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Kemp homers in first two at-bats, Dodgers rally to beat Rockies

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DENVER -- Despite sporadic playing time, Sandy Alomar Jr. knows he will get opportunities in clutch situations for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He came through in his chance against the Colorado Rockies.

"When I came here I knew what role I would play and that was to be ready to go in case anything happened," Alomar said. "I come early to hit in the cage. I do it every day."

Russell Martin hit a tying RBI double and Alomar followed with a run-scoring pinch-hit single in the ninth inning to lead the Dodgers to a 6-5 victory over the Rockies on Sunday.

"That's what kind of player Sandy is," Los Angeles manager Grady Little said. "He could sit for a week or 10 days and when he is asked to do something he's always ready."

Matt Kemp homered in his first two at-bats for his first multihomer game for the Dodgers. He has six home runs in June and has a hit in each of his starts and 11 of his 13 games in the majors.

Danys Baez (4-3) worked a scoreless eighth inning and Takashi Saito got the last three outs for his fourth save in four chances.

Pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz doubled with one-out in the ninth off Brian Fuentes (1-1), who blew his second save in 15 chances. Martin followed with his double to tie the score at five, and Alomar put the Dodgers ahead.

"I haven't played in eight days so I'm just looking baseball," Alomar said. "He threw me the same pitch three times and I took it the other way."

Fuentes blamed a lack of his normal good control. He feel behind the first three hitters he faced before getting ahead of Alomar 0-2.

"The Alomar hit was probably the biggest mistake," Fuentes said. "It was 0-2 fastball that I left up."

"I'll take Tito (Fuentes) out there any day because he's one of the best," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "It was a tough game to lose."

Todd Helton hit a two-run home run and Garrett Atkins had a two-run double for the Rockies, who finished a 3-6 homestand after a 2-7 road trip. Matt Holliday had three hits, including two doubles.

Aaron Cook gave up four runs on seven hits over seven innings and avoided losing his fourth straight start. He last won May 19 at home against Toronto.

Derek Lowe, who had won four straight starts, worked the first 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits. He struck out three and walked two.

Kemp hit a two-run homer to center field in his first at-bat in the first inning. One pitch before, Kemp had fouled a pitch off his left foot and needed time to regroup before hitting a 442-foot drive.

"My foot was hurting, but I saw the same pitch I fouled off my foot," Kemp said. "He thought I was probably looking away and he threw me a good pitch."

The Rockies got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Jamey Carroll scored on Helton's double-play grounder.

Los Angeles increased its lead to 4-1 in the fourth, the first run coming on Kemp's solo shot with one out in the inning. Ramon Martinez drove in Willy Aybar with a grounder.

Colorado scored two runs in the sixth. Cory Sullivan walked and Holliday singled before Atkins drove them in with a one-out double off the wall in center to make it 4-3.

Jonathan Broxton allowed a two-out double to Sullivan in the seventh before Helton put Colorado ahead with his home run to left on 1-2 pitch.

Notes

  • OF J.D. Drew sat out with a bruised right thigh.
  • RHP Eric Gagne will have his right elbow re-evaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles.
  • 1B Nomar Garciaparra had his 13-game hitting streak snapped.
  • Colorado RHP Mike DeJean will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder as early as Wednesday in Denver.
 
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Takashi Saito is pumped about getting the last three outs for his fourth save in four chances.  (AP)
Takashi Saito is pumped about getting the last three outs for his fourth save in four chances. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Colorado

C. Sullivan
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5000002
Jose Cruz Jr., RF4110111
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4000002
Matt Kemp, CF-LF^CF3223101
Willy Aybar, 3B-2B3110101
Andre Ethier, LF3020001
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000
    Danys Baez, P0000000
   a- Joel Guzman, PH-LF1000000
Ramon Martinez, 2B3001001
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH-3B1110000
Russell Martin, C3111101
Derek Lowe, P2000002
    Kenny Lofton, CF1010000
   c- Sandy Alomar Jr., PH1011000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000
Totals3461064112 
a-flied out for Baez in the 9th
b-doubled for Martinez in the 9th
c-singled for Lofton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Cruz Jr. (, Cook), Willy Aybar (, Cook), Olmedo Saenz (, Fuentes), Russell Martin (, Fuentes)
HR - Matt Kemp 2 (, Cook, Cook)
RBI - Matt Kemp 3 (), Ramon Martinez (), Russell Martin (), Sandy Alomar Jr. ()
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp 2 ()
CS - Jose Cruz Jr. (, 2nd base by Cook/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Garciaparra, Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe 5.2833230
Jonathan Broxton (BS,) 1.1322021
Danys Baez (W,-) 1000000
Takashi Saito (S,) 1100020
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 98-66, Jonathan Broxton 35-28, Danys Baez 19-13, Takashi Saito 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 4-8, Jonathan Broxton 1-1, Danys Baez 3-0, Takashi Saito 1-0
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 25, Jonathan Broxton 7, Danys Baez 3, Takashi Saito 4
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B5110021
Cory Sullivan, CF4230110
Todd Helton, 1B5112002
Matt Holliday, LF4130010
Garrett Atkins, 3B4022012
Brad Hawpe, RF4000012
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010100
Clint Barmes, SS4000003
Aaron Cook, P2010001
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000000
    Jose Mesa, P0000000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000
   b- Jorge Piedra, PH1000010
Totals3751242711 
a-flied out for Cook in the 7th
b-struck out for Fuentes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Cory Sullivan (, Broxton), Matt Holliday 2 (, Lowe, Broxton), Garrett Atkins (, Lowe), Yorvit Torrealba (, Lowe)
HR - Todd Helton (, Broxton)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (), Garrett Atkins 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton 2 ()
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Carroll-Helton, Carroll-Barmes-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook 7744302
Jose Mesa (H,) 1000110
Brian Fuentes (BS,; L,-) 1322000
IBB - Martin by Aaron Cook
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 94-57, Jose Mesa 14-7, Brian Fuentes 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 14-4, Jose Mesa 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 28, Jose Mesa 4, Brian Fuentes 6
Game Information
Attendance - 29221
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor