Colorado at Los Angeles

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Colorado (92-70)010000011381
L.A. Dodgers (95-67) «40000010x5130

Dodgers 5, Rockies 3

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LOS ANGELES -- For the first time this season, there was nothing at stake for the repeat NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers. So Joe Torre, maintaining a tradition he used during his time with the New York Yankees, let backup catcher Brad Ausmus manage.

Ausmus' day was a success. Vicente Padilla struck out 10 in five innings, and the Dodgers finished the regular season with a 5-3 victory over the wild-card Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Los Angeles had clinched its second straight division title Saturday night with a 5-0 victory.

"Joe came up to me when we were celebrating on the field last night and said, `You want to manage tomorrow night?' I said, `I'll be here,' and he said, "All right, you're managing."

  Series: Cardinals-Dodgers

The three-time Gold Glove catcher was ably assisted by "bench coach" Mark Loretta, "hitting coach" Jim Thome and "bullpen coach" Jeff Weaver -- all designated by Torre while Bob Schaefer, Don Mattingly and Ken Howell got the day off.

Ausmus went to the mound to make a pitching change in the eighth to replace Ronald Belisario with Scott Elbert, then put himself in as a pinch runner for Thome in the bottom half after his hitting coach singled.

"I'm turning the reins right back over to Joe -- if he ever shows up again," Ausmus joked. "Today's just all about the fun. We're fortunate we're in a position where we can have fun like this. I have thought about doing it, but I'm still trying to get through the playing part of my career.

"There are times when I think I'd like to do it, and there's times when I think I'd like to walk away from a baseball stadium and never come back. But those are usually the days when I'm 0 for 4 with three strikeouts," Ausmus said.

The Dodgers took sole possession of first place for good on April 19 with a 14-2 win over the Rockies, won the season series 14-4 and finished three games ahead of Colorado. The Rockies, who nearly erased a deficit that was 15½ games before play on June 4, needed a sweep to gain their first division title.

"You look at every team, even the teams in the playoffs, and you're going to see a month where they struggled. Ours just happened to be the first month, but we turned it around and went from there," the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki said.

Los Angeles finished an NL-best 95-67 in its second season under Torre -- the first time the Dodgers have had the league's best record since 1983. They host St. Louis on Wednesday in their postseason opener, while Colorado starts the same day at Philadelphia.

The Dodgers, who set a modern major league record by winning their first 13 home games, finished 50-31 at Chavez Ravine -- their best home mark since going 54-27 in 1991. They were 29-21 while Manny Ramirez served a 50-game drug suspension.

Colorado went a franchise-best 92-70, including 74-42 after Jim Tracy replaced Clint Hurdle as manager on May 29.

"Trace is a good guy and a good baseball man," Torre said. "He sort of cleaned the slate over there and gave everybody the feeling they he trusted what they were doing -- and they responded to him. And you can just see that by the way they play. There's out there playing with a lot of confidence because they feel good about who they are."

Padilla (4-0) allowed one run and four hits without issuing a walk. He had a 2.99 ERA in seven starts and one relief appearance with the Dodgers, after going 8-6 with a 4.92 ERA in 18 starts with Texas.

Ramon Troncoso allowed a run in the ninth before finishing for his sixth save in seven attempts.

Jason Marquis (15-13) gave up four runs and eight hits in four innings, finishing the season with a 4.04 ERA and a career-high 216 innings.

The Dodgers, who outscored their opponents 121-54 in the first, took a 4-0 lead in the opening inning on a two-run single by Casey Blake and RBI singles by Doug Mientkiewicz and A.J. Ellis.

Just as Clayton Kershaw did on Saturday, Padilla struck out his first five batters. Brad Hawpe followed with his 23rd homer and 85th RBI, one more RBI than last season.

