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Derek Lowe won his seventh straight decision despite a shaky outing and the Dodgers held onto their lead in the NL wild-card race by overcoming a three-run deficit for a 6-4 victory on Wednesday night.
"Right now it doesn't matter how we win, only that we win," center fielder Kenny Lofton said after helping the Dodgers stay one game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies, who beat Washington 8-7 in 14 innings.
The not-so-stylish Dodgers also pulled within one game of NL West-leading San Diego, which lost to St. Louis 4-2.
"Still, our No. 1 goal is to win our division," said Lowe (16-8), who got the win despite scuffling through six innings and getting roughed up for four earned runs and 10 hits.
Lowe said he won't look back with any regrets on his performance because at Coors Field, outfielders play deep and fly balls that are outs at other ballparks fall in for hits here, and the runners often take the extra base.
"This is the only place where I try to go into the game and all I think about trying to stay in the game longer than the other starting pitcher," he said. "It doesn't matter what the score is because runs are going to be scored here.
"It was an exceptionally good win because of the time of the year it came."
The Dodgers fell behind 4-1 entering the sixth with Rockies right-hander Aaron Cook (9-15) in command. But J.D. Drew's two-run triple put Los Angeles within striking distance, and the Dodgers scored three times in the seventh to secure their 14th win in 18 games against Colorado this season.
"They have been like this (against) us all year," Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said. "They get the clutch hits, and they did all the little things to win ballgames, and that is why they are in the race right now and we're not."
Andre Ethier, pinch hitting for Lowe, tied it at 4 with a run-scoring single, and a bad throw by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki allowed Wilson Betemit to score the go-ahead run. Jeff Kent followed with a run-scoring double.
Rafael Furcal and Lofton each hit potential double-play ground balls during the three-run inning but beat the relay.
"Those were the keys to the whole inning," Los Angeles manager Grady Little said. "I tell you, the hustle that we got out of some baserunners kept us right in there for a chance at a couple of big hits, and that was the difference."
Cook allowed six earned runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings but felt good about his outing.
"There is a whole different level of energy when someone is in the playoff race and the position they are in," Cook said. "They are just going to fight and scratch the whole game to try and pull out a win, and they were able to do it tonight."
Betemit gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead with a 437-foot homer into the second deck in right-center field above the bullpens in the third.
They added two runs in the fifth, thanks in part to a balk by Lowe.
Jeff Salazar, who reached on a one-out single, was balked to second just before Garrett Atkins grounded a double down the left-field line, allowing Salazar to score. Holliday followed with an RBI-single.
Dodgers shortstop Nomar Garciaparra tied his season high with three hits despite a sore side muscle and a sore quadriceps, which limited him to a single when he hit a ball off the wall in the first inning. Little said he probably won't start Garciaparra against the Rockies on Thursday. Garciaparra said he'll be ready to pinch hit, however.
Little said that because Lowe was limited to 90 pitches, he will pitch on three days' rest Sunday at San Francisco if the Dodgers need to win that day to wrap up a playoff berth.
"If the Dodgers played us all the time, they probably would win the World Series this year," Cook said.
|Derek Lowe claims his 16th victory after yielding four runs on 10 hits over six innings. (AP)|
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|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.301|
|Kenny Lofton, CF||4||2||1||1||0||1||0||.297|
|Nomar Garciaparra, 1B||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.306|
|Delwyn Young, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.286|
|J.D. Drew, RF||4||0||1||2||0||1||1||.280|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.284|
|Marlon Anderson, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Jason Repko, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||3||2||1||1||1||0||1||.263|
|Derek Lowe, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.094|
|a- Andre Ethier, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.312|
|James Loney, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.258|
|a-singled for Lowe in the 7th|
|2B - Jeff Kent (26, Corpas)|
|3B - J.D. Drew (6, Cook), Marlon Anderson (4, Cook)|
|HR - Wilson Betemit (18, Cook)|
|RBI - Kenny Lofton (40), Jeff Kent (68), J.D. Drew 2 (95), Wilson Betemit (50), Andre Ethier (55)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jeff Kent (30), J.D. Drew 2 (35)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Furcal-Kent-Garciaparra, Garciaparra-Furcal|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Derek Lowe (W,16-8)||6||10||4||4||1||4||0||3.63|
|Jonathan Broxton (H,11)||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||2.64|
|Takashi Saito (S,22)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.12|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 90-59, Jonathan Broxton 36-20, Takashi Saito 17-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 9-3, Jonathan Broxton 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 27, Jonathan Broxton 7, Takashi Saito 4|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||1||0||.298|
|Jeff Salazar, CF||5||1||2||0||0||2||2||.311|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||4||2||3||1||0||0||0||.325|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.332|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.305|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.287|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.268|
|J.D. Closser, C||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.204|
|a- Kaz Matsui, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.263|
|Aaron Cook, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.052|
|Manuel Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jeff Baker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.354|
|a-flied out for Closser in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Affeldt in the 9th|
|2B - Garrett Atkins (48, Lowe), Matt Holliday (45, Lowe)|
|RBI - Garrett Atkins (116), Matt Holliday (109), Todd Helton (80)|
|2-OUT RBI - Garrett Atkins (34), Matt Holliday (30)|
|SB - Matt Holliday (10, 2nd base off Lowe/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Matt Holliday 1|
|DP - Carroll-Tulowitzki-Helton, Carroll-Tulowitzki-Helton|
|Aaron Cook (L,9-15)||6.2||11||6||6||1||4||1||4.23|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 98-66, Manuel Corpas 18-11, Jeremy Affeldt 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 10-4, Manuel Corpas 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 30, Manuel Corpas 4, Jeremy Affeldt 3|
|Attendance - 18858|
|Game Time - 2:38|
|Temperature - 54|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Randy Marsh|