Los Angeles 8, Colorado 7


DENVER (AP) -- When starter Kazuhisa Ishii faltered, his Los
Angeles Dodgers teammates picked him up.

Adrian Beltre went 4-for-5, homered twice and drove in three
runs, helping the Dodgers rally past the Colorado Rockies 8-7
Friday night. Todd Hundley also hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer.

Ishii departed after three innings, but the Dodgers bullpen
responded with six scoreless innings, including closer Eric Gagne's
48th consecutive save this season and 56th straight dating to last
season, both major league records.

Los Angeles rebounded from 6-1 and 7-2 deficits and sent
Colorado to a season-high sixth straight loss. The Dodgers have won
six of their last eight games and remained three games behind
Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race.

"It's a fantastic game for us to win in the manner in which we
won it," manager Jim Tracy said. "Ishii didn't have it. To
respond the way we did and pick him up and get contributions from
this entire club is noteworthy, especially at this point of the

"The relief pitching that we got -- doing it in this ballpark
makes it that much more special. We had 17 hits and one of the
biggest ones we got was the three-run homer that Todd Hundley hit
for us off the bench. That was a huge home run to get us back to
within one."

Beltre, only 3-for-22 on the Dodgers' just-completed homestand,
broke out of his slump in a hurry.

"Beltre's performance was something," Tracy said. "We've seen
this guy when he starts to swing the bat."

Gagne said the bullpen "did a great job. Everyone that came
into the game didn't give up anything. It made a big difference.
Today we just took it away from them, and that's what we need to
do. We need to win every single game."

Hundley's three-run homer in the fifth cut the deficit to 7-6.

Beltre tied it when he led off the seventh with his 18th homer,
which gave him his first multihomer game this season, the third of
his career. With one out, Jolbert Cabrera doubled and scored the
go-ahead run on Alex Cora's single off Steve Reed (5-3).

Rockies starter Denny Stark allowed six runs and 12 hits in five
innings. Ishii gave up seven runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in
three innings.

"We gave Stark a cushion, but he couldn't get it done,"
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "Their bullpen is very
difficult, as everyone knows, to score upon. We couldn't get a
couple of bunts down, and we hit into double plays in the seventh
and eighth to take us out of innings."

Colorado chased Ishii with seven runs in the first three
innings. The Rockies scored three runs in the first, getting RBI
singles from Preston Wilson and Jay Payton. Right fielder Shawn
Green's throwing error let in another run.

Beltre homered leading off the second, but Colorado countered
with three runs in its half, when rookie Garrett Atkins hit a
two-run double and Larry Walker hit a run-scoring single.

The Dodgers strung together four straight singles in the third
but managed only one run. Beltre's single produced the run, and the
Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs, but Cabrera tapped out to
the pitcher.

Charles Johnson led off the Rockies' half with his 17th homer,
making it 7-2 lead.

Paul Lo Duca had a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and the Dodgers
made it 7-6 on the homer by Hundley, who was activated off the
disabled list on Monday.

Colorado loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but
Guillermo Mota (5-2) struck out Johnson.

The Rockies got two runners on with no outs in the seventh, but
Paul Shuey struck out Ronnie Belliard and induced Atkins to ground
into a double play.

Colorado got two runners aboard with one out in the eighth, but
Paul Quantrill got Payton to ground into a double play.

Game notes
Los Angeles OF Dave Roberts was scratched from the starting
lineup with stiffness in his neck. ... The Dodgers' Koyie Hill and
the Rockies' Clint Barmes each had his first major league hit. ...
The Rockies added six new faces to their roster. INF Kit Pellow had
his contract purchased from Triple-A Colorado Springs. INF Garrett
Atkins, INF Clint Barmes, OF Mark Sweeney, RHP Scott Elarton and
RHP Jason Young were recalled from Colorado Springs. ... The
Dodgers began a stretch of 24 games in 24 days. They have only one
more off day (Sept. 15) and have a doubleheader on Sept. 27.