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"I've got to give Russ a lot of credit. The game plan he had was working tonight," Stults said after taming an offense that came in second in the NL in batting average, runs and on-base percentage. "He wanted me to pound them in with the fastball and keep them off my changeup away. And that's pretty much what we did. We kept them honest inside."
Stults (1-1) allowed two runs in his fourth major league start and retired his final 13 batters after giving up a two-out RBI single by Troy Tulowitzki in the third.
The Dodgers' 26-year-old left-hander threw 66 of his 102 pitches for strikes. Stults also was active on the basepaths with a double in the fourth inning, and scored a run during the Dodgers' five-run second after reaching on a fielder's choice grounder.
"In Triple-A, they try to keep us on a pretty strict pitch count. So I was getting to probably where I was starting to run out of gas a little bit," Stults said. "I could tell my legs were getting heavy. It seemed like every time I came to the plate, I had to run hard."
One reason Stults was tabbed to replace struggling lefty Mark Hendrickson in the rotation was so the Dodgers could start him again five days later against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. In two previous starts against the Mets, he allowed three runs and seven hits over 11 1/3 innings. Stults beat them 9-1 with six innings of two-hit ball on Sept. 10, 2006, in his first big league start.
"It definitely helped having gotten those first few starts out of the way, so it's not quite as nerve-racking when you go out there," he said. "Obviously, this is a confidence boost. I don't know what the future may hold, but I'll just try to take this into the next outing."
Jeff Kent tied Joe DiMaggio for 65th place on the career home run list, while the Dodgers won their third straight after losing 13 of 16. Los Angeles remains 6½ games behind Arizona in the NL West, while the Rockies are seven games back.
Josh Fogg (7-8) pitched 6 2/3 innings and was charged with six runs and eight hits -- six of which came during the Dodgers' big rally. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 5.91 ERA in his last six starts against them.
Kent, who has more home runs than any second baseman in big league history, drove Fogg's first pitch of the inning to center field for his 16th homer and 361st of his career -- triggering the five-run rally. The 16-year veteran pulled even with DiMaggio in his 7,946th at-bat -- 1,125 more than "The Yankee Clipper" had during his 13 seasons patrolling center field in New York.
"Kent's in elite territory," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "I got to know him a little bit when I was in New York, and you always know that when he's in the other dugout, you're in for a dogfight. He's done well against us, so he's always made his presence felt. He's been a great player for a long time, and he plays to win."
Pierre chased Fogg with a two-out triple in the seventh and scored on a single by Mark Sweeney, who made his first start with the Dodgers at first base after pinch-hitting five times.
|In his fourth major league start, Eric Stults strikes out nine and retires the final 13 batters. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||.232|
|a- Kaz Matsui, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.299|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.284|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.338|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.299|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.283|
|Ryan Spilborghs, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.321|
|Ramon Ortiz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ian Stewart, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.400|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.272|
|Clint Barmes, CF||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||.207|
|c- Cory Sullivan, PH-CF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.323|
|Josh Fogg, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.125|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.289|
|a-struck out for Carroll in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Ortiz in the 9th|
|c-singled for Barmes in the 8th|
|HR - Garrett Atkins (18, Proctor)|
|SH - Josh Fogg (8)|
|RBI - Jamey Carroll (19), Troy Tulowitzki (64), Garrett Atkins 2 (86)|
|2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (16)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Torrealba-Carroll|
|E - Clint Barmes (1, Throwing(Ground rule))|
|Josh Fogg (L,7-8)||6.2||8||6||6||0||4||1||4.82|
|HBP - Furcal (by Josh Fogg), Ethier (by Josh Fogg)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 102-60, Ramon Ortiz 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 8-7, Ramon Ortiz 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 29, Ramon Ortiz 5|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Juan Pierre, CF||4||1||2||2||0||0||2||.289|
|Mark Sweeney, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.263|
|Ramon Martinez, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.170|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.291|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Proctor, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luis Gonzalez, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Russell Martin, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.289|
|Andre Ethier, RF||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||.295|
|Shea Hillenbrand, 3B||3||0||1||1||0||1||1||.250|
|Eric Stults, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.286|
|a- James Loney, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.309|
|a-flied out for Stults in the 7th|
|2B - Rafael Furcal (20, Fogg), Luis Gonzalez (22, Fogg), Eric Stults (1, Fogg)|
|3B - Juan Pierre (6, Fogg)|
|HR - Jeff Kent (16, Fogg)|
|SF - Andre Ethier (6)|
|RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (30), Mark Sweeney (12), Jeff Kent (64), Andre Ethier (48), Shea Hillenbrand (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (14), Mark Sweeney (3)|
|SB - Juan Pierre (50, 2nd base off Fogg/Torrealba)|
|CS - Russell Martin (5, 2nd base by Ortiz/Torrealba), Andre Ethier (4, 2nd base by Fogg/Torrealba)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Eric Stults (W,1-1)||7||2||2||2||1||9||0||3.91|
|Takashi Saito (S,32)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 102-66, Jonathan Broxton 24-20, Scott Proctor 13-10, Takashi Saito 7-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 7-5|
|Batters Faced - Eric Stults 24, Jonathan Broxton 5, Scott Proctor 3, Takashi Saito 2|
|Attendance - 48072|
|Game Time - 2:37|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Travis Reininger, Third Base - Mike Everitt|