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Newcomer Padilla solid as Dodgers nip Rockies, stretch advantage

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Vicente Padilla gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a shot in the arm and the Colorado Rockies a punch to the gut.

The right-hander, jettisoned by Texas earlier this month after angering the Rangers by throwing at hitters, returned to the National League on Thursday and pitched the Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the Rockies.

"I can do a lot for this team," said Padilla, who allowed two runs and six hits in five solid innings.

Rafael Furcal, in the game for his defense, delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth and Matt Kemp hit his career-high 19th homer as the Dodgers put the brakes on the surging Rockies by taking two of three at Coors Field. They also opened a four-game lead in the NL West over the wild-card leaders.

"Damn right that's what we needed and wanted," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.

And now the Rockies have to go to San Francisco for a weekend series after an emotional week in Colorado, where they took three of four from the Giants before facing Los Angeles.

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"We didn't win this series, but we won this homestand," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy, whose team has to face Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito and Matt Cain this weekend. "We're still in a wonderful position."

The relieved Dodgers appear to have a much easier road ahead, with three games at Cincinnati this weekend before playing nine games against struggling Arizona and San Diego.

Four relievers combined to preserve Padilla's first win for his new team, and Jonathan Broxton got the last four outs for his 28th save in 32 chances. The Rockies put runners on first and second with one out in the ninth before Broxton struck out Eric Young Jr. and Seth Smith.

The resurgent Rockies, who once trailed L.A. by 15½ games, had won eight of 10 before the Dodgers took the last two games of this crucial series.

"I'm not worried about cooling anybody off. It's all about our record," Torre said. "We're trying to enhance our record. We hold our fate in our own hands and if we take care of business ourselves then we don't have to look around for help."

Padilla (1-0), who played for Arizona and Philadelphia before getting traded to the Rangers in 2005, signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Aug. 19 after he was released by Texas, where he was 8-6 with a 4.92 ERA in 18 starts this year.

In going back to the NL, Padilla has to bat, which could make him a target for retaliation if he keeps plunking batters, something he didn't have to face in the American League. He didn't hit anybody Thursday.

Torre was eager to see if Padilla could help L.A. down the stretch considering the uncertainty surrounding right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who went on the disabled list after being hit in the head by a line drive Aug. 15.

"He hangs in there. He eats up innings. That's big at this time of the year," Torre said.

With sinkerballer Padilla on the mound, Torre decided against resting slumping shortstop Furcal, a decision that paid off -- but not in the field -- when he singled up the middle to score Orlando Hudson from second base in the sixth and give Los Angeles a 3-2 lead.

Kemp hit a two-run shot in the first off Jorge De La Rosa (12-9), who allowed baserunners in each of his seven innings but yielded just three runs and eight hits.

"They had been playing really well and had some hot hitting and good pitching. We shut them down," Kemp said. "We showed them we aren't going anywhere."

Carlos Gonzalez returned to the Rockies' starting lineup for the first time since cutting his left hand with a steak knife Saturday night, but he left in the fifth after jamming his left thumb into the grass while trying to rob James Loney of a double.

Gonzalez said the stitch didn't come out but his wound bled and his palm swelled up so much that he couldn't grip a baseball or bat. He said he was unsure if he'd be able to play Friday night.

Notes

  • The Rockies hadn't dropped a series at home since July 5.
  • The Dodgers are 12-3 against Colorado this season. Eight of those wins came while Clint Hurdle was still managing the Rockies. "We got them early when they really weren't playing well," Torre said. "That's a good team. They aren't easy. They are tough. They are hard-nosed."
 
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Vicente Padilla allows two runs and strikes out four in five innings in his Dodgers debut. (AP)
Vicente Padilla allows two runs and strikes out four in five innings in his Dodgers debut. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

V. Padilla
IP 5.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4111102 .253
Matt Kemp, CF5132000 .313
Andre Ethier, RF5000033 .287
Manny Ramirez, LF3010200 .308
Casey Blake, 3B3000112 .278
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P1000002 .000
James Loney, 1B3010114 .276
Orlando Hudson, 2B4120011 .292
Brad Ausmus, C3000013 .293
Vicente Padilla, P1000011 .000
   a- Mark Loretta, PH1000001 .221
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
    Juan Castro, 3B1000010 .301
Totals3438359  
a-flied out for Padilla in the 6th
Batting
2B - Matt Kemp (22, De La Rosa), James Loney (23, De La Rosa)
HR - Matt Kemp (19, De La Rosa)
SH - Brad Ausmus (5), Vicente Padilla (2)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (36), Matt Kemp 2 (80)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (11)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andre Ethier 1
Los Angeles Dodgers
Vicente Padilla (W,9-6) 5622140 4.86
Hong-Chih Kuo (H,8) 1100030 3.57
Ramon Troncoso (H,11) 0.2100000 2.66
George Sherrill (H,7) 1100020 1.81
Jonathan Broxton (S,28) 1.1200020 2.83
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 80-55, Hong-Chih Kuo 15-11, Ramon Troncoso 7-5, George Sherrill 19-12, Jonathan Broxton 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 6-4, Ramon Troncoso 2-0
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 21, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, Ramon Troncoso 3, George Sherrill 4, Jonathan Broxton 6
Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez, CF2110000 .292
    Eric Young Jr., CF3000023 .273
Seth Smith, LF5111023 .298
Todd Helton, 1B3010100 .319
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4031011 .283
Brad Hawpe, RF4010013 .300
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Ian Stewart, 3B3000021 .222
   a- Garrett Atkins, PH-3B1000001 .225
Clint Barmes, 2B4010011 .247
Yorvit Torrealba, C4020001 .269
Jorge De La Rosa, P2000021 .152
   b- Omar Quintanilla, PH0000000 .157
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .400
    Ryan Spilborghs, RF1010000 .255
Totals362112111  
a-flied out for Stewart in the 8th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for De La Rosa in the 7th
Batting
3B - Seth Smith (4, Padilla)
SH - Omar Quintanilla (2)
RBI - Seth Smith (36), Troy Tulowitzki (70)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith (10), Troy Tulowitzki (16)
SB - Troy Tulowitzki (16, 2nd base off Kuo/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Helton
E - Clint Barmes 2 (12, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (L,12-9) 7833471 4.72
Franklin Morales 1.2000120 2.25
Rafael Betancourt 0.1000000 2.93
IBB - Ramirez by Jorge De La Rosa, Ramirez by Franklin Morales
WP - Jorge De La Rosa (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 112-66, Franklin Morales 38-24, Rafael Betancourt 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 5-9, Franklin Morales 2-2
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 33, Franklin Morales 7, Rafael Betancourt 1
Game Information
Attendance - 33441
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Mike DiMuro