Series: Game 1 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 1-0 (as of 9/5)

Game 1: Friday, September 5
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Game 2: Saturday, September 6
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Game 3: Sunday, September 7
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Dodgers 8

(73-66, 32-35 away)

Rockies 7

(65-77, 45-25 home)

    9:05 PM ET, September 5, 2003

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    LA 011130200 8 17 3
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    W: G. Mota (5-2)

    L: S. Reed (5-3)

    S: E. Gagne (48)

    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 season.

    "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.

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