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W: J. Beimel (1-0) L: M. Corpas (0-2)
HR: COL - None   LA - None

Dodgers need extra innings to nab season-high third straight win

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LOS ANGELES -- Perhaps a three-game sweep of the NL champion Colorado Rockies will help spark the Los Angeles Dodgers after they spun their wheels for the first four weeks of the season.

James Loney singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and the Dodgers beat the Rockies 3-2 on Sunday, sending Colorado to its seventh loss in eight games.

The Rockies had won the final seven meetings between the teams last season, including a four-game sweep at Coors Field during a 14-1 finishing kick that earned them a wild-card berth and catapulted them into the playoffs.

"Anytime you can sweep a team at home, it's always a positive," Dodgers center fielder Andruw Jones said. "We've been struggling a little bit to score runs today, but we came out here and took advantage when those guys made some mistakes and we managed to sneak in a win."

It's the first three-game winning streak of the season for the Dodgers under new manager Joe Torre, who used his 24th different lineup in 25 games as he continues to search for a consistent combination.

Los Angeles has had six different managers since winning the 1988 World Series under Tommy Lasorda, and has won only one postseason game since then. So turning this team into a pennant contender remains a daily challenge for Torre, who made the playoffs in each of the last 12 seasons with the New York Yankees.

"You're never going to find the combination that you're going to put out there day in and day out," Torre said. "The fact that we can bat so many of our guys second or seventh is just the versatility of the type of players we have, so I'm not really searching for something that you can sort of phone in every day."

It was the fifth extra-inning game this season for the Rockies, including a 22-inning win at San Diego on April 17, and a 13-inning loss to the Dodgers on Friday night.

"We didn't come in here thinking we were going to get swept," reliever Matt Herges said. "It's a tad demoralizing, but there's no one in here who's going to hang their head. I think we were worse at this time last year, so nobody's panicking."

The Rockies' actually have the same 10-15 record they had last season after 25 games. The pitching staff on Monday night will break the franchise record for most innings worked in April, which was set in 1998 with 240.

"I can't speak for the starters, but in the bullpen, I think we're still pretty fresh," Herges said. "I mean, we played a 22-inning game, for goodness sakes, and that taxed us bad. We weathered it, but losing these extra-inning games is tough, especially on the road."

Manny Corpas (0-2) walked Rafael Furcal and pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney to open the 10th. Both runners advanced on Matt Kemp's sacrifice bunt, and Loney grounded a 1-0 pitch through the right side of the infield to end it.

Joe Beimel (1-0) got the win, stranding runners at second and third in the top of the 10th when Jeff Baker fouled out to first base.

The Rockies had a great chance to take the lead in the eighth, but Troy Tulowitzki grounded into an inning-ending double play started by Furcal. That made the Rockies 2-for-16 in bases-loaded situations.

Herges relieved Colorado starter Jeff Francis after seven innings and gave up singles by Kemp and Martin with none out. The former Dodgers right-hander then turned Loney's comebacker into a 1-6-3 double play and struck out Jones to strand Kemp at third.

Less than 24 hours after putting up a 10-run first inning against left-hander Mark Redman -- capped by Kemp's first career grand slam -- Los Angeles came up empty in the first against Francis as Jones flied out with the bases loaded. But the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

Blake DeWitt hit his first big-league triple with two out. Dodgers pitcher Esteban Loaiza drove him in with a single to right after an intentional walk to Chin-Lung Hu, and Furcal drove in Loaiza with a bloop single to center.

The Rockies tied it in the fifth on a leadoff double by Baker, a two-out RBI double by Willy Taveras and a run-scoring single by Todd Helton.

Loaiza threw 70 pitches in his first start since April 7, allowing two runs and five hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Francis allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking three. He remained winless this season in five starts after winning 17 games last season.

Notes

  • Umpire Kerwin Danley was released from a hospital early Sunday morning, about five hours after he took a 96 mph fastball to the right side of his jaw -- briefly losing consciousness when the pitch from Dodgers right-hander Brad Penny hit his face mask.
  • Mitch Muchlinski, in his fourth year as a vacation replacement ump, was at first base. Regular crew chief Charlie Relaford, who was on vacation this week while Angel Campos filled in for him, will fly into Anaheim on Monday and rejoin his colleagues for the start of the Angels-Oakland series.
  • Francis pitched his first day game of the season. He was 8-0 with a 2.48 ERA in nine starts under the natural light last year.
 
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James Loney (hatless) gets swarmed by teammates after his game-winning hit in the 10th.  (Getty Images)
James Loney (hatless) gets swarmed by teammates after his game-winning hit in the 10th. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF5121001 .272
Todd Helton, 1B3021202 .292
Matt Holliday, LF5000003 .313
Garrett Atkins, 3B5010003 .324
Brad Hawpe, RF4020100 .247
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5000002 .157
Jeff Baker, 2B5110003 .185
Yorvit Torrealba, C4010012 .235
Jeff Francis, P2000011 .100
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Podsednik, PH0000100 .321
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
Totals3829242  
a-walked for Herges in the 9th
Batting
2B - Willy Taveras (6, Loaiza), Jeff Baker (2, Loaiza)
SH - Jeff Francis (2)
RBI - Willy Taveras (3), Todd Helton (9)
2-OUT RBI - Willy Taveras (3), Todd Helton (5)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Herges-Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis 7522360 5.01
Matt Herges 1200010 2.16
Manny Corpas (L,0-2) 1.1211310 6.91
IBB - Hu by Jeff Francis, Martin by Manny Corpas
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 112-73, Matt Herges 14-9, Manny Corpas 32-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 7-8, Matt Herges 1-0, Manny Corpas 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 29, Matt Herges 4, Manny Corpas 8
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4121100 .363
Andre Ethier, LF4000013 .305
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH0000100 .063
Matt Kemp, RF4020000 .295
Russell Martin, C3010201 .280
James Loney, 1B4011111 .299
Andruw Jones, CF4000034 .159
Blake Dewitt, 3B4110030 .254
Chin-lung Hu, 2B3110100 .261
Esteban Loaiza, P2011000 .250
    Cory Wade, P0000000 .000
   b- Juan Pierre, PH-LF2000001 .250
Totals3439368  
a-walked for Beimel in the 10th
b-flied out for Wade in the 7th
Batting
3B - Blake Dewitt (1, Francis)
SH - Matt Kemp (1)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (11), James Loney (16), Esteban Loaiza (1)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (5), Esteban Loaiza (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Hu-Loney
E - Chin-lung Hu (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Esteban Loaiza 5522110 4.15
Cory Wade 2100000 2.25
Jonathan Broxton 1000200 2.31
Takashi Saito 1100110 2.61
Joe Beimel (W,1-0) 1200000 1.04
IBB - Hawpe by Jonathan Broxton
Pitches-Strikes - Esteban Loaiza 70-44, Cory Wade 23-19, Jonathan Broxton 22-11, Takashi Saito 23-12, Joe Beimel 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esteban Loaiza 4-10, Cory Wade 2-4, Jonathan Broxton 3-0, Joe Beimel 2-1
Batters Faced - Esteban Loaiza 21, Cory Wade 7, Jonathan Broxton 5, Takashi Saito 5, Joe Beimel 5
Game Information
Attendance - 50670
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Angel Campos