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Dodgers win 7th in row, move half-game behind NL West-leading D-Backs

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LOS ANGELES -- Aaron Sele began the season in the minor leagues, with no guarantee he'd be pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He's pitching for them now as a key member of their rotation.

Sele worked seven shutout innings, Jeff Kent and Rafael Furcal had three hits each, and the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-1 Wednesday night for their seventh straight victory.

The win enabled the Dodgers to sweep a six-game homestand for the first time since May 1994, when they accomplished the feat against Houston and San Diego.

They won three from the Angels and three from the Rockies this time, giving them 11 wins in their last 12 games at Dodger Stadium. They outscored the Angels 31-7 and the Rockies 21-3.

"We're playing good baseball right now and getting good results," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "You go through a lot of peaks and valleys during the season. Right now, we're at the top of one of our peaks. We'll try to keep it going as long as we can."

Sele (3-0) allowed three hits while walking one and striking out five before being relieved by Jonathan Broxton to start the eighth.

Sele, who signed a minor league contract during the offseason, has made four solid starts since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, allowing five runs in 26 2/3 innings.

The 35-year-old right-hander was a member of the AL All-Star team while pitching for Texas in 1998 and Seattle in 2000, but has mostly struggled since then, going 30-36 for the Angels during the past four seasons.

He underwent surgery to repair a rotator cuff in October 2002.

"I've got the same basic pitches," he said. "I feel like I'm mixing pitches like I used to. I'm trying to keep the ball down and let guys put it in play. We've got a great defense. I'm doing what I always did."

Sele was 6-12 with a 5.66 ERA for the Mariners last season.

"He was very efficient and he hit his spots," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He stayed down in the zone and stayed away from the middle of the plate. It just goes to show you that you don't have to blow up a radar gun to be able to get outs at the major league level."

The Dodgers raised their record to 15-3 since a five-game losing streak dropped them a season-high five games below .500. They're now a season-high seven games over .500 and trail the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks by a half-game.

They scored all their runs in this game with two outs.

"That's the one thing you've got to really stay away from. Once you get two outs, you've got to bury them," losing pitcher Aaron Cook said. "But I didn't make quite enough quality pitches. My game plan is to go out there and make them put the ball in play. More times than not, they hit it to somebody. But tonight they found the holes."

The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead off Cook (5-4) in the third on consecutive two-out singles by Kenny Lofton, Nomar Garciaparra, J.D. Drew and Kent.

Kent hit another two-out, RBI single in the fifth to drive in Furcal and make it 3-0.

Jose Cruz Jr. hit a run-scoring single and rookie Russell Martin followed with a three-run double off Jose Mesa in the seventh. Three of the runs were charged to Tom Martin.

"Right now, everything's coming together -- good pitching, good hitting," Furcal said. "We're doing the little stuff to help us win."

Cook allowed nine hits and three runs in six innings while walking two and striking out four. The loss snapped a personal four-game winning streak, and was just the second for Cook in his last 12 road decisions.

The Rockies scored an unearned off Broxton in the eighth when Clint Barmes reached on an error by shortstop Furcal and later scored on a single by Cory Sullivan.

Notes

  • The Dodgers have won their last six series, marking the first time they've done so in nearly two years.
  • The Rockies went 10-3 on the road in April, but are 2-9 on the road this month. They continue a nine-game trip Friday night in San Francisco.
  • The Dodgers have scored five or more runs in 15 of their last 17 games.
  • The San Diego Padres won the NL West last season with an 82-80 record. All five teams in the division presently have winning records.
  • Garciaparra has reached base via a walk or a hit in 18 straight games and has two or more hits in 11 of his last 17 games.
  • The Dodgers are 15-2 in games started by Martin.
  • Rockies C Danny Ardoin left the game in the seventh because of a left knee strain. He was injured tagging out Cruz in the sixth. Hurdle said he expects Ardoin to miss a couple games.
 
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Jose Cruz Jr. is tagged out at home, but the Dodgers improve to 15-3 in their last 18 games.  (AP)
Jose Cruz Jr. is tagged out at home, but the Dodgers improve to 15-3 in their last 18 games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Los Angeles

R. Martin
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF4011012 .273
Garrett Atkins, 3B4000024 .312
Todd Helton, 1B4000002 .284
Matt Holliday, LF4010000 .324
Brad Hawpe, RF4000012 .329
Luis Gonzalez, 2B4010022 .240
Clint Barmes, SS4110002 .204
Danny Ardoin, C1000101 .191
    Miguel Ojeda, C0000100 .227
Aaron Cook, P2000012 .087
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Smith, PH1000002 .271
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Totals321412719 
a-flied out for Mesa in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Cory Sullivan (8)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Holliday 1, Cory Sullivan 1
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook (L,5-4) 6933240 3.39
Tom Martin 0.2133110 6.75
Jose Mesa 0.1211000 3.68
Brian Fuentes 1000210 1.37
IBB - Kent by Tom Martin, Garciaparra by Brian Fuentes
HBP - Aybar (by Tom Martin)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 99-63, Tom Martin 18-8, Jose Mesa 6-4, Brian Fuentes 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 6-7, Brian Fuentes 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 28, Tom Martin 5, Jose Mesa 2, Brian Fuentes 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5130002 .254
Kenny Lofton, CF5110002 .300
    Andre Ethier, LF0000000 .304
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4220101 .375
J.D. Drew, RF4011124 .294
Jeff Kent, 2B3132100 .258
Willy Aybar, 3B3100015 .343
Jose Cruz Jr., LF-CF3111101 .240
Russell Martin, C4013012 .305
Aaron Sele, P2000020 .111
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000100 .000
Totals3371275617 
Batting
2B - Russell Martin (4, Mesa)
SH - Aaron Sele (3)
RBI - J.D. Drew (35), Jeff Kent 2 (32), Jose Cruz Jr. (9), Russell Martin 3 (13)
2-OUT RBI - J.D. Drew (8), Jeff Kent 2 (14), Jose Cruz Jr. (2), Russell Martin 3 (4)
SB - Nomar Garciaparra (2, 2nd base off Martin/Ojeda)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Kent-Furcal-Garciaparra
E - Rafael Furcal (11, Misplayed grounder), Nomar Garciaparra (1, Missed catch)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Aaron Sele (W,3-0) 7300150 1.69
Jonathan Broxton 2110120 0.69
WP - Aaron Sele (1), Jonathan Broxton (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Sele 90-58, Jonathan Broxton 39-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Sele 8-7, Jonathan Broxton 3-3
Batters Faced - Aaron Sele 24, Jonathan Broxton 10
Game Information
Attendance - 39299
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Kerwin Danley