Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Dodgers won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, August 29
LA Dodgers6
Game 2: Saturday, August 30
LA Dodgers5
Game 3: Sunday, August 31
LA Dodgers3

Rockies 0

(65-74, 20-50 away)

Dodgers 3

(71-64, 40-29 home)

    8:10 PM ET, August 31, 2003

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: O. Perez (11-10)

    L: D. Oliver (10-10)

    S: E. Gagne (46)

    Los Angeles 3, Colorado 0

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After tying the major league record with his 54th consecutive save, Eric Gagne was tempted to let a lookalike stand in and answer reporters' questions.

    The Los Angeles Dodgers held a Gagne lookalike contest before Sunday night's 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies, and the winner was a dead ringer for the major leagues' saves leader. But nothing could duplicate the real one.

    "It's a good record because every time get one, it's going to be a win," Gagne said. "I don't care about saves or blown saves. I just want to go out there and give my best for the team after they play hard for eight innings. It's all about wins. I'm having fun out there, and that's what it's all about."

    Gagne, moved to the bullpen during spring training last year after two mediocre seasons as a starter, preserved the victory for Odalis Perez (11-10) and equaled the mark Tom Gordon set with Boston in 1998-99.

    Gagne gave up a hit and struck out two in the ninth, for his 46th save this season without a miss -- also a major league record.

    The Canadian-born right-hander's last blown save during the regular season -- and his only one at Dodger Stadium the last two years -- was last Aug. 26 against Arizona.

    "When anybody ever asks me who's the toughest pitcher I've ever faced, I say Robb Nen. But Gagne is right there with him, as far as guys I call unhittable," Colorado's Todd Helton said. "When you save as many games as he has and get to that point, it almost is game over."

    Perez rebounded from the worst outing of his career and held the Rockies to five hits in seven innings. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth after surrendering 10 runs and 10 hits over 4 2-3 innings last Tuesday in an 18-4 loss at Houston.

    "If I can have one bad start every five, I'll have a Hall of Famer's numbers," Perez said. "You're going to have games like that. I mean, I saw Pedro Martinez yesterday against the Yankees, and they hit him like he was nobody. I'm not saying I'm Pedro Martinez, but we are in the same sport -- and sometimes, you're going to have bad outings."

    Two of the hits against Perez were by Colorado starter Darren Oliver (10-10). The left-hander pitched eight innings, allowing three runs and four hits. All the runs were unearned -- the result of shortstop Juan Uribe's fielding error on Paul Lo Duca's grounder in the seventh.

    The Dodgers' only hit through the first six innings was an infield single up the middle by Jolbert Cabrera, who was awarded an extra base when second baseman Ronnie Belliard's hurried throw skipped into the dugout.

    "Darren pitched great," batterymate Charles Johnson said. "I don't think he was that rattled by the error, but sometimes when things happen like that, it opens the door."

    Jeromy Burnitz drove in the first run with a single over left fielder Jay Payton's head -- after Adrian Beltre and Ron Coomer both popped out to shortstop with runners at the corners. Cabrera followed with a two-run double inside third base, helping the Dodgers complete their second three-game sweep of the Rockies at home this season.

    It's the first time in their 11-year history that the Rockies went 0-for-Los Angeles. The defeat was the eighth straight on the road for the Rockies, whose 20-50 road record is the second-worst in the majors. They finished the month 13-17 -- their worst August ever.

    The Rockies, who lost 5-0 Saturday night, have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 30-31 of last season at San Diego. The Dodgers recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since July 1-2, 2002, at Arizona.

    Colorado hasn't scored in 23 consecutive innings since the fourth inning Friday night, when Payton hit his second two-run homer of the game.

    "They look good," Johnson said. "Even though they've had some tough injuries to some key hitters in their lineup, they've still been able to battle, and without a doubt, their pitching is definitely keeping them where they need to be."

    The Rockies loaded the bases in the sixth with two outs, but Rickey Henderson sprinted into short left field to grab Rene Reyes' broken-bat fly.

    Game notes

    The winner the Gagne lookalike contest was 25-year-old John Ricondo of Sherman Oaks, Calif. ... Although rosters expand Sept. 1, the Rockies didn't plan on calling up any players until they get home from their two-game series at San Francisco. ... Oliver has struck out more than four only once in his last 21 starts -- when he fanned nine Dodgers in an 8-3 win on July 23. ... Gagne and Gordon each blew a save on the national stage during their respective streaks -- Gordon in Game 4 of the 1998 AL division series against Cleveland, and Gagne in this year's All-Star game.

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