LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Holliday hit the 58th homer of his brief
big league career Sunday. It's one he will always remember.
"It's probably the farthest ball I've ever hit," the Rockies
outfielder said after his two-run shot over the back wall of the
left-field bullpen capped a six-run fifth in Colorado's 12-5
victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Holliday's 25th homer of the season traveled an estimated 481
feet, prompting Rockies manager Clint Hurdle to call it the
second-longest he'd seen at Dodger Stadium, outdistanced only by a
Mike Piazza drive that bounced off the roof of the left-field
pavilion and into the parking lot.
"I got it about as good as I can get one," said the
26-year-old Holliday, who made his big league debut with the
Rockies in 2004.
Byung-Hyun Kim worked 6 2-3 solid innings to earn his first win
in over a month, and rookie Troy Tulowitzki had four hits for the
Rockies, who snapped a nine-game road losing streak -- one shy of
the franchise record.
Playing in his fifth major league game, Tulowitzki had three
singles, a double and a walk in five plate appearances after
getting one hit in his previous 13 at-bats with seven strikeouts.
"I wasn't too worried about my 1-for-13 start," the
21-year-old shortstop said. "Being young, you have to make
adjustments. That's what I did today. Any day you get four hits,
it's pretty special."
Tulowitzki, the Rockies' first-round draft pick last year,
impressed his teammates.
"He had a great game," Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said.
"He's got a good swing, he's got a lot of potential."
While the Rockies won for only the fourth time in 15 games, the
NL West-leading Dodgers had a seven-game winning streak snapped and
lost for just the eighth time in 34 games. Their lead over
second-place San Diego was reduced to three games.
"Games like this just happen, and we're fortunate that they
haven't happened very often to us lately," Dodgers manager Grady
Little said. "We'll turn the page and try to take care of business
in Milwaukee tomorrow afternoon."
Six of the first seven batters hit safely and scored in the
fifth, when the Rockies took a 7-2 lead and chased Aaron Sele
Cory Sullivan and Tulowitzki singled and Kim sacrificed before
Matsui hit a two-run triple. Helton doubled to drive in Matsui and
Garrett Atkins hit an RBI single to knock out Sele. Holliday
followed with his long homer off Elmer Dessens.
Kim (8-10), who snapped a personal four-game losing streak by
winning for the first time since Aug. 2, allowed eight hits and two
runs before being relieved by Ray King with runners at second and
third and two outs in the seventh. King retired J.D. Drew on a
grounder to first to end the inning.
The Rockies scored another run off Dessens in the sixth on a
two-out RBI single by Matsui, and made it 9-2 against Hong-Chih Kuo
in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Helton and Atkins. Kuo
walked the first two batters in the eighth before striking out the
Hall drove in the Dodgers' third run, hitting an RBI single off
King in the eighth.
Vinny Castilla hit a two-run homer and Sullivan added a solo
shot off Joe Beimel in the ninth. Marlon Anderson, acquired by the
Dodgers from Washington on Thursday, hit a two-run homer off Jose
Mesa in the bottom of the inning to complete the scoring.
Sele, making his first start since Aug. 1, allowed nine hits and
six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
"I was up across the board in the fifth inning and just
couldn't get the ball down for a good quality pitch," he said.
"That's a good offensive team over there and they kept putting the
ball in play. We gave them a chance to get some momentum today and
they took advantage of it."
Nomar Garciaparra, Jeff Kent and rookie Russell Martin, who
rank second, third and fourth on the Dodgers in RBI, were given
the day off. ... The Rockies' recent problems can be traced to
ineffective pitching. They entered Sunday's game with a 6.62 ERA in
their previous 16 games -- 12 of them losses. ... Despite the loss,
the Dodgers have won 16 of their last 19 at Dodger Stadium and an
NL-high 44 home games this season. They begin a 10-game road trip
Monday in Milwaukee. ... Atkins extended his hitting streak to 11
games. He's 23-of-44 during the streak. ... The Dodgers have won 10
of their last 11 series after losing their first four following the