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.