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LOS ANGELES -- Ian Stewart enjoyed quite a homecoming Tuesday night.
Stewart, who set season records in nearby Orange County for home runs (16) and RBI (61) as a senior at La Quinta High five years ago, had a home run and five RBI, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3 for their fourth consecutive victory.
Stewart, taken by the Rockies with the 10th overall pick in the 2003 draft, has spent most of his six professional seasons in the minors.
Those days appear to be in the past.
"It feels good to come home and do well," the 23-year-old infielder said. "I know a lot of (family) were watching on TV. I didn't have a lot (of family and friends) here tonight, just my dad and my agent. I'll have a lot more the next two games."
Stewart ranks second in the NL in on-base percentage since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on July 19, trailing only Holliday, who had four hits to match a career best.
"When I was up earlier, I struggled," Stewart said. "When I got called up, I felt prepared."
Stewart hit a two-out, two-run single in the first off Hiroki Kuroda (7-9) and added a three-run homer off Hong-Chih Kuo in the eighth to cap a four-run rally that gave the Rockies a five-run lead. Holliday opened the inning with his 24th home run off Jason Johnson.
Stewart, a left-handed hitter, is 14-for-33 against left-handers this year, and five of his past 12 hits have been home runs. Overall, he's hitting .293 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 47 games.
"Opportunities present themselves," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's definitely embraced this one and run with it."
Stewart made his big-league debut last season, hitting .209 in 35 games.
Ubaldo Jimenez (9-11) earned the victory despite working a shaky five innings. He allowed eight hits and three runs with one walk and seven strikeouts before being relieved by Luis Vizcaino to start the sixth. Colorado relievers blanked the Dodgers on three hits the rest of the way.
"They're obviously better than their record indicates," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "They have that lineup that we have trouble getting through, in the middle. Those guys have beaten us up a little bit -- and looking at Holliday's numbers, he's beaten a few people up. And Hawpe, too. I mean, we're capable of shutting them down, but we just weren't able to do it tonight."
The Rockies have hit at least one home run in 12 of their past 13 games, and have a total of 20 during that time.
Hawpe hit his 22nd home run in the third on the first pitch after Holliday's shot up the middle glanced off Kuroda's left ankle into short right field for a one-out single.
The Dodgers scored twice in the fourth to draw within one run after Jimenez retired the first two batters. Nomar Garciaparra singled, took third on a double by Casey Blake and scored on Yorvit Torrealba's passed ball. Jimenez walked Kuroda, who came to the plate hitting .100, before Kemp hit an RBI double. Andre Ethier then struck out for the third time.
Kuroda, who had given up one run in each of his previous three starts, retired his last nine batters before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. He allowed six hits and four runs in six innings while walking one and striking out three.
With the Rockies leading 4-3, the Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh against Manny Corpas on singles by Kent and Manny Ramirez and a walk to James Loney before Russell Martin flied to right.
"We had enough hits and some opportunities, but then the bullpen wasn't able to keep us close, which is uncharacteristic," Torre said. "Jason (Johnson) had a good seventh inning, but in the eighth inning the wheels came off. We get so spoiled, knowing what to expect with Kuo, and then when things like that happen, you're very surprised by it. I hope it's another month before we're surprised again."
|Ian Stewart smashes a three-run shot in the eighth, giving him a career-high five RBI on the night. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Clint Barmes, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.283|
|Willy Taveras, CF||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.261|
|Matt Holliday, LF||5||2||4||1||0||0||0||.344|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||3||3||1||2||2||1||1||.295|
|Garrett Atkins, 1B||3||1||0||0||2||0||1||.298|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||3||1||2||5||0||1||0||.293|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.239|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Ubaldo Jimenez, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.038|
|Luis Vizcaino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jeff Baker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Manny Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Seth Smith, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.282|
|Taylor Buchholz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Vizcaino in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Corpas in the 8th|
|2B - Matt Holliday (32, Troncoso), Troy Tulowitzki (17, Sturtze)|
|HR - Matt Holliday (24, J. Johnson), Brad Hawpe (22, Kuroda), Ian Stewart (9, Kuo)|
|SH - Ubaldo Jimenez (5)|
|RBI - Matt Holliday (73), Brad Hawpe 2 (70), Ian Stewart 5 (37)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ian Stewart 2 (12)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Stewart-Barmes-Atkins|
|PB - Yorvit Torrealba (4)|
|Ubaldo Jimenez (W,9-11)||5||8||3||3||1||7||0||3.99|
|Luis Vizcaino (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||4.91|
|Manny Corpas (H,11)||1||2||0||0||1||0||0||4.26|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 102-57, Luis Vizcaino 12-10, Manny Corpas 17-9, Taylor Buchholz 13-8, Brian Fuentes 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 4-3, Luis Vizcaino 1-0, Manny Corpas 1-2, Taylor Buchholz 1-1, Brian Fuentes 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 23, Luis Vizcaino 4, Manny Corpas 6, Taylor Buchholz 3, Brian Fuentes 3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Matt Kemp, CF||5||1||2||1||0||1||2||.301|
|Andre Ethier, RF||5||0||0||0||0||3||3||.279|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||5||0||3||1||0||0||0||.283|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.315|
|James Loney, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.290|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.289|
|Nomar Garciaparra, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.269|
|Casey Blake, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||2||1||.288|
|Hiroki Kuroda, P||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.100|
|a- Mark Sweeney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.122|
|Jason Johnson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hong-Chih Kuo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Tanyon Sturtze, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Juan Pierre, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Ramon Troncoso, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Kuroda in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Sturtze in the 8th|
|2B - Matt Kemp 2 (32, Jimenez, Jimenez), Jeff Kent (23, Jimenez), Casey Blake 2 (33, Jimenez, Vizcaino)|
|RBI - Matt Kemp (64), Jeff Kent (56)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (29)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Blake-Loney|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Hiroki Kuroda (L,7-9)||6||6||4||4||1||3||1||3.97|
|HBP - Stewart (by Hiroki Kuroda)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 97-64, Jason Johnson 16-11, Hong-Chih Kuo 20-10, Tanyon Sturtze 18-13, Ramon Troncoso 18-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 9-6, Jason Johnson 1-1, Ramon Troncoso 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 26, Jason Johnson 4, Hong-Chih Kuo 3, Tanyon Sturtze 4, Ramon Troncoso 4|
|Attendance - 46687|
|Game Time - 3:20|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Paul Nauert|