Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Dodgers won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, September 17
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Game 2: Saturday, September 18
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Game 3: Sunday, September 19
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Dodgers 7

(86-63, 41-34 away)

Rockies 6

(64-85, 35-40 home)

    3:05 PM ET, September 19, 2004

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    LA 000000322 7 8 0
    COL 010040010 6 9 1

    W: Y. Brazoban (2-0)

    L: S. Chacon (1-9)

    S: E. Gagne (42)

    Dodgers rally from five runs down

    DENVER (AP) -- Shawn Green called it the biggest home run of his life. Jim Tracy called it the biggest win of the season.

    There was no arguing with either the player or the manager after Green's two-out homer in the ninth lifted Los Angeles to a 7-6 victory over Colorado on Sunday. Then again, with the playoffs in sight, the milestones might just keep getting more significant.

    The Dodgers overcame a five-run deficit for the second time in three games to win the series against the Rockies and stay 2½ games ahead of San Francisco in the NL West. Los Angeles has 13 games left, and six are against the Giants.

    Green and Tracy agreed there was no better way to go into the stretch.

    "It's probably the biggest one I've had," Green said. "It's the first time I've been in first place at this time of the season. Any time you win a game with something like that, it's going to be as big as it can be."

    On an 0-2 pitch with two down in the ninth, Colorado closer Shawn Chacon (1-9) made a mistake and delivered the ball straight down the middle. Green took advantage and drove it straight over the center-field wall to cap the rally against the worst bullpen in baseball.

    "Two out and two strikes. You don't want to go there with two strikes. Not right down the middle," Chacon said.

    Los Angeles trailed 5-0 after six innings, but tied the game at 5 courtesy of Adrian Beltre's bases-clearing double, Milton Bradley's homer into the third deck and a sacrifice fly by Robin Ventura.

    As important as Green's homer was, much of the Dodgers clubhouse was focused on Bradley's shot. It measured 479 feet, prodigious even in the mile-high air, and a few players were overheard saying they'd never seen a ball hit that far.

    "We really didn't deserve to win, but we got quality hits at the right time," Bradley said. "It's unbelievable to come back from that."

    This was the second big comeback for Los Angeles in the series. The Dodgers trailed 6-1 Friday night before winning 8-6 in 10 innings, although the five-run deficit was made up off starter Jamey Wright.

    In this one, all the big hits came off the Colorado bullpen, which was pinned with its 35th loss, the worst mark in the majors.

    "These take their toll on everybody," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "The bullpen has been an issue now for a period of time. And it hasn't been any one specific guy. It's been our entire group."

    After the Dodgers tied the game, Jorge Piedra hit an RBI single to put Colorado ahead 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth.

    But Green answered with his 27th homer of the season. It was the 12th home run allowed by Chacon, who blew his ninth save in 43 tries. Chacon also took the loss Friday, when he gave up two walks and a triple.

    Yhency Brazoban (2-0) pitched one inning for the win and Eric Gagne pitched a perfect ninth for his 42nd save.

    "To be down five, and come back in the manner in which we did, this is the biggest game we have played all year," Tracy said.

    Although the big hits were what propelled the Dodgers, the classic moment for the Rockies bullpen had nothing to do with them. With one out in the eighth, reliever Allan Simpson allowed a single to Alex Cora, threw a wild pitch to advance him to second, then let him get to third by lofting the ball into center field in an attempt to pick him off. Ventura followed the comedy of errors with the game-tying RBI.

    The blown lead cost Colorado starter Jason Jennings a victory. He pitched 6 2-3 innings and allowed four hits, but wound up with his fifth straight no-decision, all of them in games in which he's taken the Rockies into the late innings allowing three earned runs or less.

    This time, Jennings left with the 5-0 lead, but still couldn't get his 24th victory at Coors Field, which would have tied Pedro Astacio's record.

    Jennings started a four-run Rockies rally in the fifth. Vinny Castilla knocked him in for his NL-leading 126th RBI of the season. Castilla moved five ahead of Scott Rolen, who was not in the lineup for the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Game notes

    Beltre's three RBI gave him 111 for the season, passing Ron Cey (1977) for the most by a Dodgers third baseman. ... After an off-day Monday, the Dodgers play at San Diego on Tuesday. ... RHP Edwin Jackson started for the Dodgers and allowed five runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. He pitched because RHP Jose Lima is still being bothered by a strained thumb. ... Rockies pitcher Joe Kennedy served the first game of five-game suspension for an altercation Aug. 15 with Pittsburgh's Jason Kendall.

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