Los Angeles at Colorado

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Rockies 5, Dodgers 1

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DENVER -- Brad Hawpe saved Byung-Hyun Kim with his strong right arm and his power at the plate.

Hawpe threw out Kenny Lofton at home to thwart a big first inning and then hit a three-run homer and tied a career high with four RBI to help Kim overcome his shaky start in the Colorado Rockies' 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

"You don't get to throw a lot of guys out, so it's really exciting when you do. Then again, to jog around the bases is really fun, too," Hawpe said.

Kim (2-1) allowed one earned run on four hits in seven innings, but that line didn't begin to tell the story of his night, which began with a 29-pitch first inning.

He walked the first three batters he faced and sent three straight pitches sailing past catcher Danny Ardoin, two of which were scored wild pitches.

"It was nice to have a brick wall behind the plate in the first inning," Ardoin said.

And Hawpe's strong arm in right field, too.

Despite his wildness, Kim allowed only one run, on Kent's RBI single to right on a play that Lofton was thrown out at the plate by Hawpe, who has four outfield assists already.

"We had a pitcher out on the mound that was trying to self-destruct and we let him get out of that inning with just one run. That was the difference in this game," Los Angeles manager Grady Little said.

Kim, who said his pitching thumb has been sore from hitting ever since his first start April 30, "basically ditched the slider and went with the fastball," after the first inning, Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.

"In the first I was like, 'Oh, my God,"' Ardoin said. "You get three pitches that go all the way to the backstop, but my job is to stay settled down back there and let him see that I'm settled. BK did a great job, he is a big-league pitcher, and he showed why by making big-league adjustments tonight."

With Kim throwing heat almost exclusively over the next six innings, he allowed just three harmless singles before Jose Mesa and Scott Dohmann finished up.

"The offspeed was more just for show," Ardoin said. "And we just used fastballs in and out for the out pitches. BK did a wonderful job by making that adjustment. That just speaks volumes about BK and his character. He didn't shut it down right there, and a lot of guys would have crumbled."

Hawpe broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth when he sent the first pitch he saw from Derek Lowe into the left-field bleachers, 422 feet away for a three-run shot, his 10th. It proved a double whammy for the Dodgers when center fielder Lofton injured his left hamstring chasing down the ball and had to leave the game after the inning was over.

Hawpe also had an RBI single in the second. He's 6-for-8 lifetime against Lowe with two homers and six RBI.

Matt Holliday, who tied his career high with four hits, added a run-scoring single in the fifth after the Dodgers had made wholesale defensive changes, which included pulling Lofton and second baseman Jeff Kent (stiff lower back). Little said both are day-to-day but are unlikely to play Wednesday afternoon.

After the Dodgers went up 1-0, Hawpe's RBI single to center an inning later tied it at 1-all when Lofton had trouble with the first ball hit to him for the second straight night. He couldn't transfer the ball cleanly and that hesitation allowed Hawpe to score easily. On Monday night, Garrett Atkins got an RBI single when the ball bounced off Lofton.

Lowe (1-3) allowed five earned runs on nine hits in six innings. He didn't walk a batter nor did he strike one out in his first loss in six career games against the Rockies.

"This was as good as I can do here," Lowe said.


Dodgers closer Eric Gagne (right elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and reported no soreness. His next step is to throw batting practice Friday in Los Angeles. ... Hawpe's seven homers against the Dodgers are the most he has against any opponent. ... LA fell to 8-2 in games started by C Russell Martin.

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Players of the Game

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0

B. Hawpe
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4100113 .234
Kenny Lofton, CF1010100 .277
   a- Andre Ethier, PH-LF2000011 .250
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B3000101 .341
J.D. Drew, RF4011011 .289
Jeff Kent, 2B1000112 .233
    Willy Aybar, 3B2020000 .455
Jose Cruz Jr., LF-CF4000016 .243
Oscar Robles, 3B-2B4000001 .158
Russell Martin, C3010110 .267
Derek Lowe, P1000000 .000
   b- Ramon Martinez, PH1010000 .303
    Tim Hamulack, P0000000 .000
   c- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000001 .286
a-struck out for Lofton in the 5th
b-singled for Lowe in the 7th
c-fouled out for Hamulack in the 9th
2B - Willy Aybar (2, Mesa)
3B - Russell Martin (1, Dohmann)
SH - Derek Lowe (3)
RBI - J.D. Drew (30)
SB - Rafael Furcal (10, 2nd base off Kim/Ardoin), Kenny Lofton (10, 2nd base off Kim/Ardoin)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Furcal-Kent-Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (L,1-3) 6955001 3.45
Tim Hamulack 2100030 5.63
WP - Tim Hamulack (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 76-56, Tim Hamulack 25-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 14-3
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 26, Tim Hamulack 8
Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF4010010 .288
Garrett Atkins, 3B4000001 .308
Todd Helton, 1B4220010 .301
Matt Holliday, LF4241000 .314
Brad Hawpe, RF4124013 .340
Luis Gonzalez, 2B4010003 .225
Clint Barmes, SS4000003 .208
Danny Ardoin, C3000002 .205
Byung-Hyun Kim, P2000001 .000
   a- Choo Freeman, PH1000000 .256
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
    Scott Dohmann, P0000000 .000
a-lined out for Kim in the 7th
2B - Todd Helton (12, Lowe), Matt Holliday (11, Lowe)
HR - Brad Hawpe (10, Lowe)
RBI - Matt Holliday (36), Brad Hawpe 4 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (14)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Brad Hawpe 1
Colorado Rockies
Byung-Hyun Kim (W,2-1) 7411550 4.62
Jose Mesa 1100010 3.72
Scott Dohmann 1100000 3.38
WP - Byung-Hyun Kim 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 93-66, Jose Mesa 11-8, Scott Dohmann 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 8-7, Jose Mesa 1-1, Scott Dohmann 1-2
Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 29, Jose Mesa 4, Scott Dohmann 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23192
Game Time - 2:16
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Troy Fullwood, Third Base - Rick Reed