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Series: Game 1 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 1-0 (as of 4/29)

Game 1: Friday, April 29
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Game 2: Saturday, April 30
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Game 3: Sunday, May 1
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Rockies 3

(6-14, 1-8 away)

Dodgers 6

(14-8, 6-3 home)

    10:40 PM ET, April 29, 2005

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: O. Perez (4-1)

    L: J. Jennings (1-3)

    S: Y. Brazoban (6)

    Drew adds two-run shot in L.A. win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hee-Seop Choi guessed correctly what pitch was coming. He was surprised by where the ball wound up.

    "I thought it was a double, a line drive to left-center, not a home run," Choi said Friday night after hitting his first major league grand slam to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

    So how did he feel when the ball cleared the wall with a couple of feet to spare?

    "Very happy," the 26-year-old South Korean said with a grin.

    Odalis Perez (4-1) held the Rockies to three hits and one run over seven innings, and J.D. Drew chipped in with a two-run homer.

    The Dodgers didn't get a hit off Jason Jennings (1-3) until Paul Bako singled in the fifth inning. Choi hit his homer later in the inning.

    Drew's homer in the seventh went into the lower seats near the left field foul pole, where the ball hit off a fan's hands and bounced back to Colorado left fielder Matt Holliday, who was standing near the approximately 4-foot high fence. Although it was a home run, Holliday turned to throw the ball to the infield and the fan grabbed at the outfielder's arm as if he was trying to get the ball back.

    Holliday's reaction was limited to looking back at the spectator after he threw the ball in.

    "I'm sure that the crack security staff at Dodger Stadium asked him out and took care of it," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "And if they didn't, they should have."

    The fan quickly blended back into the crowd and security personnel could not determine who he was, a Dodgers official said.

    Los Angeles scored six runs while getting just five hits.

    "That was a terrific pitching performance by Odalis Perez, and we got the most out of five hits," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "We got a couple of huge home runs."

    Choi has hit three homers this season, and set a career high with the four RBI. He drove Jennings' first pitch to him in the fifth inning 389 feet.

    "He was throwing a lot of fastballs on the first pitch," Choi said, explaining how he anticipated what was coming. "I hit a fastball outside."

    Jennings said, "With the bases loaded, I was really just trying to make a good pitch down and away to get a groundball to either shortstop or second base. But I just left it up, and that's where he likes it."

    Despite Choi's grand slam and the fact that he went 4-for-5 with a homer in his previous start, on Tuesday, he again is scheduled to be on the bench for the Dodgers' game Saturday against the Rockies. Choi is left-handed, and Tracy plans to continue to platoon him with Olmedo Saenz at first base, with Saenz starting against left-handed pitchers.

    Perez struck out seven and walked one.

    Ricky Ledee walked to lead off the Dodgers' fifth, then went to third on Bako's hit. Perez's sacrifice moved Bako to second, with Ledee holding at third.

    Cesar Izturis walked to load the bases and Choi homered on the next pitch.

    The Rockies went up 1-0 in the third inning when rookie Clint Barmes led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Luis Gonzalez and scored on Todd Helton's groundout.

    Jennings drew the series-opening assignment against the Dodgers after his scheduled start Thursday in Colorado was postponed by rain. He gave up four runs on three hits and struck out five in six innings, but walked eight.

    Yhency Brazoban got two outs for his sixth save after the Rockies closed to 6-3 on Todd Greene's RBI off Buddy Carlyle with one out in the ninth.

    Game notes


    Izturis, the Dodgers' Gold Glove-winning SS, bobbled Preston Wilson's routine grounder in the opening inning. It ended Izturis' streak of 172 games without a fielding error that dated back to April 17 of last year. The error was his fourth this season, but the other three were on throws. ... Dodgers LHP Wilson Alvarez, on the DL with tendinitis in his left shoulder, was pain-free after pitching 4 2/3 shutout innings on Thursday at Triple-A Las Vegas, Tracy said.

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