Notes

Ramirez, who has a record 28 postseason home runs, hasn't hit one in 31 at-bats since Sept. 18. ... The Dodgers drew an NL-leading 3,761,669 to Chavez Ravine, the second-highest figure in franchise history behind 3,857,036 in 2007. ... The Rockies finished 41-40 away from home, their first winning road record in club history. ... Todd Helton, one of several Colorado regulars to get the day off, finished with a .325 batting average -- his highest since 2004 and 61 points better than during his injury-plagued 2008 season.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

V. Padilla
IP 5.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 10
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Colorado Rockies
Eric Young Jr., 2B5000022 .246
Dexter Fowler, CF4120020 .266
Seth Smith, LF4011031 .293
Jason Giambi, 1B4000031 .201
Chris Iannetta, C2000020 .228
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Jhoulys Chacin, P0000000 .000
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
    Josh Fogg, P0000000 .111
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH0100100 .241
Brad Hawpe, RF2121000 .285
    Matt Murton, PR-RF2010011 .250
Ian Stewart, 3B4010024 .228
Omar Quintanilla, SS4010012 .172
Jason Marquis, P1000010 .172
   b- Mike McCoy, PH1000000 .000
    Jason Hammel, P0000000 .109
    Paul Phillips, C2001000 .311
Totals35383117  
a-walked for Fogg in the 9th
b-grounded out for Marquis in the 5th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (20, Belisario)
3B - Dexter Fowler (10, Padilla)
HR - Brad Hawpe (23, Padilla)
RBI - Seth Smith (55), Brad Hawpe (86), Paul Phillips (9)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith (16), Brad Hawpe (42)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Quintanilla-Young-Giambi
E - Chris Iannetta (5, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Marquis (L,15-13) 4844230 4.04
Jason Hammel 2200020 4.33
Matt Daley0011100 4.24
Joe Beimel 0.2100000 3.58
Jhoulys Chacin 0.1100010 4.91
Matt Herges 0.2100000 3.38
Josh Fogg 0.1000010 3.74
HBP - Kemp (by Jason Marquis), Repko (by Matt Daley)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 77-51, Jason Hammel 28-20, Matt Daley 8-3, Joe Beimel 7-4, Jhoulys Chacin 8-5, Matt Herges 15-8, Josh Fogg 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 6-1, Jason Hammel 1-3, Matt Herges 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 21, Jason Hammel 8, Matt Daley 2, Joe Beimel 2, Jhoulys Chacin 2, Matt Herges 3, Josh Fogg 1
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, LF-CF5120001 .308
Orlando Hudson, 2B2010111 .283
    Juan Castro, 2B-LF2000011 .277
Matt Kemp, CF1100001 .297
    Jason Repko, CF-RF2000013 .000
Andre Ethier, RF2200211 .272
    Mark Loretta, 2B0000000 .232
Casey Blake, 3B2112000 .280
    Blake DeWitt, 3B2010001 .204
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4031001 .333
Chin-lung Hu, SS4021013 .400
A.J. Ellis, C4011014 .100
Vicente Padilla, P2010012 .200
    James McDonald, P0000000 .000
   a- James Loney, PH1000000 .281
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .333
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Scott Elbert, P0000000 .200
   b- Jim Thome, PH1010000 .249
    Brad Ausmus, PR0000000 .295
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
Totals34513537  
a-flied out for McDonald in the 6th
b-singled for Elbert in the 8th
Batting
2B - Orlando Hudson (35, Marquis), Chin-lung Hu (1, Chacin)
3B - Juan Pierre (8, Marquis)
RBI - Casey Blake 2 (79), Doug Mientkiewicz (3), Chin-lung Hu (2), A.J. Ellis (1)
2-OUT RBI - Chin-lung Hu (1), A.J. Ellis (1)
SB - Juan Pierre 2 (30, 3rd base off Marquis/Iannetta, 2nd base off Fogg/Phillips), Jason Repko (1, 2nd base off Daley/Phillips)
PK - Jason Repko (1, Beimel), Vicente Padilla (1, Marquis)
Team LOB - 10
Los Angeles Dodgers
Vicente Padilla (W,12-6) 54110101 4.46
James McDonald (H,5) 1000020 4.00
Guillermo Mota (H,2) 1000030 3.44
Ronald Belisario 0.2211000 2.04
Scott Elbert (H,3) 0.1000010 5.03
Ramon Troncoso (S,6) 1211110 2.72
HBP - Iannetta (by Guillermo Mota)
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 87-59, James McDonald 16-9, Guillermo Mota 20-14, Ronald Belisario 15-10, Scott Elbert 7-4, Ramon Troncoso 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 2-3, Ronald Belisario 1-1, Ramon Troncoso 2-0
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 19, James McDonald 3, Guillermo Mota 4, Ronald Belisario 4, Scott Elbert 1, Ramon Troncoso 6
Game Information
Attendance - 51396
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Doug Eddings