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Stewart drives in career-high five, Rockies topple host Dodgers

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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.

The loss was the second in eight games for the Dodgers, who dropped one game behind NL West-leading Arizona. Brad Hawpe and Matt Holliday also hit home runs for the Rockies, who are eight games back.

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.

Willy Taveras and Holliday singled and Garrett Atkins walked before Stewart's first-inning single.

Matt Kemp doubled to open the bottom of the first and scored on a ground-rule double by Jeff Kent -- the first of his three hits.

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."

Notes

  • The game was played before an announced crowd of 46,687, lifting the season total at Dodger Stadium to 3,038,674 -- the 13th consecutive year the Dodgers have drawn over 3 million fans at home.
  • The Rockies (19-12) and the Dodgers (18-12) have been two of the NL's better teams since the All-Star break.
  • The victory was the 500th for Hurdle, enabling him to become the 81st manager in history to earn 500 victories with the same team according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Kent's first-inning double was the 560th of his career, tying him with Hall of Famer Eddie Murray for 20th on the all-time list.
  • After their three-game series with the Rockies concludes Thursday, the Dodgers will have an NL-high 23 road games remaining on their schedule along with 12 home games.
  • Tanyon Sturtze worked a scoreless inning for the Dodgers -- his first appearance in a big-league game since May 13, 2006, when he was pitching for the New York Yankees.
 
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Ian Stewart smashes a three-run shot in the eighth, giving him a career-high five RBI on the night.  (AP)
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
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Colorado

I. Stewart
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
 
Colorado Rockies
Clint Barmes, 2B5000012 .283
Willy Taveras, CF5110001 .261
Matt Holliday, LF5241000 .344
Brad Hawpe, RF3312211 .295
Garrett Atkins, 1B3100201 .298
Ian Stewart, 3B3125010 .293
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4010003 .239
Yorvit Torrealba, C4010001 .250
Ubaldo Jimenez, P1000010 .038
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Baker, PH1000000 .262
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   b- Seth Smith, PH1000001 .282
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Totals35810844  
a-flied out for Vizcaino in the 7th
b-flied out for Corpas in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Stewart-Barmes-Atkins
PB - Yorvit Torrealba (4)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,9-11) 5833170 3.99
Luis Vizcaino (H,1) 1100020 4.91
Manny Corpas (H,11) 1200100 4.26
Taylor Buchholz 1000010 1.57
Brian Fuentes 1000010 2.96
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, CF5121012 .301
Andre Ethier, RF5000033 .279
Jeff Kent, 2B5031000 .283
Manny Ramirez, LF4010012 .315
James Loney, 1B3000111 .290
Russell Martin, C4000023 .289
Nomar Garciaparra, SS4120010 .269
Casey Blake, 3B4120021 .288
Hiroki Kuroda, P1010100 .100
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1000001 .122
    Jason Johnson, P0000000 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .273
    Tanyon Sturtze, P0000000 .000
   b- Juan Pierre, PH1000000 .277
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
Totals373112211  
a-grounded out for Kuroda in the 6th
b-grounded out for Sturtze in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Blake-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda (L,7-9) 6644131 3.97
Jason Johnson 1111011 3.04
Hong-Chih Kuo0133201 2.26
Tanyon Sturtze 1100000 0.00
Ramon Troncoso 1100100 4.10
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
Game Information
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