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Streaking Dodgers hand Rockies seventh straight loss

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DENVER -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have turned the tables on the Colorado Rockies with a September surge of their own.

Clayton Kershaw (4-5) allowed just four singles in six crisp innings and the Dodgers beat Colorado 5-1 Saturday night for their 12th win in 13 games.

"They're playing with confidence, they're getting good pitching, some timely hitting, they're playing good baseball," Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. "That's why they're kind of taking off with it."

And it reminds him of his own team a year ago.

The Rockies have lost seven straight, a turnaround from last September, when they went on a 14-1 tear to reach the NL playoffs, victimizing Los Angeles seven times in that memorable streak.

"We definitely know that feeling and we want that feeling but right now we just don't have it," Tulowitzki said. "We're not doing things with runners in scoring position, we're not playing the defense that we were, our pitching's been inconsistent. It's tough right now."

The Dodgers know that feeling, too, and they're glad it's a new year.

"We are hot right now," said Russell Martin, who drove in two runs. "We're hot at the right time just like they were last year. And like them, it hasn't been just one guy. Manny (Ramirez) and Casey (Blake) have given us something, but a lot of people have given us something over the recent stretch.

"There are some similarities. That was a heck of a team over there last year."

The Dodgers (77-71) moved a season-best six games above .500 and will go for the three-game sweep at Coors Field on Sunday when they send Greg Maddux (7-12) against Aaron Cook (16-9).

Los Angeles came into the game Saturday night with a 3½-game lead on Arizona in the NL West. At the end of August, the Dodgers had lost eight in a row to fall 4½ games behind the Diamondbacks.

"We felt early on that we were lucky to be as close as we were with our record," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "I think this last road trip was a real wake-up call for us where we lost the first eight games and all of a sudden we feel we have something special going and we won't let that go."

Despite being below .500 almost the entire season, the Rockies fancied themselves contenders in the middling NL West until their skid, which has assured them of a losing record a year after reaching their first World Series.

Kershaw walked two and struck out seven in his own turnaround at Coors Field, where he allowed five runs and 10 hits in three innings in his last appearance here on July 22.

Dodgers reliever Chan Ho Park struck out four of the seven batters he faced and Jonathan Broxton finished up by striking out two more in the ninth.

His team's 13 strikeouts were what most bothered Rockies manager Clint Hurdle.

"We've got to find a way to get better at-bats," Hurdle said. "Every night you can't say, 'The other guy pitched well.' You've got to find a way to get things done. You've got to dig a game out of the dirt on the offensive side of the ball."

The Dodgers scored three times in the fourth off Jorge De La Rosa (8-8) to take a 4-1 lead. Angel Berroa doubled home a run, Martin had an RBI single and Juan Pierre added a sacrifice fly. Martin's RBI groundout in the sixth made it 5-1.

Blake's solo homer, his ninth, put the Dodgers ahead 1-0 in the second inning, and the Rockies tied it on Clint Barmes' RBI single in the third.

De La Rosa, who had won five straight decisions at Coors Field since May 8, allowed four earned runs and seven hits with three walks in five innings.

Before the game, the Dodgers activated closer Takashi Saito from the 60-day disabled list and placed outfielder Andruw Jones on the 60-day DL. Saito had been out of action since the All-Star break with soreness in his right elbow.

Notes

  • Hurdle said 1B Todd Helton, who returned to the active roster Friday after missing 62 games with a bad back, would continue to serve as a pinch-hitter.
  • The Rockies' longest skid of the season was eight losses from June 22-30.
 
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Clayton Kershaw is sharp in six innings, allowing just four singles and striking out seven. (AP)
Clayton Kershaw is sharp in six innings, allowing just four singles and striking out seven. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Barmes
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

C. Kershaw
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Russell Martin, C5012003 .277
Juan Pierre, CF-LF3001102 .270
Manny Ramirez, LF5010023 .324
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
James Loney, 1B4010011 .300
Casey Blake, 3B4111001 .278
Matt Kemp, RF-CF4110030 .286
Blake DeWitt, 2B1200300 .265
    Chin-lung Hu, 2B0000000 .164
Angel Berroa, SS3121101 .238
Clayton Kershaw, P3010004 .080
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .111
   a- Delwyn Young, PH0000100 .246
    Jason Repko, RF0000000 .200
Totals3258566  
a-walked for Park in the 9th
Batting
2B - Manny Ramirez (32, De La Rosa), Angel Berroa 2 (12, De La Rosa, Register)
HR - Casey Blake (20, De La Rosa)
SF - Juan Pierre (1)
RBI - Russell Martin 2 (63), Juan Pierre (26), Casey Blake (79), Angel Berroa (10)
CS - Juan Pierre (10, 2nd base by De La Rosa/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Loney-Berroa
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw (W,4-5) 6411270 4.41
Chan Ho Park 2100040 2.88
Jonathan Broxton 1000020 3.25
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 90-57, Chan Ho Park 27-21, Jonathan Broxton 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 6-3, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 22, Chan Ho Park 7, Jonathan Broxton 3
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF3100110 .252
Clint Barmes, 2B4021010 .288
Matt Holliday, LF4010012 .329
Garrett Atkins, 1B4000022 .288
Ryan Spilborghs, RF3010020 .300
   a- Brad Hawpe, PH1000000 .292
Chris Iannetta, C3000021 .264
Jeff Baker, 3B1000110 .254
   b- Ian Stewart, PH-3B1010000 .283
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000022 .246
Jorge De La Rosa, P1000010 .114
   c- Dexter Fowler, PH1000000 .143
    Steven Register, P0000000 .000
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
   d- Seth Smith, PH1000000 .256
    Glendon Rusch, P0000000 .053
Totals30151213  
a-grounded out for Spilborghs in the 9th
b-doubled for Baker in the 7th
c-grounded out for De La Rosa in the 5th
d-lined out for Vizcaino in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ian Stewart (17, Park)
RBI - Clint Barmes (36)
2-OUT RBI - Clint Barmes (19)
SB - Willy Taveras (68, 2nd base off Kershaw/Martin)
CS - Ryan Spilborghs (3, 2nd base by Kershaw/Martin)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Atkins
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (L,8-8) 5744351 5.38
Steven Register 2111100 12.46
Luis Vizcaino 1000110 5.44
Glendon Rusch 1000100 5.31
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 93-56, Steven Register 28-18, Luis Vizcaino 12-7, Glendon Rusch 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 5-4, Steven Register 4-2, Luis Vizcaino 1-0, Glendon Rusch 3-0
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 24, Steven Register 8, Luis Vizcaino 3, Glendon Rusch 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40291
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Jim Wolf