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Sele fires seven shutout innings as Dodgers win seventh straight

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Aaron Sele began the season in the minor
leagues, with no guarantee he'd be pitching for the Los Angeles
Dodgers.

He's pitching for them now as a key member of their rotation.

Sele worked seven shutout innings, Jeff Kent and Rafael Furcal
had three hits each, and the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-1
Wednesday night for their seventh straight victory.

The win enabled the Dodgers to sweep a six-game homestand for
the first time since May 1994, when they accomplished the feat
against Houston and San Diego.

They won three from the Angels and three from the Rockies this
time, giving them 11 wins in their last 12 games at Dodger Stadium.
They outscored the Angels 31-7 and the Rockies 21-3.

"We're playing good baseball right now and getting good
results," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "You go through a
lot of peaks and valleys during the season. Right now, we're at the
top of one of our peaks. We'll try to keep it going as long as we
can."

Sele (3-0) allowed three hits while walking one and striking out
five before being relieved by Jonathan Broxton to start the eighth.

Sele, who signed a minor league contract during the offseason,
has made four solid starts since being recalled from Triple-A Las
Vegas, allowing five runs in 26 2/3 innings.

The 35-year-old right-hander was a member of the AL All-Star
team while pitching for Texas in 1998 and Seattle in 2000, but has
mostly struggled since then, going 30-36 for the Angels during the
past four seasons.

He underwent surgery to repair a rotator cuff in October 2002.

"I've got the same basic pitches," he said. "I feel like I'm
mixing pitches like I used to. I'm trying to keep the ball down and
let guys put it in play. We've got a great defense. I'm doing what
I always did."

Sele was 6-12 with a 5.66 ERA for the Mariners last season.

"He was very efficient and he hit his spots," Rockies manager
Clint Hurdle said. "He stayed down in the zone and stayed away
from the middle of the plate. It just goes to show you that you
don't have to blow up a radar gun to be able to get outs at the
major league level."

The Dodgers raised their record to 15-3 since a five-game losing
streak dropped them a season-high five games below .500. They're
now a season-high seven games over .500 and trail the NL
West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks by a half-game.

They scored all their runs in this game with two outs.

"That's the one thing you've got to really stay away from. Once
you get two outs, you've got to bury them," losing pitcher Aaron
Cook said. "But I didn't make quite enough quality pitches. My
game plan is to go out there and make them put the ball in play.
More times than not, they hit it to somebody. But tonight they
found the holes."

The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead off Cook (5-4) in the third on
consecutive two-out singles by Kenny Lofton, Nomar Garciaparra,
J.D. Drew and Kent.

Kent hit another two-out, RBI single in the fifth to drive in
Furcal and make it 3-0.

Jose Cruz Jr. hit a run-scoring single and rookie Russell Martin
followed with a three-run double off Jose Mesa in the seventh.
Three of the runs were charged to Tom Martin.

"Right now, everything's coming together -- good pitching, good
hitting," Furcal said. "We're doing the little stuff to help us
win."

Cook allowed nine hits and three runs in six innings while
walking two and striking out four. The loss snapped a personal
four-game winning streak, and was just the second for Cook in his
last 12 road decisions.

The Rockies scored an unearned off Broxton in the eighth when
Clint Barmes reached on an error by shortstop Furcal and later
scored on a single by Cory Sullivan.

Game notes
The Dodgers have won their last six series, marking the
first time they've done so in nearly two years. ... The Rockies
went 10-3 on the road in April, but are 2-9 on the road this month.
They continue a nine-game trip Friday night in San Francisco. ...
The Dodgers have scored five or more runs in 15 of their last 17
games. ... The San Diego Padres won the NL West last season with an
82-80 record. All five teams in the division presently have winning
records. ... Garciaparra has reached base via a walk or a hit in 18
straight games and has two or more hits in 11 of his last 17 games.
... The Dodgers are 15-2 in games started by Martin. ... Rockies C
Danny Ardoin left the game in the seventh because of a left knee
strain. He was injured tagging out Cruz in the sixth. Hurdle said
he expects Ardoin to miss a couple games.