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Dodgers end Rockies' four-game win streak, extend NL West lead

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DENVER -- No late-night magic this time for the Colorado Rockies. Left-hander Randy Wolf and the Los Angeles Dodgers' big bats made sure of that.

Andre Ethier hit two of L.A.'s three home runs, powering the descending Dodgers past the Rockies 6-1 Wednesday night to restore their teetering lead in the NL West to three games over Colorado.

The Rockies, who had won eight of 10, were trying to move within a game of Dodgers, a team they trailed by 15½ games on June 3.

"It gives us a chance going into tomorrow to distance ourselves a game and give us a little bit a room," Ethier said.

Now, the Dodgers will leave Denver with either a two- or four-game lead on the Rockies.

"I'm not really concerned about them," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "I have a great deal of respect for them, but it's all about how we play. If we're in the last week of the season, last 10 days of the season, yes, you worry about that team. But right now we've got to get into a mode of playing more consistently and winning more games.

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"That's my concern more so than who's running us down."

Torre wouldn't say who he'll send to the mound Thursday afternoon. Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (12-8) goes for the Rockies.

Colorado had posted four straight come-from-behind wins, including a 5-4 victory in 10 innings over the Dodgers in the series opener. The Rockies, though, couldn't muster another comeback against Wolf (9-6), who scattered five hits over 7 1/3 spectacular innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Ethier hit his 26th and 27th home runs off spot starter Josh Fogg (0-2), who allowed six runs, all of them on the long ball, and four hits and four walks in three-plus innings.

"He got a little wild there for a little bit," said James Loney, who added a three-run homer off Fogg. "We didn't get that many hits off of him -- we just got some big ones."

Ethier's two-run shot gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the first and he made it 3-1 with a solo shot to the same spot in the bullpen in right-center leading off the fourth, when Fogg unraveled.

Starting for the first time in nearly a year, Fogg failed to retire any of the half-dozen batters he faced in the fourth.

After Ethier's leadoff homer, Manny Ramirez was hit by a fastball and Casey Blake drew a walk before Loney stroked an 86 mph offering over the right-field wall for his eighth homer and a 6-1 lead.

"He only gave up three or four hits so I think he was in a groove," Ethier said. "He just happened to give up three balls over the fence."

It was the other pitches that made those long balls all the worse.

"He was trying to make perfect pitches after the second Ethier home run," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "As a result of that, he ended up hitting Manny, he walked Blake and then he threw a bad pitch to James Loney and just like that they got four runs and a 6-1 lead."

Russell Martin followed with a single and Orlando Hudson drew a walk, sending Fogg to the showers. Right-hander Juan Rincon, activated off the DL earlier in the day, came on and got out of the jam by inducing Rafael Furcal into a double-play after striking out Wolf.

But the damage was done and so were the Rockies.

Colorado got its only run on Ryan Spilborghs' eighth homer in the second before Wolf retired 14 of the next 16 batters he faced.

George Sherill got the last two outs of the eighth and Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth for L.A.

"This is a big series for us, but you can't lose sight that there's a lot of season left," Wolf said. "We haven't played the best baseball in the past month and they've played great, but we can't worry about them."

Still, Torre was the picture of relief.

"We needed it," he said.

Notes

  • Rincon threw four hitless innings in relief, his longest stint since July 27, 2003, at Cleveland while he was with the Twins.
  • Ethier has six multihomer games this season and eight in his career.
  • Rincon, who had been on the DL since Aug. 1 with stiffness in his right elbow, grounded back to the pitcher in the fifth inning in his first at-bat since June 16, 2004, at Montreal.
 
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Andre Ethier provides not one, but two home runs in a crucial victory against the Dodgers' NL West foes.  (AP)
Andre Ethier provides not one, but two home runs in a crucial victory against the Dodgers' NL West foes. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

R. Spilborghs
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4000031 .253
Matt Kemp, CF3100110 .310
Andre Ethier, RF4233000 .290
Manny Ramirez, LF2110100 .307
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Casey Blake, 3B3100113 .280
James Loney, 1B4123000 .276
Russell Martin, C4010011 .257
Orlando Hudson, 2B3010100 .290
Randy Wolf, P3000022 .196
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Pierre, PH-LF1000001 .321
Totals3168648  
a-flied out for Sherrill in the 9th
Batting
HR - Andre Ethier 2 (27, Fogg, Fogg), James Loney (8, Fogg)
RBI - Andre Ethier 3 (87), James Loney 3 (74)
CS - Manny Ramirez (1, 2nd base by Herges/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Furcal-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Wolf (W,9-6) 7.1511251 3.25
George Sherrill 0.2000000 1.84
Jonathan Broxton 1100000 2.90
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 109-75, George Sherrill 6-4, Jonathan Broxton 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 10-6, George Sherrill 1-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 28, George Sherrill 2, Jonathan Broxton 3
Colorado Rockies
Eric Young Jr., CF4020001 .375
Ryan Spilborghs, LF3111111 .253
Todd Helton, 1B4000012 .319
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4020001 .278
Brad Hawpe, RF4000012 .300
Garrett Atkins, 3B4000000 .225
Clint Barmes, 2B2000100 .247
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
Chris Iannetta, C3010011 .222
Josh Fogg, P1000000 .111
    Juan Rincon, P1000001 .000
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B1000010 .157
Totals3116125  
Batting
2B - Chris Iannetta (13, Wolf)
HR - Ryan Spilborghs (8, Wolf)
RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (45)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (13)
CS - Eric Young Jr. (2, 2nd base by Wolf/Martin)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Atkins-Barmes-Helton, Atkins-Helton, Iannetta-Quintanilla, Atkins-Quintanilla-Helton
Colorado Rockies
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Juan Rincon 4000030 5.34
Matt Herges 2400020 3.45
HBP - Ramirez (by Josh Fogg)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 73-41, Juan Rincon 40-29, Matt Herges 28-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 3-2, Juan Rincon 7-1, Matt Herges 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 17, Juan Rincon 11, Matt Herges 8
Game Information
Attendance - 38350
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Jerry Meals