Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Colorado leads 2-1 (as of 7/28)

Game 1: Monday, July 26
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Game 2: Tuesday, July 27
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 28
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Game 4: Thursday, July 29
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Dodgers 4

(58-42, 26-23 away)

Rockies 5

(44-57, 24-26 home)

    9:05 PM ET, July 28, 2004

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: S. Reed (2-2)

    L: G. Mota (8-4)

    S: S. Chacon (23)

    Rockies edge Dodgers on Miles' single

    DENVER (AP) -- Putting together another late-inning rally should do nothing but help Colorado's confidence.

    Doing it against baseball's best bullpen certainly will.

    Aaron Miles hit a tiebreaking single off Guillermo Mota in the eighth inning and Jeromy Burnitz homered in his sixth straight home game to tie a team record, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

    "It's good because we know we can do it and it's good because they know we can do it," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

    With the score tied at 4, Burnitz started off the winning rally against Mota (8-4) with a two-out double off the wall in left-center. Charles Johnson followed by fouling off three pitches to draw a walk, then pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney walked to load the bases.

    Miles knocked in the go-ahead run five pitches later, punching a single between third base and shortstop for Colorado's fifth win in six games and the 500th in franchise history.

    This against a Dodgers bullpen that had allowed 16 earned runs in its previous 86 2-3 innings.

    "You don't like to go to their bullpen, but we were right there with them," said Miles, who was 3-for-5 with two RBI. "They cracked, we didn't."

    Steve Reed (2-2) allowed a run and two hits in two innings to pick up the win. Los Angeles had a runner on second with one out after shortstop Royce Clayton's fielding error in the ninth, but Shawn Chacon got the final two outs for his 23rd save in 30 chances.

    It was just one of many chances the NL West-leading Dodgers failed to capitalize on.

    Adrian Beltre hit his 29th homer and Olmedo Saenz hit a two-run shot, but Los Angeles failed to score with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth inning and stranded 12 runners overall to lose consecutive games for the first time since June 25-26.

    "We had some opportunities," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "The big hit is the one we've not been able to get the last two games."

    Rockies starter Jeff Fassero had something to do with it.

    The left-hander gave up at least one hit in each inning, but got through most of the trouble. He pulled his best recovery act in the fourth inning, when he got a double play and a groundout after the Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs.

    Fassero still felt like he had something left when Hurdle came to get him with two on and two outs in the sixth inning, and he responded by throwing the ball into his glove several times before handing it over.

    It probably didn't help that Cesar Izturis tied the game at 3 against reliever Travis Driskill on a dribbler that somehow stayed fair down the first-base line.

    "I had two outs in the sixth and let two guys get on base," said Fassero, who made his 650th career appearance. "I'm disappointed about that, I cost myself a chance to get a win."

    But Los Angeles' lead didn't last long.

    Burnitz put the Rockies back up in the bottom half with a solo homer to right off Jose Lima, his eighth in 10 games and 26th overall. He joined Dante Bichette (1995) as the only Colorado players to hit six homers in six consecutive home games and became the fifth to hit 10 homers in a month.

    "He's on fire," Hurdle said.

    Lima didn't come out for the seventh inning after giving up four runs on nine hits. Beltre at least let him go out with the score tied, leading off the top half with his seventh homer in 13 games since the All-Star break.

    It wasn't much of a comfort to Lima, who was irritated with himself after walking three.

    "Anytime you walk somebody here, 99 percent (of the time) it's like a giving up a leadoff double," Lima said. "This is a tough place to pitch -- (walk) one here and one goes up the middle and they always score."

    Colorado got a run in the first inning on Vinny Castilla's RBI single up the middle, then Saenz put the Dodgers ahead in the third with a two-run homer that cleared the bleachers in left.

    The Rockies tied it in the fourth when Fassero faked a sacrifice and punched a run-scoring single up the middle, then went ahead on Miles' RBI single two pitches later.

    Fassero was thrown out by right fielder Shawn Green trying to go from first to third on Miles' hit. The crowd appreciated the 41-year-old's effort, giving him a standing ovation as he left the field, but Hurdle had his doubts if it was worth getting tired over.

    "He got a little too involved in the offense there in the fourth inning and that always seems to take a little out of our guys," Hurdle said. "But it's hard to keep them from doing it."

    Game notes


    Both teams took batting practice indoors because of storms that moved through the area two hours before the game. The grounds crew had trouble securing the tarp because of high winds before the storm, spending about 20 minutes trying to keep it from blowing into the stands. ... Castilla finished 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Rockies RHP Jason Jennings had a pinch-hit single off Lima in the sixth inning. LHP Shawn Estes replaced him as a pinch-runner.

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