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Hawpe's homer helps Rockies sweep Dodgers out of town

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DENVER -- Another night, another curtain call.

Brad Hawpe sheepishly poked his head out of the dugout and waved to the crowd after hitting a two-run homer in the eighth as Colorado rallied for a 6-5 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Hawpe wasn't sure of the proper protocol for a curtain call, this being the first one of his life.

The Rockies right fielder should've asked Todd Helton for advice. The fans enticed Helton out of the dugout for a deafening round of applause on Tuesday night after he hit a game-winning two-run homer off Takashi Saito in the ninth.

"This is special," Hawpe said.

Hawpe's homer to right came off Jonathan Broxton, who also gave up a two-run shot to Ryan Spilborghs the night before.

"I made a mistake and paid for it," Broxton said.

Hawpe learned something striking out on Tuesday against Broxton. So when Broxton (4-4) shook off catcher Russell Martin on a 3-2 pitch, Hawpe figured he was going to throw the slider.

He figured right.

"I thought it was gone as soon as I hit it," Hawpe said. "If it hadn't have gone out, I would've been pretty upset."

Colorado, winners of four in a row, moved a game ahead of Los Angeles in the NL wild-card race.

However, the Rockies picked up no ground on the wild-card leading San Diego Padres, and still trail by 4½ games. The Padres beat Pittsburgh on Wednesday night on a ninth-inning home run.

Matt Holliday hit two solo home runs off Brad Penny, giving him a career-high 35 homers this season. Holliday has 10 homers in his last 11 games.

"He's on a different level," Helton said. "He's locked in and swinging the bat well."

The ever-modest Holliday claimed he's simply making good contact.

"I just continue to try to see the ball and put a good swing on it," he said.

For Hawpe, it's been a rough September. He came into the game hitting .180 this month.

"Things aren't going to go right all the time," he said. "I haven't been good lately. It's nice to come through today."

The Rockies are eight games over .500 for the first time since July 6, 2000. They still believe there's time to sneak into the postseason.

"Why not?" Hawpe said. "We're still within good striking distance. If we didn't feel like that, we wouldn't have won the last two games. We've worked hard for this. It's something you're thinking about at night, you're thinking about eating breakfast, talking to your wife. ... I think everybody feels we're just good."

Grady Little was mellow after the Dodgers' fourth consecutive loss. The clubhouse wasn't much better as players quickly showered and left.

"We got all our mileage out of singles while they got all theirs out of home runs," Little said.

Brian Fuentes (2-5) pitched a scoreless eighth and Manuel Corpas worked the ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances. Corpas has saved 16 in a row dating back to July 7.

Penny was in line for his 17th win of the season before the eighth inning. Penny went six innings, giving up four runs -- three earned -- and nine hits. He also allowed a season-high three homers after giving up only six all season before Wednesday night.

He was still angry with himself over the pitches he made to Holliday.

"I was trying to get ahead of him," he said. "Time is running out on us. We aren't coming through at the end."

The Rockies sure are.

"It's freakish what we're doing," said pitcher Josh Fogg, who lasted five innings, giving up eight hits and three runs. "Nobody expects to hit two-run homers every night to win. They're not the norm, that's for sure."

Yorvit Torrealba made the most of a second chance by hitting his seventh homer of the season in the second. James Loney dropped Torrealba's pop fly in foul territory just before the home run. It was Torrealba's first home run since July 29 against the Dodgers. Torrealba also scored a run in the fourth after leading off the inning with a double.

Before the game, manager Clint Hurdle was stumping for Holliday to win the NL MVP award.

"Do I think it should happen? Yes, I do," Hurdle said. "He's worthy. He's done some remarkable things."

Holliday's putting up some impressive numbers. He's leading the NL in batting average (.340), RBI (128), extra-base hits (88), total bases (367), hits (204) and doubles (48).

"It's a pretty swing -- a powerful swing," Hurdle said. "I'm just enjoying the ride."

Same with the rest of the team -- one curtain call at a time.

