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Kemp hits GS, Dodgers sweep 3-game set vs. Rockies

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DENVER -- Matt Kemp has had a disappointing season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, one he seems determined to end on a high note. His grand slam helped the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-6 to complete a three-game sweep on Wednesday.

"I'm just trying to take something positive into the offseason and go from there," said Kemp, who hit a two-run homer Tuesday night and is batting .248 with 25 homers and 83 RBI. "End strong and give 'em a little preview of what is to come next year."

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A day after eliminating the Rockies from postseason contention, Los Angeles sent them to their fourth straight loss.

Colorado went 1-5 in its final homestand, part of a stretch in which it lost nine of 10 overall. The Rockies finished 52-29 at Coors Field this season, the second-best home record in franchise history, but faded in the races for the NL West and wild card.

Kemp's slam capped a five-run third inning against Jhoulys Chacin (9-11).

The Dodgers, who are 78-81, need to sweep their final series of the season at home against Arizona to avoid their first losing season since 2005.

"It's always nice to win," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said, "but unfortunately that's the best we can do is .500."

Chacin struck out seven in five innings, giving him 138 strikeouts for the season and a record for a Rockies rookie. He broke the mark of 134 set by Shawn Chacon in 2001. But after going 4-1 with a 1.20 ERA in his previous seven starts and allowing three runs or fewer in all of them, Chacin failed to win his 10th game.

"It's really disappointing," Chacin said, "because I have been working hard this year after I got nine [on Sept. 18 at Los Angeles] knew I could win 10 games but a lot of things didn't happen. I'm really happy with my season, and I'll be ready for next year."

Chacin allowed seven runs in five innings, but all five in the third were unearned. Kemp's fifth career slam was one of only two hits in the Dodgers' big inning. Chin-Lung Hu doubled, Trent Oeltjen walked with two outs and then third baseman Ian Stewart misplayed Ryan Theriot's grounder. After walking James Loney on five pitches to force in a run, Kemp connected.

"You don't hit that grand slam if I don't walk," Loney said while walking past Kemp in the Dodgers' clubhouse.

"He's all happy because he's in the 10-10 club -- 10 homers and 10 stolen bases," Kemp joked.

Kemp drove Chacin's 1-0 fastball into the seats in right field.

"After the walk I got behind him and then I have to throw a strike," Chacin said, "just throw the ball right through the middle and he hit it out of the ballpark."

The Dodgers added a run in the fourth on Hu's sacrifice fly, scoring Reed Johnson, who led off with a double. Los Angeles made it 7-3 in the fifth when Oeltjen was hit by a pitch, moved up on catcher Miguel Olivo's throwing error and scored on Loney's single.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the second when center fielder Kemp broke in a couple steps on a fly ball by Troy Tulowitzki, who wound up with a triple and scored on Todd Helton's sacrifice fly. Tulowitzki went 4 for 4 with a walk and scored four times.

Olivo led off the third with his 14th home run and first in 124 at-bats since July 31.

Ramon Troncoso (2-3) won in relief of starter Carlos Monasterios, who pitched 4 2/3 innings.

Down 7-5, the Rockies loaded the bases with two out in the seventh, but Jeff Weaver relieved George Sherrill and got pinch-hitter Melvin Mora to fly out on the first pitch.

The Rockies scored a run in the ninth, but the game ended on Olivo's soft lineout with runners on second and third. Ronald Belisario got his second save.

During their 1-9 stretch, the Rockies have lost eight games by two or fewer runs.

"We've been playing an awful lot of catch-up baseball over the last 10 days," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said, "and that's not a very good formula for success as our record would indicate."

Notes

  • John Ely will start Friday for the Dodgers against Arizona, and Clayton Kershaw will not pitch the rest of the season. Chad Billingsley will start Saturday and Ted Lilly on Sunday.
  • Esmil Rogers will start the Rockies' final game of the season Sunday at St. Louis, replacing Jeff Francis, who is 0-2 with an 8.38 ERA in three starts since coming off the disabled list Sept. 13. Rogers has made seven starts, the last on Aug. 31.
  • Rockies 3B Ian Stewart made his first start since Aug. 25 and went 0 for 3 with one error. He had been sidelined until Sept. 23 with a right oblique strain and then was ill with the flu.
  • The Rockies drew 2,875,245 in 80 home dates, their largest attendance since 2001 (3,159,385).
 
