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|Colorado (68-82) «||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||6||0|
DENVER -- Even with Greg Maddux turning in one of his best outings in a decade, the Dodgers' surge toward the NL West title hit a speed bump.
The Dodgers, who had won 12 of 13, began the day with a 4½-game lead over Arizona in the NL West.
The win spoiled a terrific outing by Maddux. Maddux gave up two hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter in seven shutout innings.
"Who ever thought that it would be a good day to pitch at Coors Field?" Maddux said.
Maddux retired the first 13 batters and had a perfect game until Garrett Atkins singled through the hole at short with one out in the fifth. He threw 40 pitches through the first five innings and faced one batter over the minimum through six innings.
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said it was tough watching Maddux shut down his team.
"When you're going through it, it's like you're sitting in the dentist's chair," he said. "It seems like he's throwing half a baseball out there. He can do things with the ball that are very, very special."
Maddux didn't stick around for the ending, which came against reliever Hong-Chih Kuo (5-3). The Rockies loaded the bases on singles by Matt Holliday, Atkins and Ryan Spilborghs, and Tulowitzki lined an 0-2 pitch down the right-field line to end Colorado's seven-game losing streak.
"I wasn't looking for anything in particular, I just wanted to put the ball in play," Tulowitzki said. "I liked my chances if I put the ball in play."
Manny Corpas (3-3) pitched the top of the 10th to get the win.
It was the first time in the 14-year history of Coors Field that a game was scoreless after nine innings.
"It's a very uncomfortable ballpark to try and relax," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "I look up today and there are all kinds of goose eggs up there."
Maddux was dominating despite not hitting more than 86 on the radar gun.
"You never know what pitch is coming," Tulowitzki said. "There are so many pitches in the back of your mind, and then he rarely misses his spots."
Maddux was denied a win because Aaron Cook was nearly as dominant. The Rockies starter allowed eight hits over eight innings, struck out two and walked none. His most troublesome inning was the second when he allowed three hits and the Dodgers had runners on first and second with two outs. Cook worked out of the jam by getting Maddux to ground out to second.
It was the deepest Cook has pitched in a game since July 25, but he failed to notch his 17th win, which would have tied the franchise's single-season win total.
"I felt pretty comfortable out there," Cook said. "I felt like I wasn't trying to do too much, mechanically just trying to stay within myself."
From the third through the seventh inning, Cook was as tough as Maddux. He allowed two singles in that stretch, but both runners were wiped out by double plays, and he faced the minimum number of batters.
"Cookie threw a good game, man," Maddux said. "He had his stuff going. Got a couple of double plays when he needed it. He made big pitches."
|Troy Tulowitzki's (center) bases-loaded hit in the 10th caps a rare pitchers' duel at Coors Field. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Juan Pierre, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Matt Kemp, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.285|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.324|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.297|
|Casey Blake, 3B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.279|
|Nomar Garciaparra, 3B||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.236|
|Blake DeWitt, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.262|
|Angel Berroa, SS||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.243|
|Danny Ardoin, C||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.244|
|a- Russell Martin, PH-C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Greg Maddux, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.115|
|b- Delwyn Young, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Jason Repko, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Cory Wade, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Mark Sweeney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.128|
|Hong-Chih Kuo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|a-grounded out for Ardoin in the 8th|
|b-singled for Maddux in the 8th|
|c-grounded out for Wade in the 10th|
|CS - Matt Kemp (10, 2nd base by Cook/Melhuse)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Hong-Chih Kuo (L,5-3)||0.1||4||1||1||0||1||0||2.14|
|Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 68-48, Cory Wade 20-15, Hong-Chih Kuo 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 7-11, Cory Wade 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 23, Cory Wade 6, Hong-Chih Kuo 5|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.091|
|Clint Barmes, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.288|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.329|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.289|
|Garrett Atkins, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.289|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.279|
|a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.303|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.246|
|Adam Melhuse, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|b- Seth Smith, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.253|
|Chris Iannetta, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Aaron Cook, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.237|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Todd Helton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.264|
|Manny Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Stewart in the 10th|
|b-grounded out for Melhuse in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Fuentes in the 9th|
|RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (37)|
|SB - Clint Barmes (11, 2nd base off Maddux/Ardoin)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Barmes-Tulowitzki-Atkins, Cook-Tulowitzki-Atkins|
|Manny Corpas (W,3-3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.12|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 102-71, Brian Fuentes 19-10, Manny Corpas 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 15-4, Manny Corpas 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 29, Brian Fuentes 4, Manny Corpas 3|
|Attendance - 28910|
|Game Time - 2:28|
|Temperature - 53|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Jerry Layne|