Los Angeles at Colorado

L.A. Dodgers
W: J. Hammel (9-7) L: T. Lilly (8-9)
HR: LA - None   COL - C. Gonzalez (28),C. Gonzalez (29),R. Spilborghs (10)

Fowler triples twice to lead Rockies past Dodgers

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DENVER -- Carlos Gonzalez is making quite an impression on his manager Jim Tracy.

"What is it that we've seen that he can't do very well?" Tracy asked. "He's as graceful a player as I've ever seen on the baseball field."

On Sunday, Gonzalez homered twice and drove in four runs and helped the Colorado Rockies beat Los Angeles10-5 for their first series win over the Dodgers in two years.

Gonzalez, who has 29 homers and 90 RBI, had help in this win. Dexter Fowler hit two triples, giving him a franchise-record 12 this season, and drove in three runs.

"It's awesome," Fowler said of the record. "Especially to do it here. All the fans have been good to me."

Dodgers pinch-hitter Manny Ramirez, booed loudly when he was announced in the sixth inning, disputed a first-pitch strike from rookie left-hander Matt Reynolds, saying it was outside, and was ejected by home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he went and asked Ramirez what he said to Cederstrom, and Ramirez said he told the umpire the pitch was outside.

"And then I realized Manny doesn't curse. That's not his style," Torre said. "I wound up coming up and apologizing to Manny for initially getting mad at him."

Jason Hammel (9-8) hung on long enough to win for the first time in four starts since Aug. 6 as the Rockies completed a 5-1 homestand against Atlanta and the Dodgers with their sixth win in seven games. The Rockies, trying to make up ground in the wild-card race, head out on a six-game road trip to San Francisco and San Diego. Colorado is 25-40 on the road.

"We have to forget about the past," said Gonzalez, who has at least one extra-base hit in six straight games and a total of 61 this season. "This is an opportunity for us to change everything and play well on the road. We all know we're running out of time. This is the time for us."

The Rockies took two of three from the Dodgers after losing 10 consecutive series. Colorado's previous series win against Los Angeles was Aug. 19-21, 2008, at Dodger Stadium, a three-game set. The Rockies last won a series from the Dodgers at Coors Field on July 21-23, 2008, winning two of three.

The Rockies built an 8-1 lead in the fifth but the Dodgers scored a run in the sixth when they knocked out Hammel and three in the eighth against three relievers. The last was Rafael Betancourt, brought on to face cleanup hitter Matt Kemp with two outs and runners on first and second.

Kemp singled to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who saved a run with a diving stop in the hole. With the bases loaded, Betancourt fell behind James Loney 3-0 but got him to ground out to Tulowitzki, who was removed for a pinch hitter in the ninth because of groin tightness.

The Rockies countered with two runs in the bottom half to give closer Huston Street breathing room in the ninth. He retired the side in order on nine pitches.

Tracy said he turned to Street because he wanted a reliever who could throw strikes and the Rockies couldn't afford a Dodgers comeback.

Hammels' problems in the sixth began with back-to-back doubles by Kemp and Loney to begin the inning. Hammel left after issuing a one-out walk to Jamey Carroll on his 114th pitch.

Reynolds, making his fifth appearance in the big leagues, had walked Brad Ausmus, the first batter he faced after relieving Hammel, but got Reed Johnson, who pinch-hit for Ramirez, to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Tracy praised Reynolds for his poise and said, "I don't think there are going to be a whole lot of things that faze him."

"I struggled with command," Hammel said. "I was behind too many hitters, threw way too many pitches and that's what basically caused me not to get deep [in the game]."

After winning his first five starts and giving up seven runs in 34 1/3 innings since being traded to the Dodgers from the Chicago Cubs on July 31, Ted Lilly (8-9) yielded seven runs in four innings, including five with two outs in the fourth.

"That's really the first clunker that Teddy's had," Torre said. "He was up with a lot of stuff. He is all about location and changing speeds, and he just didn't have good counts and he was fighting with himself on location."

Jonathan Herrera began the fourth-inning rally with a triple and scored on the first of Hammel's two singles. After Eric Young Jr. walked, Fowler tripled home both runners. Gonzalez, who had homered with two outs in the third, followed with a two-run shot. It was the second mutihomer game of Gonzalez's career, the other coming Aug. 4 against San Francisco.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the second when Todd Helton led off with his 524th double, tying him with Ken Griffey Jr. for 36th place all-time. Helton scored on Chris Iannetta's one-out double.


