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.