Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/22)

Game 1: Wednesday, July 21
LA Dodgers5
Game 2: Thursday, July 22
LA Dodgers4

Rockies 2

(39-56, 17-31 away)

Dodgers 4

(55-39, 30-18 home)

    3:10 PM ET, July 22, 2004

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: G. Mota (8-3)

    L: T. Harikkala (4-2)

    S: E. Gagne (28)

    2-run HR in 8th enough for closer

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After stranding two baserunners in each of his first two at-bats and getting hit by a pitch his next time up, Milton Bradley was looking for some redemption. He also was looking for a fat pitch he could drive.

    Not Quite Gagne
    Shawn Chacon was an All-Star as a starter last year, but he was easily the best option for a Rockies team that didn't have the money to get a big-name closer and not much to choose from within the organization.

    It hasn't been as smooth as Chacon or the sagging Rockies would have liked.

    Struggling with his command -- 31 walks in 41 1/3 innings -- and the urgency that comes with pitching in tight games, Chacon has been either very good or very bad.

    Chacon has blown seven of 28 chances and is in line to become the first pitcher in major league history to save 20 games and have an ERA over 7.00. He had a 7.40 ERA heading into the weekend.

    Chacon has allowed at least two runs in nine of his 42 appearances -- all an inning or less -- and has given up 49 hits, including nine homers.

    -- The Associated Press

    Bradley got one from Colorado reliever Tim Harikkala in the eighth inning Thursday and hit a go-ahead, two-run homer that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to another comeback victory. They beat the Rockies 4-2 for their 15th win in 17 games.

    "We know we're able to come back, so we know the game's not over at any point," said Bradley, who tied Monday night's game at Houston with a home run before Shawn Green followed with a go-ahead homer. "But you don't want to make a habit out of getting behind."

    Aaron Cook pitched seven gritty innings for Colorado in a spirited duel with Odalis Perez and handed a 2-1 lead to Harikkala (4-2).

    But Adrian Beltre led off the eighth with a single, and Bradley drove an 0-1 fastball down the right-field line and into the second deck for his career-high 11th home run. He became the 12th player to homer into the loge level at Dodger Stadium, and the first Dodger since Hiram Bocachica on June 19, 2001.

    "I know I was frustrated to that point," Bradley said. "I was getting the ball right down the middle and hitting the ball weakly around the infield. So I was glad to finally put the bat head on something.

    "It was fair coming off the bat and I knew I had enough of it. It kind of hooked toward the end, but it went right around the pole. Usually when I hit balls like that, they go foul. But I'm glad that one stayed fair."

    Green followed with a single and scored two outs later on pinch-hitter Jason Grabowski's double off the glove of left fielder Matt Holliday at the warning track.

    Guillermo Mota (8-3) pitched one inning for the win. Eric Gagne struck out all three batters in the ninth for his 28th save in 29 attempts and seventh in a row since his record 84-game streak was snapped.

    Perez allowed a run and four hits over seven innings and was done after just 81 pitches. The left-hander, who struck out three and walked two, took his warmups for the eighth -- but was lifted after Jeromy Burnitz was sent up to pinch-hit for Cook.

    Mota retired Burnitz, but Aaron Miles followed with triple to left field under the glove of a diving Dave Roberts. Miles scored on Royce Clayton's sacrifice fly to center field, barely getting his hand across the plate under Paul Lo Duca's tag after a perfect one-hop throw by Bradley.

    "I didn't want to concede a base hit to Miles, let it drop at my feet and have the go-ahead run be on base," Roberts said. "I might have been guilty of trying to do too much. I left some guys on base early in the game, so I wanted to make a defensive play. But when you're winning baseball games, people step up -- and Milton picked me up huge today."

    Cook allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings while stranding eight baserunners. He struck out one and walked two.

    "I'm feeling more confident, and more and more every day like I belong here," Cook said. "I want to get the ball every fifth day and be able to keep the team in the game."

    The Dodgers put two on in each of the first four innings, but Cook escaped unscathed each time. Bradley hit a comebacker to the mound, ending the first threat, then grounded into an inning-ending double play in the third. Roberts grounded out in the second with two runners in scoring position, then ended the fourth with another comebacker.

    Los Angeles finally broke through in the fifth. Cesar Izturis led off with a single, advanced on a wild pitch and continued to third on catcher Todd Green's throwing error before Beltre drove him in with a sharp single through a drawn-in infield.

    The Rockies tied it with two outs in the sixth, when Vinny Castilla hit his 18th homer and second in two days. It was his 78th RBI, two more than he had last season. The two-time All-Star, in his second stint with the Rockies, drove in 100 or more runs in four consecutive seasons with Colorado from 1996-99.

    Game notes

    Castilla played in at 3B to guard against possible bunts by Roberts and Izturis in the first inning. Castilla grabbed Roberts' line drive, but Izturis' liner went off his glove for a single. ... Rockies OF Larry Walker wasn't in the starting lineup because of the noon start following a night game. He also is 0-for-12 lifetime against Perez. ... The Rockies botched a rundown play in the fourth. Alex Cora was trapped off second base by C Green's throw -- but Cora ducked a tag by 2B Miles and scampered back to second safely after Miles ran over him.

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