  • Tulowitzki and Ryan Theriot extended their hitting streaks to 10 games.
  • Hammel's outing was his shortest since he lasted four innings June 24 against Boston.
  • Reynolds has pitched 6 1-3 scoreless innings in his first five games in the majors.
  • Herrera started at third base for the Rockies because Melvin Mora was 3 for 31 against Lilly. Third baseman Ian Stewart was still unavailable after straining his right oblique in the batting cage during Friday's loss.
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Carlos Gonzalez watches his first of two HRs fly out of Coors Field during a 10-5 win over the Dodgers. (AP)
Carlos Gonzalez watches his first of two HRs fly out of Coors Field during a 10-5 win over the Dodgers. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Scott Podsednik, LF5030000 .309
Ryan Theriot, 2B4022101 .289
Andre Ethier, RF5000048 .295
Matt Kemp, CF4130112 .255
James Loney, 1B5011008 .274
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
Casey Blake, 3B5010021 .254
Jamey Carroll, SS4210111 .283
Brad Ausmus, C3100201 .226
Ted Lilly, P1000010 .047
   a- Jay Gibbons, PH1011000 .375
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   b- Manny Ramirez, PH0000000 .311
   c- Reed Johnson, PH1000001 .303
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
   d- Ronnie Belliard, PH-1B1111000 .222
a-singled for Lilly in the 5th
b-announced for Belisario in the 6th
c-grounded into a double play for Ramirez in the 6th
d-singled for Jansen in the 8th
2B - Matt Kemp (22, Hammel), James Loney (35, Hammel), Casey Blake (24, Belisle), Jamey Carroll (12, Hammel)
RBI - Ryan Theriot 2 (29), James Loney (75), Jay Gibbons (6), Ronnie Belliard (19)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Gibbons (3)
Team LOB - 12
Los Angeles Dodgers
Ted Lilly (L,8-9) 4977182 3.59
Ronald Belisario 1211111 5.61
Kenley Jansen 2000230 0.66
Octavio Dotel 1222010 4.24
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 86-61, Ronald Belisario 27-15, Kenley Jansen 36-21, Octavio Dotel 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 1-3, Ronald Belisario 1-1, Octavio Dotel 1-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 22, Ronald Belisario 6, Kenley Jansen 8, Octavio Dotel 5
Colorado Rockies
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Dexter Fowler, CF5223020 .252
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4234000 .326
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4010011 .319
   a- Melvin Mora, PH-3B1000010 .273
Todd Helton, 1B5110011 .259
Ryan Spilborghs, RF4111021 .269
Chris Iannetta, C3011110 .203
Jonathan Herrera, 3B-SS2110211 .277
Jason Hammel, P3121011 .130
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
   b- Seth Smith, PH1000012 .257
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .250
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Tulowitzki in the 8th
b-struck out for M. Reynolds in the 7th
2B - Todd Helton (15, Lilly), Chris Iannetta (5, Lilly)
3B - Dexter Fowler 2 (12, Lilly, Dotel), Jonathan Herrera (2, Lilly)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (29, Lilly, Lilly), Ryan Spilborghs (10, Belisario)
SF - Carlos Gonzalez (7)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 3 (28), Carlos Gonzalez 4 (90), Ryan Spilborghs (28), Chris Iannetta (21), Jason Hammel (2)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (11), Carlos Gonzalez 3 (28), Jason Hammel (1)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (12, 2nd base off Dotel/Ausmus), Troy Tulowitzki (9, 2nd base off Lilly/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Helton-Tulowitzki, Young-Helton
E - Todd Helton (5, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hammel (W,9-7) 5.1722370 4.32
Matt Reynolds 1.2100110 0.00
Matt Belisle 0.1233100 2.65
Joe Beimel 0.1200010 2.43
Rafael Betancourt (H,17) 0.1100000 4.15
Huston Street 1000000 4.45
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 114-69, Matt Reynolds 29-16, Matt Belisle 15-10, Joe Beimel 13-8, Rafael Betancourt 7-4, Huston Street 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 4-4, Matt Reynolds 3-1, Matt Belisle 1-0, Rafael Betancourt 1-0, Huston Street 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 25, Matt Reynolds 7, Matt Belisle 4, Joe Beimel 3, Rafael Betancourt 2, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38343
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marty Foster