Notes

  • 2B Kaz Matsui entered the game as a pinch runner in the eighth and stole his 31st base of the season. He's been out since Sept. 8 with a strained right hamstring.
  • Loney had two hits and drove in three runs.
 
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Brad Hawpe on his two-run home run in the eighth: 'I thought it was gone as soon as I hit it.'  (AP)
Brad Hawpe on his two-run home run in the eighth: 'I thought it was gone as soon as I hit it.' (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

M. Holliday
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, CF4220003 .294
Matt Kemp, RF5011012 .338
James Loney, 1B4023110 .328
Jeff Kent, 2B5020005 .297
    Wilson Valdez, PR0000000 .236
Luis Gonzalez, LF5010004 .279
Russell Martin, C5120001 .297
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B5020003 .281
Tony Abreu, SS4110013 .267
Brad Penny, P3121011 .254
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1000002 .250
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals41515514  
a-grounded out for Penny in the 7th
Batting
2B - Nomar Garciaparra (17, Fogg), Brad Penny (6, Fogg)
3B - Juan Pierre (8, Fogg)
SH - Juan Pierre (20)
RBI - Matt Kemp (40), James Loney 3 (58), Brad Penny (7)
SB - Juan Pierre (60, 2nd base off Fogg/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Kent-Abreu-Loney
E - James Loney (9, Dropped fly)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny 6943123 2.93
Scott Proctor (H,17) 0.2000000 3.51
Joe Beimel (H,15) 0.1000000 3.96
Jonathan Broxton (BS,6; L,4-4) 1222011 2.96
HBP - Holliday (by Scott Proctor)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 85-60, Scott Proctor 11-7, Joe Beimel 1-1, Jonathan Broxton 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 9-6, Scott Proctor 2-0, Joe Beimel 1-0, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 27, Scott Proctor 3, Joe Beimel 1, Jonathan Broxton 5
Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF4011001 .317
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4000002 .293
Matt Holliday, LF3222000 .340
Todd Helton, 1B4010001 .314
Garrett Atkins, 3B3020100 .294
    Kaz Matsui, PR0100000 .291
    Jamey Carroll, 3B0000000 .221
Brad Hawpe, RF4122013 .278
Yorvit Torrealba, C3221010 .261
Omar Quintanilla, 2B4010002 .235
Josh Fogg, P1000011 .143
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   a- Ian Stewart, PH1000001 .225
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .130
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Koshansky, PH1000000 .125
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
Totals32611613  
a-grounded out for Affeldt in the 6th
b-lined out for Fuentes in the 8th
Batting
2B - Cory Sullivan (6, Penny), Yorvit Torrealba (19, Penny)
HR - Matt Holliday 2 (35, Penny, Penny), Brad Hawpe (26, Broxton), Yorvit Torrealba (7, Penny)
SH - Yorvit Torrealba (5), Josh Fogg (9)
RBI - Cory Sullivan (14), Matt Holliday 2 (128), Brad Hawpe 2 (98), Yorvit Torrealba (44)
2-OUT RBI - Cory Sullivan (8), Matt Holliday (35)
SB - Kaz Matsui (31, 2nd base off Broxton/Martin)
Team LOB - 6
Colorado Rockies
Josh Fogg 5833020 4.99
Ryan Speier (BS,1)0422000 5.27
Jeremy Affeldt 1000100 3.65
Taylor Buchholz 1200010 4.42
Brian Fuentes (W,2-5) 1000010 3.21
Manuel Corpas (S,16) 1100000 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 88-59, Ryan Speier 13-7, Jeremy Affeldt 14-8, Taylor Buchholz 19-15, Brian Fuentes 14-10, Manuel Corpas 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 7-6, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1, Taylor Buchholz 1-1, Brian Fuentes 2-0, Manuel Corpas 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 23, Ryan Speier 4, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Taylor Buchholz 5, Brian Fuentes 3, Manuel Corpas 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26184
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Jim Reynolds