|L.A. Dodgers (17-13) «||4||2||0||0||3||2||0||1||0||12||14||0|
DENVER -- James Loney came to bat in the eighth with a chance for a record-setting night.
He had to settle for a stellar night instead.
He had a chance to break his single-game record of nine RBI when he came to the plate with the bases loaded in the eighth, but he struck out.
"I was just trying to hit a ball hard somewhere, but I missed my pitch on the first pitch," Loney said.
The Dodgers didn't miss many pitches. They finished with 14 hits, and they've scored 11 or more runs in three of their last four games.
"It seems like everybody's getting that rhythm together," Russell Martin said. "We're having fun playing right now, and that's the main thing."
Brad Hawpe went 3-for-5 with a homer and drove in four runs, and Matt Holliday also homered for the Rockies, who have lost three straight and 11th of their last 13 games. Colorado is 11-19 and is eight game under .500 for the first time since May 22, 2007.
"It's not fun losing. We are a quality team with a lot of good players," Hawpe said. "To go out there and lose and have as tough as stretch as we have had lately is upsetting."
Jorge De La Rosa (0-1) took the loss in his first major league game of the season. De La Rosa, acquired from Kansas City on Wednesday, gave up nine runs and nine hits with three walks in four innings.
The Rockies said De La Rosa was not the player to be named later in the March 27 trade for reliever Ramon Ramirez. The teams have until June 15 to complete that deal. Instead, the team said De La Rosa was acquired in a separate deal, for another player to be determined in the future.
Loney was the difference in the game. He hit a three-run double in the first inning, and his three-run homer in the fifth that made it 9-6 and chased De La Rosa.
"The hanging slider to Loney was a deal-breaker," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
Loney's six RBI were the most since his two-homer, nine-RBI performance at Colorado on Sept. 28, 2006. He also had hit his first major league home run against Colorado, on Sept. 2, 2006.
He nearly had another RBI in the sixth, but center fielder Willy Taveras made a diving catch of Loney's drive to the gap in left-center.
"When he uses the whole field, he's pretty special," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "He's got some tools, the only thing he needs are at-bats that are going to make him a whole lot more consistent."
The Dodgers took a 6-0 lead with four runs in the first and two in the second. Loney's three-run double highlighted the first. Matt Kemp had a sacrifice fly and Jeff Kent an RBI groundout in the second.
Colorado rallied for three runs in the bottom of the second, and tied it in the third. Holliday led off with a blast to deep left-center, his fifth of the year. After Garrett Atkins chased Loaiza with a double, Hawpe hit Kuo's first pitch into the right field seats to make it 6-6.
Kuo settled down after that, giving up just two hits and retiring nine of 10 batters at one stretch.
"That was a huge three-plus," Torre said of Kuo. "He got us the stability back."
|James Loney accounts for half of the Dodgers' 12 runs as L.A. claims its eighth win in a row. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||3||2||0||1||0||0||.381|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||2||3||0||1||0||0||.313|
|Matt Kemp, RF||3||2||2||1||1||0||0||.327|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||3||1||1||2||1||1||3||.298|
|Chin-lung Hu, PR-2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Russell Martin, 3B-C||3||2||1||2||2||0||1||.297|
|James Loney, 1B||5||1||2||6||0||1||4||.276|
|Andruw Jones, CF||5||0||1||0||0||2||4||.163|
|Gary Bennett, C||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.143|
|Blake Dewitt, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Esteban Loaiza, P||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.333|
|Hong-Chih Kuo, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a- Delwyn Young, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.357|
|Scott Proctor, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mark Sweeney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.095|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Kuo in the 7th|
|b-popped out for Broxton in the 9th|
|2B - Matt Kemp (8, Newman), James Loney (6, De La Rosa)|
|HR - James Loney (3, De La Rosa)|
|SF - Matt Kemp (2), Jeff Kent (1)|
|RBI - Matt Kemp (22), Jeff Kent 2 (18), Russell Martin 2 (13), James Loney 6 (25)|
|SB - Rafael Furcal (8, 3rd base off De La Rosa/Torrealba), Juan Pierre 2 (9, 2nd base off De La Rosa/Torrealba, 3rd base off Speier/Torrealba), Matt Kemp (7, 2nd base off Speier/Torrealba)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Hong-Chih Kuo (W,1-1)||3.2||3||1||1||0||5||1||3.05|
|Jonathan Broxton (H,4)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.08|
|HBP - Torrealba (by Esteban Loaiza)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Esteban Loaiza 44-25, Hong-Chih Kuo 44-32, Scott Proctor 19-11, Jonathan Broxton 20-12, Takashi Saito 23-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hong-Chih Kuo 5-1, Jonathan Broxton 2-1, Takashi Saito 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Esteban Loaiza 14, Hong-Chih Kuo 14, Scott Proctor 5, Jonathan Broxton 4, Takashi Saito 5|
|Willy Taveras, CF||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.253|
|Clint Barmes, SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||2||.284|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||2||2||1||1||0||0||.299|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||1||2||.276|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||4||2||1||0||1||2||3||.315|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||5||2||3||4||0||1||2||.260|
|Jeff Baker, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.194|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Jorge De La Rosa, P||1||0||0||1||0||1||1||.000|
|Jason Grilli, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Speier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jon Herrera, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Matt Herges, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Newman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Scott Podsednik, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.313|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Speier in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Newman in the 8th|
|2B - Clint Barmes (7, Saito), Matt Holliday (9, Proctor), Todd Helton (8, Loaiza), Garrett Atkins (8, Loaiza), Jeff Baker (3, Loaiza), Yorvit Torrealba (6, Kuo)|
|HR - Matt Holliday (5, Loaiza), Brad Hawpe (2, Kuo)|
|SF - Jorge De La Rosa (1)|
|RBI - Matt Holliday (17), Brad Hawpe 4 (12), Jeff Baker (4), Jorge De La Rosa (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brad Hawpe (3)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Grilli-Baker-Helton|
|Jorge De La Rosa (L,0-1)||4||9||9||9||3||4||1||20.25|
|IBB - Kent by Josh Newman|
|WP - Jorge De La Rosa (1), Ryan Speier (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 98-57, Jason Grilli 21-10, Ryan Speier 6-6, Matt Herges 8-5, Josh Newman 21-9, Brian Fuentes 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 6-2, Jason Grilli 2-0, Ryan Speier 1-2, Josh Newman 2-0, Brian Fuentes 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 24, Jason Grilli 6, Ryan Speier 3, Matt Herges 3, Josh Newman 7, Brian Fuentes 3|
|Attendance - 38597|
|Game Time - 3:27|
|Temperature - 58|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Bob Davidson|