LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brian Jordan's error cost Los Angeles a run
in the first inning, but the major leagues' leading hitter in
September made up for it in the ninth.
The Dodgers' Brian Jordan, center, celebrates with his teammates after his game-winning single.
Jordan's two-out single capped a two-run rally and the Dodgers
came back for a crucial win, beating the Colorado Rockies 3-2
Wednesday night. The Dodgers stayed three games behind San Francisco in the NL
wild-card race. "I told the guys after the game we still got a pulse,'' Jordan
said. "We just got to win our games and hope for the best.'' A loss would have pushed the Dodgers to the brink of
elimination. Los Angeles and the Giants each have four games left. With the Dodgers down 3-2, Alex Cora singled off Jose Jimenez
(2-10) to start the bottom of the ninth and moved up on Jeff
Reboulet's sacrifice. Marquis Grissom tied it with a double inside first base and
after a flyout and an intentional walk to Shawn Green, Jordan
singled up the middle. "They chose to pick on Brian Jordan and there he is again,''
Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "I know our heartbeat is faint,
but we're still breathing.'' Jordan had a pair of RBI singles. He leads the majors with 26
RBI in September. Jordan misplayed a two-out single to left field by Gary Bennett
that tied the game in the first. "I took my eye off it for one second and looked up to see what
was going on and the next thing you know I booted the ball,''
Jordan said. "I felt like if we'd have lost this game it was on
me.'' Jordan drove in a run with an infield single in the first. He
made a headfirst slide into first base for an infield single to
keep the inning going. "A lot of times if you slide, you kick up some dirt, an umpire
may call you safe, but if you run through I might have been out,''
he said. "I just wanted to kick up some dirt and hope for the
best.'' Eric Gagne (3-1) got the victory. Los Angeles won for just the
seventh time in 18 games. Colorado had won four in a row. "We've been doing this all year,'' Gagne said. "Every time our
backs are to the wall, we just keep going out there and keep
battling. Grissom had another huge base hit and BJ's been carrying
the team for two months. It's awesome. We just got to pray now.'' Rockies rookie Jason Jennings allowed one run on five hits,
struck out three and walked two. "That was my last start, and overall I'm pleased with the way I
finished,'' he said. "I wanted to finish strong, not necessarily
with a win, but just a good outing. And I feel like I did that.'' Jennings had struggled this month, including a 12-6 loss to St.
Louis last Thursday in which he walked three in the first inning. But he helped his cause with a two-out single that gave Colorado
a 2-1 lead in the second. Jennings' 12 RBI are the most among
major league pitchers. "We were hoping we could close that thing out in the ninth and
that Jennings could tie a franchise record with his 17th win,''
Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "But that's why we play nine
innings and that's why that team's in a pennant race.'' The Dodgers stranded the tying run at third in the eighth when
Mark Grudzielanek grounded out. Making his first start of the season, Giovanni Carrara gave up
two runs on four hits in five innings, struck out five and walked
one for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers have 38 comeback wins this season and are 31-15
in one-run games. ... Nine of Jennings' 19 hits this season have
driven in a run. He became the first rookie pitcher to hit .300
since Cleveland's Jim Perry in 1959. ... The Dodgers won the season
series 12-7. ... The announced crowd of 28,189, which appeared much
smaller, was so quiet in the early innings that a radio tuned to
Vin Scully's broadcast could be heard in the stands.