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Dodgers win in 11th on fifth hit by rookie Robles

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DENVER -- The more the Los Angeles Dodgers deal with injuries, the more they'll need performances like the one they got Monday night from rookie Oscar Robles.

Robles, playing in place of ailing leadoff hitter Cesar Izturis, capped his five-hit night with the go-ahead RBI single in the 11th inning to lift the Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

"He has a pretty darn good idea of how to hit leadoff," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "He's not fast, he's not a base stealer, but he knows how to play the game."

The Dodgers signed Robles from the Mexican League in the offseason with the caveat that if he didn't make the 25-man roster after spring training, he would go back to Mexico City. That's what happened, but when injuries started creeping up in May, Los Angeles went back to Mexico and purchased his contract.

It's proving to be a good move. He is 9-for-19 since starting in place of Izturis, the All-Star shortstop who sat out his fourth straight game with a hurting right hamstring that Tracy said isn't getting any better.

"I knew that I could play with guys up here, and I just tried to do everything right and learned to play the game," Robles said. "I just try to put the ball in play, and that is working."

Izturis is one of many Dodgers who have spent ample time in the trainer's room this season. Earlier on Monday, J.D. Drew became the 14th Dodgers player to go on the 15-day disabled list -- his season in jeopardy after Arizona's Brad Halsey hit him with a pitch and broke his left wrist Sunday.

"We all know what the circumstances are," Tracy said. "We've talked about it as a group. We've got six more games between now and the All-Star break. We picked up a game against everyone ahead of us in our division tonight. We've just got to take it a day at a time and deal with the circumstances as they confront us."

Yhency Brazoban pitched the bottom of the 11th for his 16th save, five of which have come against the Rockies. Giovanni Carrara (6-2) shut out the Rockies for two innings to get the win.

Jay Witasick (0-4) took the loss for Colorado.

Called up to replace Drew on the roster, Chin-Feng Chen had his first major league hit and RBI with a two-run single in the seventh to cut the Los Angeles deficit to 3-2. Robles then tied the game with an RBI single off Bobby Seay. All three runs were charged to David Cortes, who relieved Byung-Hyun Kim and failed to get an out, leading to the bullpen's 15th blown save of the season, most in the National League.

"Kim gave us a great start and we kicked it. We kicked his start," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

Before the Dodgers rally, Desi Relaford scored on a double steal, Aaron Miles had an RBI and Preston Wilson drove in another run with his first triple of the season to help the Rockies to a 3-0 lead.

Kim, whose job is in jeopardy because of the pending return of starter Shawn Chacon, allowed no runs and five hits over six innings. He lowered his ERA to 4.29 as a starter this season, which is lower than everyone in the Colorado rotation besides Chacon.

Kim plunked the third batter he faced, Jeff Kent, and Kent stepped toward the mound, causing the benches and bullpens to clear. No punches were thrown and the game settled into a pitcher's duel.

Dodgers starter Jeff Weaver allowed just five hits over six innings and got out of a number of jams. Wilson's RBI triple came with no out in the fourth and Weaver didn't let him score. In the fifth, the Rockies had the bases loaded with one out, but Weaver struck out Wilson and got Garrett Atkins to pop out to end the inning.

The Rockies, the worst team in the NL, left 10 on base and batted 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Relaford's run in the sixth put the Rockies ahead 3-0. It was originally ruled a stolen base, but was later changed and ruled a fielder's choice because the other runner, Eddy Garabito, was thrown out at second after Relaford scored.

Kim had six strikeouts and bolstered his case to stay in the rotation, which is where he says he feels more comfortable. Just a few weeks ago, Hurdle had called him in to tell him he would be released, not sent back to the bullpen, but the same day, Chacon's injury got worse and Kim got his reprieve.

With Chacon about to return, Kim is on the bubble again, although Joe Kennedy's start for Wednesday has been pushed back and Kennedy has been the subject of trade talks.

