since taking nine straight from June 26 to July 4,
"We've been coming up with some clutch hits in the late
innings, and pitching and defense has been outstanding over this
last week," Dreifort said. "As long as we keep everything going
at the same time, I think we should keep rolling."
Dreifort (4-3) won his third straight decision, giving up three
runs, two hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out four in
the second inning, when pitcher Aaron Cook reached on a wild pitch
after fanning, and struck out the side swinging in the sixth.
"They're playing good baseball," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle
said. "They're pitching well, finding ways to capitalize on
mistakes and putting together timely hits. That's winning baseball.
Hopefully, we can get home and start playing some winning baseball
of our own."
Pitching for the sixth time in seven days, Eric Gagne worked the
ninth, striking out two, for his 18th save and 26th in a row dating
to last season. He has saved the Dodgers' last six victories.
"We're still looking for some opportunity where one knockout
punch gets applied every now and then," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy
said. "It would be nice to get that three-run homer and take the
onus off our bullpen."
The Rockies fell to 6-19 on the road, and have lost 15 of their
last 17 games.
Colorado's Mark Sweeney tied the game at 3-all with one out in
the third with his second RBI double of the game -- the Rockies'
last hit. Jordan put the Dodgers ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the
inning with a RBI single.
"After playing three close games, I think we're just a tad
off,'' Sweeney said. "We realize that we need to get on a roll and
understand that winning is going to cure it. That's what's going to
change this team around."
The Dodgers scored three runs in the second to take a 3-2 lead.
Adrian Beltre hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and shortstop Brent
Butler's throwing error while trying to complete a double play
allowed the second run to score. Dreifort helped himself with a
double that drove in David Ross with the third run.
The Rockies led 2-0 in the first on Sweeney's RBI double that
hit the left-field line and a fielder's choice scored Larry Walker.
Cook (1-4) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings.
Dreifort became the third Dodgers pitcher to strike out
four in one inning, the first since Don Drysdale on April 17, 1965.
Pete Richert also did it in 1962. ... The Dodgers are 8-3 in day
games, winning six of their last seven. ... The rare day game
attracted 27,461. ... Los Angeles begins a six-game road trip
Friday at Milwaukee. ... The Rockies were swept in a three-game
series at Dodger Stadium for the third time. It also happened May
21-23, 1993, and April 5-7 last year.