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Looks like Matt Kemp knows this swing takes the ball out of the park. And it is, for a grand slam. (US Presswire)
Looks like Matt Kemp knows this swing takes the ball out of the park. And it is, for a grand slam. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 4
R 4
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Trent Oeltjen, LF1200310 .238
Ryan Theriot, 2B5100003 .269
James Loney, 1B3112110 .269
Matt Kemp, CF4114021 .248
Russell Mitchell, 3B4010011 .150
Reed Johnson, RF4110010 .263
A.J. Ellis, C4010002 .286
Chin-lung Hu, SS3111001 .200
Carlos Monasterios, P2000021 .071
    Ramon Troncoso, P1000011 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Weaver, P0000000 .200
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
   a- Andre Ethier, PH1000000 .284
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
Totals3276749  
a-grounded out for Kuo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Reed Johnson (10, Chacin), Chin-lung Hu (1, Chacin)
HR - Matt Kemp (25, Chacin)
SF - Chin-lung Hu (1)
RBI - James Loney 2 (87), Matt Kemp 4 (83), Chin-lung Hu (1)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney (38), Matt Kemp 4 (34)
Team LOB - 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Monasterios 4.2655311 4.38
Ramon Troncoso (W,2-3) 1.1200010 4.50
George Sherrill (H,7) 0.2100120 6.88
Jeff Weaver (H,5) 0.1000000 6.09
Hong-Chih Kuo (H,21) 1100020 1.24
Ronald Belisario (S,2) 1211100 5.13
IBB - Olivo by Carlos Monasterios
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Monasterios 84-48, Ramon Troncoso 33-21, George Sherrill 17-11, Jeff Weaver 1-1, Hong-Chih Kuo 22-14, Ronald Belisario 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Monasterios 7-6, Ramon Troncoso 2-1, Ronald Belisario 2-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Monasterios 23, Ramon Troncoso 6, George Sherrill 4, Jeff Weaver 1, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, Ronald Belisario 6
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5010000 .253
Jonathan Herrera, 2B5120011 .282
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5000012 .338
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4440100 .320
Todd Helton, 1B2011212 .262
    Jay Payton, PR0000000 .370
Ryan Spilborghs, RF4032100 .286
Ian Stewart, 3B3001012 .261
    Manny Delcarmen, P0000000 .000
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
   a- Melvin Mora, PH1000003 .289
    Edgmer Escalona, P0000000 .000
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
   b- Seth Smith, PH1001000 .248
Miguel Olivo, C4111112 .269
Jhoulys Chacin, P2000013 .075
    Chris Nelson, 3B2000000 .316
Totals38612656  
a-flied out for Morales in the 7th
b-grounded out for Daley in the 9th
Batting
3B - Troy Tulowitzki (3, Monasterios)
HR - Miguel Olivo (14, Monasterios)
SF - Todd Helton (6)
RBI - Todd Helton (37), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (39), Ian Stewart (61), Seth Smith (52), Miguel Olivo (58)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Spilborghs 2 (15)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Herrera-Helton
E - Miguel Olivo (9, Throwing), Ian Stewart (9, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin (L,9-11) 5472371 3.28
Manny Delcarmen 1100010 5.08
Franklin Morales 1000010 6.28
Edgmer Escalona 1100000 3.00
Matt Daley 1000100 4.24
HBP - Oeltjen (by Jhoulys Chacin)
WP - Manny Delcarmen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 89-54, Manny Delcarmen 17-11, Franklin Morales 13-7, Edgmer Escalona 15-10, Matt Daley 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 5-3, Franklin Morales 2-0, Edgmer Escalona 2-1, Matt Daley 1-2
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 23, Manny Delcarmen 4, Franklin Morales 3, Edgmer Escalona 4, Matt Daley 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33296
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Bill Hohn