Notes

Kim leads the majors with 11 hit batters. ... Umpires warned both benches after Kim hit Kent and the Dodgers hit three batters, but home plate umpire Doug Eddings didn't eject any of the Los Angeles pitchers. ... Izturis was the last Dodger to collect five hits -- on May 17 against the Marlins. ... The Rockies fell to 0-3 in extra innings. The Dodgers improved to 5-1.
 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

O. Robles
AB 6
R 0
H 5
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

A. Miles
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Oscar Robles, SS6052001 .316
Antonio Perez, 3B3000213 .310
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
Jeff Kent, 2B4010114 .297
Olmedo Saenz, 1B5010014 .294
Jayson Werth, LF5000033 .254
Jason Phillips, C5110031 .251
Jason Grabowski, RF4210110 .181
Jason Repko, CF4120010 .194
Jeff Weaver, P1000000 .242
   a- Hee Seop Choi, PH0000000 .233
   b- Chin-Feng Chen, PH10120001.000
    Kelly Wunsch, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
   c- Cody Ross, PH1000010 .158
    Giovanni Carrara, P0000000 .000
   d- Mike Edwards, PH-3B1000001 .311
Totals40412441217 
a-announced for Weaver in the 7th
b-singled for Choi in the 7th
c-struck out for Sanchez in the 9th
d-grounded out for Carrara in the 11th
Batting
2B - Oscar Robles (3, Fuentes), Olmedo Saenz (14, Kim)
SH - Antonio Perez (1), Jason Repko (1), Jeff Weaver (3)
RBI - Oscar Robles 2 (5), Chin-Feng Chen 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Oscar Robles (3)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Jeff Weaver (2, Wild throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Jeff Weaver 6532240 4.43
Kelly Wunsch 0.1100000 4.56
Duaner Sanchez 1.2100020 4.17
Giovanni Carrara (W,6-2) 2000110 3.86
Yhency Brazoban (S,16) 1000000 4.89
IBB - Helton by Jeff Weaver
HBP - Sullivan (by Jeff Weaver), Relaford (by Jeff Weaver), Helton (by Kelly Wunsch)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 101-66, Kelly Wunsch 15-9, Duaner Sanchez 18-15, Giovanni Carrara 26-15, Yhency Brazoban 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 8-6, Kelly Wunsch 1-0, Yhency Brazoban 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 27, Kelly Wunsch 3, Duaner Sanchez 6, Giovanni Carrara 7, Yhency Brazoban 3
Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, LF4110100 .287
Aaron Miles, 2B5031001 .293
Todd Helton, 1B3110102 .270
Preston Wilson, CF5011037 .258
Garrett Atkins, 3B5000007 .301
Bradley Hawpe, RF4010110 .285
Desi Relaford, SS4100013 .242
    Jay Witasick, P0000000 .000
Danny Ardoin, C4000013 .241
   a- J.D. Closser, PH1000000 .206
Byung-Hyun Kim, P2000010 .000
   b- Eddy Garabito, PH1000001 .310
    David Cortes, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Seay, P0000000 .000
    Marcos Carvajal, P0000000 .000
   c- Jorge Piedra, PH1000001 .281
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Luis Gonzalez, SS1000000 .282
Totals403723725 
a-lined out for Ardoin in the 11th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Kim in the 6th
c-popped out for Carvajal in the 8th
Batting
2B - Aaron Miles (9, Weaver), Bradley Hawpe (7, Sanchez)
3B - Preston Wilson (1, Weaver)
RBI - Aaron Miles (17), Preston Wilson (45)
SB - Cory Sullivan (6, 2nd base off Weaver/Phillips), Bradley Hawpe (2, 2nd base off Weaver/Phillips)
CS - Eddy Garabito (2, 2nd base by Weaver/Phillips)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Relaford-Miles-Helton, Relaford-Miles-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Byung-Hyun Kim 6500060 5.46
David Cortes0233100 4.42
Bobby Seay (BS,1) 0.1200100 4.91
Marcos Carvajal 1.2000030 4.73
Brian Fuentes 2100130 2.54
Jay Witasick (L,0-4) 1211100 2.67
IBB - Kent by Bobby Seay
HBP - Kent (by Byung-Hyun Kim)
Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 97-60, David Cortes 8-4, Bobby Seay 16-8, Marcos Carvajal 13-10, Brian Fuentes 39-22, Jay Witasick 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 7-4, Bobby Seay 1-0, Marcos Carvajal 1-0, Brian Fuentes 1-2, Jay Witasick 2-1
Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 23, David Cortes 3, Bobby Seay 4, Marcos Carvajal 4, Brian Fuentes 8, Jay Witasick 6
Game Information
Attendance - 48538
Game Time - 3:50
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Mike Fichter