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Los Angeles at Colorado

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L.A. Dodgers (49-50) «81214000016181
Colorado (43-58)00121211210201

Dodgers score eight in first, hang on to win 16-10 at Coors

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DENVER -- The Los Angeles Dodgers were outhit 20-18, burned through five pitchers and never felt entirely in control of the game.

Funny, coming from a team that jumped out to an eight-run lead in the first inning. The Dodgers had to sweat out a 16-10 victory against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night in a game that played more like softball.

What exactly was that?

"Arena baseball," manager Joe Torre said of the nearly four-hour game. "When you get eight runs, it's a nice lead. But in this ballpark, you are certainly not safe. We couldn't shut them down."

The Dodgers actually never lost control of this game, setting season highs in runs and hits as they won for the fourth time in their past five games to remain tied with Arizona for first in the NL West.

That big opening inning was just the cushion they needed as Matt Kemp paved the way with two doubles in the frame.

Kemp seems to be making a habit of tormenting the Rockies in big first innings. On April 26 in Los Angeles, he hit a sacrifice fly and a grand slam off Mark Redman to cap a 10-run opening frame during an 11-3 victory.

This time, Kemp led off the game with a double over Willy Taveras' head in center, and later laced an RBI double that hopped over the fence.

"I don't know why that is," he said of his opening-inning success. "Hopefully, I'll repeat it tomorrow."

Kip Wells, who was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list before the game, had a frightful first, throwing 40 pitches and getting only one out before being yanked by manager Clint Hurdle. Wells (1-2) plodded off the field to a smattering of boos.

The 31-year-old righty has been out since late April with a blood clot in his right hand.

"There aren't a lot of times when you watch 26 of the 27 outs in a game you started," Wells said. "Of course, I am disappointed. To add insult to injury, the bullpen had to practically pitch nine innings. I couldn't seem to find a way to get an out."

The Dodgers' bats were rolling all night long. By the fourth inning, every position player in the Los Angeles lineup had a hit.

James Loney finished with five RBI, including a bases-clearing triple in the fifth.

Not to be outdone, Jeff Kent had three hits, including two doubles, drove in two runs and scored three runs before getting the rest of the night off in the bottom of the fifth. Pablo Ozuna replaced him.

Russell Martin also chipped in three singles and scored three times.

"It's always fun when you're getting big hits and scoring runs," said Loney, who was 3-for-6.

Matt Holliday had three hits for the Rockies, including his 17th home run of the season, a solo shot to deep center in the third. He also added an RBI on an infield single in the fourth and a run-scoring double in the seventh.

Troy Tulowitzki had a career-high five hits in his first game back since slamming his bat in frustration on July 4, sending shards of wood into his right hand. Tulowitzki, who came off the 15-day disabled list Monday, received 16 stitches at the base of his right index finger.

"Anytime you get any hits it's nice, let alone five," Tulowitzki said. "You know, we lost the game tonight, and that's the main thing I look at."

Notes

  • Rockies 1B Todd Helton said his strained lower back is feeling better, but there's no timetable for his return. He has been on the disabled list since early July.
  • Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw will be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Tuesday night.
  • Brian Falkenborg (2-2) came on in relief, going 1 1/3 innings to pick up the victory.
  • The Rockies lost for only the second time in franchise history when pounding out at least 20 hits.
 
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Tough night: Kip Wells comes off the DL to yield eight runs on seven hits in one-third of an inning.  (AP)
Tough night: Kip Wells comes off the DL to yield eight runs on seven hits in one-third of an inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 5
R 1
H 5
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 5
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Kemp, RF5121113 .287
Andre Ethier, LF6222013 .281
Russell Martin, C6331002 .299
Jeff Kent, 2B3332100 .257
    Pablo Ozuna, 2B2010010 .288
James Loney, 1B6235002 .300
Andruw Jones, CF4110034 .166
Andy LaRoche, 3B3111201 .200
Angel Berroa, SS5122001 .205
Eric Stults, P2201101 .154
    Brian Falkenborg, P1000010 .000
    Cory Wade, P0000000 .000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1000001 .252
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .333
Totals4416181557  
a-popped out for Wade in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Kemp 2 (24, Wells, Wells), Andre Ethier (24, Wells), Jeff Kent 2 (17, Speier, Speier), Angel Berroa (3, Corpas)
3B - James Loney (5, Herges)
RBI - Matt Kemp (54), Andre Ethier 2 (45), Russell Martin (48), Jeff Kent 2 (43), James Loney 5 (56), Andy LaRoche (5), Angel Berroa 2 (2), Eric Stults (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Kent 2 (17)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Andre Ethier (2, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Eric Stults 3.2633341 3.18
Brian Falkenborg (W,2-2) 1.1411100 5.79
Cory Wade 2433120 2.95
Joe Beimel 0.1211100 1.78
Hong-Chih Kuo 1.2422010 1.89
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 74-40, Brian Falkenborg 30-17, Cory Wade 39-31, Joe Beimel 17-8, Hong-Chih Kuo 30-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 3-4, Brian Falkenborg 2-2, Cory Wade 3-1, Hong-Chih Kuo 3-1
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 20, Brian Falkenborg 9, Cory Wade 11, Joe Beimel 4, Hong-Chih Kuo 9
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4000224 .241
Jeff Baker, 2B2010100 .280
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   a- Seth Smith, PH1000003 .240
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Podsednik, PH-LF2120000 .252
Matt Holliday, LF3233200 .338
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
   c- Yorvit Torrealba, PH1000011 .242
Garrett Atkins, 1B6210017 .303
Chris Iannetta, C5210103 .277
Brad Hawpe, RF6133000 .261
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5151000 .192
Ian Stewart, 3B6132013 .261
Kip Wells, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Speier, P1000012 .000
   d- Clint Barmes, PH-2B4010013 .303
Totals461020967  
a-flied out for Herges in the 5th
b-singled for Grilli in the 7th
c-struck out for Buchholz in the 9th
d-struck out for Speier in the 4th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (23, Wade), Garrett Atkins (20, Wade), Chris Iannetta (13, Kuo), Troy Tulowitzki (12, Stults), Ian Stewart (6, Stults)
HR - Matt Holliday (17, Stults)
SF - Troy Tulowitzki (1)
RBI - Matt Holliday 3 (58), Brad Hawpe 3 (45), Troy Tulowitzki (17), Ian Stewart 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (20), Brad Hawpe 2 (15)
SB - Clint Barmes (5, 2nd base off Falkenborg/Martin)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Baker-Atkins, Tulowitzki-Barmes-Atkins
E - Jeff Baker (5, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Kip Wells (L,1-2) 0.1787110 5.40
Ryan Speier 3.2644220 4.79
Matt Herges 1344100 4.31
Luis Vizcaino 1000120 6.16
Jason Grilli 1100010 3.27
Manny Corpas 1100000 5.03
Taylor Buchholz 1000010 1.75
HBP - A. Jones (by Matt Herges)
WP - Kip Wells (2), Ryan Speier (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kip Wells 40-22, Ryan Speier 62-39, Matt Herges 22-12, Luis Vizcaino 20-11, Jason Grilli 13-9, Manny Corpas 17-11, Taylor Buchholz 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kip Wells 1-0, Ryan Speier 6-2, Matt Herges 1-1, Jason Grilli 1-1, Manny Corpas 1-2, Taylor Buchholz 2-0
Batters Faced - Kip Wells 10, Ryan Speier 18, Matt Herges 7, Luis Vizcaino 4, Jason Grilli 4, Manny Corpas 4, Taylor Buchholz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38291
Game Time - 3:40
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Tom Hallion