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Hawpe's late heroics foil Dodgers' 11-game win streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' longest winning streak in 13 years is over, thanks to Brad Hawpe, Jeff Francis and the Colorado bullpen.

Hawpe homered leading off the fifth inning and hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth, sending the Rockies to a 3-1 victory Wednesday night that snapped Los Angeles' 11-game run.

"It's a good win, but the streak had nothing to do with it," said Brian Fuentes, who pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances. "They played great the first two nights and we did, too. But tonight it was our turn.

"It was a pretty big feat for them to do 11 in a row, but everything has to come to an end sometimes, and it just happened to end tonight," added Fuentes, who got the save on his 31st birthday.

The Rockies' victory was only their third in 12 games against the Dodgers this season, so Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said it was special in several ways.

"For us, the Dodgers are a team our organization needs to beat and play better against," he said. "It was a significant step for our ballclub to beat a good pitcher in a big ballgame.

"They're as hot as they can be, and for us to do it late was good for us."

Hawpe was pleased to come up with the key hit and said he always enjoys playing the Dodgers, streak or no streak.

"The Dodgers are a fun team for me and the rest of the team to play against because they're a quality team and they're real competitive," Hawpe said.

Los Angeles manager Grady Little took the defeat in stride.

"There is no doubt in my mind we will be out there tomorrow to start a new streak," he said.

The Dodgers' Jeff Kent wasn't moping, either.

"We're not in it to have streaks, we're in it to get to the finish line first," said Kent, who popped out with the bases loaded as the Dodgers failed to score in the eighth.

Hawpe's two-out single off closer Takashi Saito scored Garrett Atkins from second and moved Matt Holliday from first to third. Holliday then came home on a delayed double steal.

He was caught off third on the play, but the Dodgers muffed the rundown when catcher Russell Martin couldn't hold onto a throw from third baseman Wilson Betemit. Martin was charged with an error.

Francis held the Dodgers to one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings. Three of the four walks he issued were intentional, and he struck out two and hit a batter with a pitch.

Colorado relievers Manuel Corpas and Jeremy Affeldt pitched out of the one-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth. After Corpas retired Kent, Affeldt (2-0) ended the inning on Andre Ethier's groundout.

Dodgers starter Derek Lowe (9-8) gave up three runs and six hits in 8 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked none.

The loss cost the Dodgers a chance to take over first place in the NL West. San Diego lost 4-3 to the New York Mets, but maintained a half-game lead.

With Francis holding the Dodgers' offense in check, Lowe tied the score at 1 with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.

Francis cut down a runner at the plate in the fourth, throwing out Julio Lugo as he attempted to steal home.

Hawpe went 2-for-3 against Lowe, including his 17th homer of the year. He is 8-for-14 lifetime against Lowe, with three homers and seven RBIs.

Notes

  • The Dodgers haven't won 12 in a row since 1976.
  • Los Angeles 1B Nomar Garciaparra was in the lineup after being activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day. Garciaparra, who had been sidelined since July 25 with a sprained right knee, went 1-for-2 with two walks, one intentional.
  • Dodgers right fielder J.D. Drew left the game because of a strained left quad.
  • Hawpe hit a three-run homer against Lowe on May 16 at Coors Field -- and threw out a runner at the plate from right field in a 5-1 win.
 
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Catch him if you can: Matt Holliday evades the tag as he steals home in the ninth.  (AP)
Catch him if you can: Matt Holliday evades the tag as he steals home in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

R. Furcal
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
Jason Smith, 2B-1B4000021 .267
Todd Helton, 1B4010010 .287
    Jamey Carroll, PR-2B0000000 .307
Garrett Atkins, 3B4100010 .307
Matt Holliday, LF4110010 .321
Brad Hawpe, RF4132000 .306
Yorvit Torrealba, C4000012 .260
Clint Barmes, SS3020000 .236
Cory Sullivan, CF3000002 .266
Jeff Francis, P2000000 .087
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Totals32372065 
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (24, Lowe)
HR - Brad Hawpe (17, Lowe)
SH - Jeff Francis (2)
RBI - Brad Hawpe 2 (56)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Hawpe (15)
SB - Matt Holliday (6, off Saito/Martin), Brad Hawpe (3, 3rd base off Saito/Martin)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Smith-Barmes-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis 7.1611420 3.44
Manuel Corpas 0.1000000 0.96
Jeremy Affeldt (W,6-6) 0.1000000 5.74
Brian Fuentes (S,23) 1000000 3.50
IBB - Martin by Jeff Francis, by Repko, by Garciaparra
HBP - Repko (by Jeff Francis), Saenz (by Manuel Corpas)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 112-63, Manuel Corpas 8-5, Jeremy Affeldt 3-1, Brian Fuentes 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 9-8, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Brian Fuentes 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 30, Manuel Corpas 2, Jeremy Affeldt 1, Brian Fuentes 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4020002 .285
Julio Lugo, 3B-2B3010011 .300
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B2010200 .328
    Kenny Lofton, PR-CF0000000 .304
J.D. Drew, RF1000000 .278
   a- James Loney, PH-RF2000002 .266
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH-1B0000000 .306
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Jeff Kent, 2B-1B4010003 .266
Andre Ethier, LF4110004 .347
Russell Martin, C3000110 .301
Jason Repko, CF-RF2000100 .275
Derek Lowe, P2001002 .065
    Wilson Betemit, 3B1000000 .284
Totals281614214 
a-grounded out for Drew in the 4th
b-hit by pitch for Loney in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (24, Francis)
3B - Andre Ethier (5, Francis)
SF - Derek Lowe (1)
SH - Julio Lugo (4)
RBI - Derek Lowe (1)
SB - Kenny Lofton (20, 2nd base off Corpas/Torrealba)
CS - Julio Lugo 2 (7, 2nd base by Francis/Torrealba, Home by Francis/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Lowe-Furcal-Garciaparra
E - Russell Martin (3, )
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (L,9-8) 8.2633061 4.09
Takashi Saito 0.1100000 2.28
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 107-71, Takashi Saito 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 11-8
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 31, Takashi Saito 2
Game Information
Attendance - 46643
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Randy Marsh