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LOS ANGELES -- A minor injury to Luis Gonzalez turned out to be a major break for the Colorado Rockies.

Aaron Miles, filling in for Gonzalez at second base, drove in the first Colorado run, scored the second, and made a terrific fielding play in the ninth to spark the Rockies to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

The win was just the fourth in 12 games for the Rockies, whose 15-43 road record is the worst in the majors.

They have won five of their last eight road games.

"He's a kid from California, his mother and father are in town, those are the things you feed off," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said regarding Miles, whose parents live in San Francisco.

The Dodgers, who fell six games behind first-place San Diego in the NL West, learned before the game that outfielder Milton Bradley will likely need season-ending surgery on his left knee.

The news came a day after Bradley accused teammate Jeff Kent of not being able to deal with African-Americans.

General manager Paul DePodesta said Bradley had an 80 percent tear of the patella tendon and issues with his left anterior cruciate ligament as well. Bradley was injured when he hit first base awkwardly in the first inning of a 5-2 loss Monday at Florida.

The Dodgers have had one injury after another this season, with Kent one of the few players to stay healthy.

"I think we're used to it," Kent said. "So many bad things have happened for us, but we haven't used that excuse this season. We just need to find some breaks down the stretch.

"You need to keep your head up and keep pushing. If you're not willing to do that, then don't bother showing up."

Said Dodgers outfielder Jayson Werth: "It's the same stuff we've been through all year. I mean, why would we assume that it was going to get better as the year's gone on here? There's been no indication of that. It's just been one thing after another, as far as injuries go."

The game was scoreless when pinch hitter Cory Sullivan and Miles hit back-to-back doubles with one out in the eighth off Steve Schmoll (4-3). Matt Holliday hit a two-out double off Yhency Brazoban to drive in Miles with what proved to be the winning run.

"That's what our season's come down to now is being spoilers," Miles said. "It's great to come in here and get a win. Luckily in the eighth, we got the big pinch hit from Sullivan, I put a good swing on the ball and Matty came through."

Gonzalez sustained a bruised right index finger when hit by a pitch Tuesday night and sat out the game. He will be re-examined Thursday.

"He did OK. He's the man tonight," Gonzalez said of Miles.

Sullivan was batting for Randy Williams (2-0), who relieved Byung-Hyun Kim with two outs and two on in the seventh and retired Oscar Robles on a grounder to second.

The Dodgers scored their run off Mike DeJean in the bottom of the inning on a two-out, RBI single by Olmedo Saenz. Werth followed with a single before DeJean struck out Dioner Navarro to end the inning.

Brian Fuentes, the fourth Colorado pitcher, worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances. Antonio Perez hit a one-out single before Miles dove to field Robles' grounder up the middle and managed to get the ball to shortstop Omar Quintanilla for a force play. Fuentes threw a called third strike past Hee-Seop Choi to end the game.

Kim and Dodgers rookie D.J. Houlton pitched shutout ball before the Rockies broke through in the eighth.

Houlton was lifted for a pinch hitter after allowing three hits in seven innings while walking one and striking out seven. He is 0-6 in his last eight starts, but the Dodgers have scored a total of four runs in his last five outings.

Kim gave up three hits in 6 2/3 innings while walking five and striking out five.

There had been only one hit in the game, a first-inning single by Colorado's Todd Helton, before Jose Cruz Jr. doubled with one out in the Los Angeles fifth to put runners at second and third. But Houlton struck out and Robles flied to right. After Helton's two-out single in the first, Houlton retired 15 straight batters before Miles singled with two out in the sixth. Garrett Atkins struck out to end the inning.

Notes

Dodgers SS Cesar Izturis missed his second game due to lower back soreness. ... If the Rockies win Thursday night, it will give them their first series victory at Dodger Stadium since Aug. 28-30, 2001. ... Dodgers OF J.D. Drew, who broke his left wrist when hit by a pitch thrown by Arizona's Brad Halsey on July 3, said he hopes to return to action sometime next month. "I would hope, perfect world, a couple weeks away," he said. ... The Rockies have won just eight of their last 33 games at Dodger Stadium.
 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

A. Miles
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

D. Houlton
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 7
 
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Miles, 2B4121000 .281
Garrett Atkins, 3B4000012 .276
Todd Helton, 1B3020100 .308
Matt Holliday, LF3011101 .312
Jorge Piedra, RF3000022 .298
    Mike DeJean, P0000000 .000
   a- J.D. Closser, PH1000000 .224
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Dustan Mohr, CF-RF4000032 .221
Omar Quintanilla, SS4000012 .232
Danny Ardoin, C3000020 .246
Byung-Hyun Kim, P2000000 .042
    Randall Williams, P0000000 .000
   b- Cory Sullivan, PH-CF1110000 .266
Totals32262299 
a-flied out for DeJean in the 9th
b-doubled for Williams in the 8th
Batting
2B - Aaron Miles (12, Schmoll), Todd Helton (33, Houlton), Matt Holliday (18, Brazoban), Cory Sullivan (7, Schmoll)
RBI - Aaron Miles (23), Matt Holliday (48)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (26)
Team LOB - 5
Colorado Rockies
Byung-Hyun Kim 6.2300550 5.12
Randall Williams (W,2-0) 0.1000000 7.47
Mike DeJean (H,13) 1311010 4.50
Brian Fuentes (S,22) 1100020 2.80
Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 106-61, Randall Williams 5-3, Mike DeJean 24-16, Brian Fuentes 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 5-9, Randall Williams 1-0, Mike DeJean 2-0, Brian Fuentes 1-0
Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 27, Randall Williams 1, Mike DeJean 6, Brian Fuentes 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
Oscar Robles, SS5000005 .281
Hee Seop Choi, 1B3000211 .255
Ricky Ledee, LF4120002 .292
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
Jeff Kent, 2B4000013 .294
Olmedo Saenz, 3B4011001 .286
    Jason Repko, PR-CF0000000 .221
Jayson Werth, CF-LF4010010 .246
Dioner Navarro, C2010212 .278
Jose Jr. Cruz, RF4010022 .215
D.J. Houlton, P2000022 .136
   a- Jose Valentin, PH0000100 .178
    Stephen Schmoll, P0000000 .000
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Perez, 3B1010000 .325
Totals331715818 
a-walked for Houlton in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ricky Ledee 2 (15, Kim, DeJean), Jose Jr. Cruz (13, Kim)
RBI - Olmedo Saenz (56)
2-OUT RBI - Olmedo Saenz (25)
CS - Hee Seop Choi (2, 2nd base by Kim/Ardoin)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Jr. Cruz 1
Los Angeles Dodgers
D.J. Houlton 7300170 4.86
Stephen Schmoll (L,2-2) 0.2222110 6.15
Yhency Brazoban 0.1100000 5.82
Duaner Sanchez 1000010 3.60
IBB - Helton by Stephen Schmoll
Pitches-Strikes - D.J. Houlton 95-62, Stephen Schmoll 15-8, Yhency Brazoban 4-2, Duaner Sanchez 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D.J. Houlton 4-10
Batters Faced - D.J. Houlton 25, Stephen Schmoll 5, Yhency Brazoban 1, Duaner Sanchez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40196
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom