LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Just when it appeared the National League's
worst pitching staff was about to implode once again, something out
of the ordinary happened.
The Colorado Rockies started getting people out.And they never stopped.Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer, three Colorado relievers
combined to retire the final 11 batters, and the Rockies beat the
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 Thursday night in the rubber game of the
three-game series.The Dodgers had 10 hits, five walks and a hit batsman in the
first 5 1-3 innings before their offense suddenly disappeared. It
all began with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth, when
Scott Dohmann struck out Olmedo Saenz and Jayson Werth to preserve
the Rockies' 5-4 lead."He painted himself into a corner and pitched himself out,"
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said of Dohmann, who walked the first
two batters he faced before getting the two big strikeouts.David Cortes worked two perfect innings with two strikeouts and
Brian Fuentes finished off the Dodgers by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth
with two more strikeouts for his 23rd save in 26 chances.The Rockies have an NL-high 5.33 ERA.Dustan Mohr and Aaron Miles also homered off Brad Penny (6-8) to
help the Rockies win a series at Dodger Stadium for the first time
since Aug. 28-30, 2001. They entered the series with a 7-24 record
in their last 31 games in Los Angeles, including an 0-3 mark this
season.Colorado's 16-43 road record is the worst in the majors, but the
Rockies have won six of their last nine games away from home and
three straight road series to match a franchise record.Aaron Cook (3-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings
to win his third straight start."It wasn't my best," he said. "You take the good with the
bad; sometimes the bad is good enough."The loss was the fourth in five games for the Dodgers and
dropped them a season-worst 13 games below .500. They trail NL
West-leading San Diego by 6½ games."I don't care if the Rockies beat us, or the Padres or the
Astros, or whatever," Penny said. "It doesn't matter who beats
you. They're going to win some games. They're due. I mean, even the
worst team in the league is going to win two out of three."Mohr hit his team-leading 16th homer in the second to give the
Rockies a 1-0 lead, and Holliday's towering drive over the
center-field fence with two on in the third made it 4-0. Holliday's
13th homer followed two-out walks to Cory Sullivan and Todd Helton."If I don't walk those guys, they don't score five runs,"
Penny said. "If they get three runs, we end up winning the game. A
couple of pitches were close and could have gone either way.
Unfortunately, they didn't go my way."The Dodgers got a run back in the bottom of the inning on
doubles by Jose Valentin and Oscar Robles, but Miles hit Penny's
first pitch of the fifth into the right-field pavilion for his
second homer to make it 5-1.Werth's two-out RBI single in the last of the fifth made it 5-2,
and the Dodgers drew within one run by scoring twice off Randy
Williams in the sixth on RBI singles by pinch-hitter Antonio Perez
and Robles.The first six Los Angeles batters in the sixth reached base on
four walks and two hits, but Perez was thrown out trying to stretch
his hit into a double.The Dodgers left the bases loaded in the fourth and sixth
innings and stranded two in the fifth."We had our chances to win that game. We had the stage set,"
Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "A two-out base hit would have put
us ahead, and we weren't able to get it. The consistency of that
just hasn't been happening for us on enough of a regular basis."Penny was lifted for a pinch hitter after allowing five runs and
four hits in six innings. He issued a season-high four walks and
struck out eight.
Dodgers OF Milton Bradley, probably facing season-ending
surgery on his left knee, was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
INF-OF Mike Edwards was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas of the
Pacific Coast League to replace Bradley on the 25-man roster. ...
Rockies 2B Luis Gonzalez, who sustained a bruised right index
finger when hit by a pitch Tuesday, didn't start for the second
straight night, but entered as a defensive replacement in the
eighth. ... Dodgers SS Cesar Izturis missed his third game due to
lower back soreness and will undergo an MRI on Friday. Izturis said
he was too sore to swing a bat and unable to bend over to field
ground balls. ... Choo Freeman, who popped out as a pinch hitter in
the seventh, became the 18th rookie to play for Colorado this
season -- most in the majors. ... Dodgers 2B Jeff Kent singled in
the fifth to snap an 0-for-13 drought. ... The eight starting
position players for the Dodgers had one hit each in the first five