|L.A. Dodgers (12-5) «||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||1||6||12||1|
DENVER -- Brad Ausmus doesn't balk at his backup role.
Even after years of being a starter, he's content playing second fiddle to Russell Martin, just waiting for his chance to contribute.
That's all he wants -- a chance to help.
"The bench players have to pitch in," Ausmus said. "Tonight was an example."
Ausmus was only in the game because Martin struggles against Rockies starter Aaron Cook. He made only his third start this season.
"When I signed with the Dodgers I knew that Russell was the guy," Ausmus said. "He's a great young catcher and a great young player. I knew that role coming in."
Ausmus lined a pitch past a diving Garrett Atkins at third, scoring James Loney, who had led off the inning with a double off Manny Corpas (0-1).
The Dodgers backup catcher also ignited a rally in the eighth with a two-out double off Huston Street that caromed off the centerfield wall. Mark Loretta followed with a flair that dropped into shallow left, scoring Ausmus.
The Dodgers added another run later in the inning on a wild pitch by Jason Grilli -- who came in to relieve Street -- to put the Dodgers up 5-3.
Colorado came back in the eighth off Hong-Chih Kuo. Chris Iannetta lined a one-out single up the middle and Clint Barmes followed with a tying pinch-hit homer to deep left.
Kuo (1-0) earned the win despite the rocky inning in which he surrendered two runs and two hits. Jonathan Broxton worked his way out of trouble in the ninth, striking out Iannetta with two runners on to end the game. It was Broxton's sixth save in as many chances.
"This was a game that we spent a lot and we had to win," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "I'm just glad we did."
Andre Ethier finished 2-for-4 with two RBI while Orlando Hudson extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the fifth.
The Dodgers have won all four meetings against the Rockies this season.
Eric Stults had his string of two straight wins interrupted by the no decision. The lefty went five innings, allowing three runs and seven hits. Stults also tied a career-high in walks by issuing five.
Stults started the season with Triple-A Albuquerque before replacing Hiroki Kuroda after Kuroda went on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.
Aaron Cook rediscovered the dip on his sinker, helping him work his way out of several jams.
Cook lasted six innings, giving up three runs and seven hits. He also tied a career-high with six walks as he remained winless this season.
Part of Cook's predicament has been the betrayal of his bread-and-butter pitch.
However, in reviewing the mechanics of Cook, the Rockies detected a flaw in the righty's delivery -- his stride was out of whack, taking the bite out of his sinker.
"We saw more of the Aaron Cook we've seen in the past," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He reclaimed his sinker -- much more efficient stuff."
Cook couldn't agree more.
"Got back to the basics, getting down in the zone, letting my sinker work," Cook said. "It's not the outcome I wanted, we definitely want to win, but I feel like I got over a little bit of a hump today. Hopefully, I carry that on to the next start."
The Rockies launched their "Wood for Wood" promotion Friday night, a project in which the team will plant a tree in the Denver area for every home run hit in 20 preselected games. ... Kuroda threw a full bullpen session Thursday. "He was a little sore," MGR Joe Torre said. ... Loretta is now 4-for-6 this season in a pinch-hitting role. ... Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki drew four walks in the game. ... With an RBI single in the first, Dodgers OF Manny Ramirez now has driven in nine runs in his last seven games.
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.265|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||3||2||1||0||2||0||1||.382|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||4||0||2||1||1||1||0||.356|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||0||2||2||1||0||3||.311|
|James Loney, 1B||3||1||2||0||2||1||0||.281|
|Matt Kemp, CF||5||0||0||0||0||3||9||.333|
|Casey Blake, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||1||5||.218|
|Brad Ausmus, C||5||1||2||1||0||0||3||.417|
|Eric Stults, P||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||.000|
|a- Juan Pierre, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mark Loretta, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.500|
|Hong-Chih Kuo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Stults in the 6th|
|b-singled for Belisario in the 8th|
|2B - Andre Ethier (5, Cook), James Loney (3, Corpas), Brad Ausmus (1, Street)|
|RBI - Manny Ramirez (13), Andre Ethier 2 (19), Brad Ausmus (2), Mark Loretta (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brad Ausmus (1), Mark Loretta (2)|
|CS - James Loney (1, 2nd base by Cook/Iannetta)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Loney-Furcal-Stults|
|E - Orlando Hudson (1, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Hong-Chih Kuo (BS,1; W,1-0)||1||2||2||2||0||0||1||8.31|
|Jonathan Broxton (S,6)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||0.96|
|HBP - Spilborghs (by Hong-Chih Kuo)|
|WP - Hong-Chih Kuo (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 100-54, Ronald Belisario 36-18, Hong-Chih Kuo 22-17, Jonathan Broxton 22-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 3-7, Ronald Belisario 2-3, Hong-Chih Kuo 2-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Eric Stults 25, Ronald Belisario 8, Hong-Chih Kuo 6, Jonathan Broxton 5|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.262|
|Ryan Spilborghs, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||2||.286|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||2||1||1||0||1||.269|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||0||3||.213|
|Omar Quintanilla, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.292|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||1||0||0||0||4||0||1||.191|
|Ian Stewart, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.294|
|Manny Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Seth Smith, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.231|
|Chris Iannetta, C||5||2||2||0||0||1||2||.139|
|Aaron Cook, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.167|
|b- Jeff Baker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.105|
|Huston Street, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Grilli, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alan Embree, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Clint Barmes, PH-2B||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.275|
|a-struck out for Corpas in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Cook in the 6th|
|c-homered for Embree in the 8th|
|2B - Dexter Fowler (3, Stults), Ryan Spilborghs (8, Stults), Chris Iannetta (1, Stults)|
|HR - Clint Barmes (2, Kuo)|
|RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (6), Todd Helton (9), Garrett Atkins (7), Clint Barmes 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (3)|
|SB - Dexter Fowler (4, 2nd base off Belisario/Ausmus)|
|CS - Troy Tulowitzki (1, 2nd base by Stults/Ausmus)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Outfield Assists - Ryan Spilborghs 1|
|DP - Cook-Iannetta-Helton, Iannetta-Stewart|
|Manny Corpas (L,0-1)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||6.14|
|IBB - Loney by Aaron Cook, Ramirez by Jason Grilli|
|WP - Jason Grilli (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 114-64, Huston Street 24-17, Jason Grilli 14-5, Alan Embree 2-2, Manny Corpas 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 8-4, Huston Street 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 29, Huston Street 7, Jason Grilli 3, Alan Embree 1, Manny Corpas 4|
|Attendance - 36151|
|Game Time - 3:45|
|Temperature - 59|
|Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - James Hoye|