Colorado at Los Angeles

L.A. Dodgers
W: C. Billingsley (4-4) L: J. Hammel (3-5)
HR: COL - T. Wigginton (4)   LA - J. Loney (3)

Dodgers 7, Rockies 1 wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' pitching has carried the team most of the season. Suddenly, the team's dormant offense is coming to life, producing 28 hits and 15 runs scored in two straight victories.

James Loney had three hits with a homer and three RBI, Andre Ethier also drove in three runs and Los Angeles beat the Colorado Rockies 7-1 on Monday night.

"We know we're a good hitting team," Loney said. "You got to put together big hits at the right time. It's been tough for us to not do as well as the pitching has been."

Chad Billingsley (4-4) allowed one run and a career-high 11 hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked two. The right-hander improved to 2-2 in his sixth home start after his teammates produced the kind of run support that he had been lacking, getting just 1.29 runs -- third-lowest in the majors -- in his previous home games. Billingsley lowered his home ERA to 1.71.

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"The leadoff guy was always getting on, but I was able to make pitches when I needed to," he said. "Guys are swinging the bats well right now. It was a fun game."

Not so much for the Rockies.

Ty Wigginton's homer accounted for Colorado's run as the Rockies dropped to 2-10 on the road in May and lost for the sixth time in seven games.

"Even when we got down, there were baserunners out there and opportunities to get back in it," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "But that big hit just continually seems to elude us right now. We just have to keep fighting our way through it. It's painful, and it gets more painful by the day."

Jason Hammel (3-5) gave up a season-high seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out two and walked one in his shortest outing of the season. The right-hander is winless since April 30 against Pittsburgh, a span of six starts.

The Dodgers took a 4-0 lead in the third. They loaded the bases with no one out on singles by Billingsley and Rafael Furcal and an infield hit by Jamey Carroll. Ethier drove in Billingsley and Furcal with a single up the middle, just beyond the reach of Hammel and diving second baseman Eric Young Jr. Hammel took off his glove and pounded it on the mound in frustration.

"That was a dagger right there. I thought I should have had that, and you saw my reaction," Hammel said. "I pride myself on my fielding. That could have changed the whole game. It was a big, big play. I'm very frustrated, along with the whole team."

Matt Kemp followed with a sacrifice fly to center, with center fielder Dexter Fowler and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez converging on it. The ball touched Gonzalez's glove first and then they collided as the ball dropped, allowing Carroll to score. Loney added an RBI single.

"It seems to be contagious when guys start swinging the bat," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It feels good to be able to put some games together, but it's got to be consistent over time. We're a club that consistently hasn't put up runs."

The Rockies scored in the fourth on Wigginton's fourth homer of the season off the first pitch from Billingsley.

The Dodgers extended their lead to 7-1 in the fifth. Carroll led off with a triple and Ethier had an RBI single. Loney hit a two-out, two-run homer off the first pitch from Hammel, who then walked Rod Barajas before getting yanked.


Helped by a $1 Dodger Dog promotion, the team had its largest walkup crowd of the season with more than 4,200. ... The Rockies fell to 1-6 on the road against NL West opponents. ... Hammel had tossed at least six innings in each of his previous nine starts. ... The Dodgers have won 8 of their last 11 on Memorial Day, having not played on that day in 2003 and '07. ... Colorado is 11-8 on the holiday. ... Former Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda is recovering from a bacterial infection that caused the 83-year-old to be hospitalized for four days last week. He currently serves as a special adviser to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.

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A. Ethier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
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HR 1

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Colorado Rockies
Eric Young Jr., 2B5010022 .316
Dexter Fowler, CF5020012 .246
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4020112 .262
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5020005 .250
Todd Helton, 1B4030102 .315
Seth Smith, RF3010102 .304
Ty Wigginton, 3B3111023 .259
    Greg Reynolds, P0000000 .250
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000001 .258
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
Chris Iannetta, C3000123 .241
Jason Hammel, P2010012 .190
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Chris Nelson, 3B2010002 .500
a-grounded into a double play for Reynolds in the 8th
HR - Ty Wigginton (4, Billingsley)
RBI - Ty Wigginton (15)
2-OUT RBI - Ty Wigginton (5)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (2, 2nd base off Billingsley/Barajas), Carlos Gonzalez (7, 2nd base off Billingsley/Barajas)
Team LOB - 13
Outfield Assists - Dexter Fowler 1
E - Eric Young Jr. (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
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Matt Daley 0.1000000 6.75
Greg Reynolds 2100130 4.08
Matt Belisle 1000000 3.22
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 101-72, Matt Daley 2-2, Greg Reynolds 32-21, Matt Belisle 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 2-10, Matt Belisle 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 25, Matt Daley 1, Greg Reynolds 8, Matt Belisle 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4120100 .213
Jamey Carroll, 2B4220011 .297
Andre Ethier, RF4123002 .330
Matt Kemp, CF3101012 .308
Jay Gibbons, LF3000022 .224
    Jerry Sands, LF1010000 .221
James Loney, 1B4133001 .249
Rod Barajas, C3000113 .219
Aaron Miles, 3B4000002 .267
Chad Billingsley, P3110000 .238
    Scott Elbert, P0000000 .000
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1000000 .193
    Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Guerrier in the 8th
3B - Jamey Carroll (2, Hammel)
HR - James Loney (3, Hammel)
SF - Matt Kemp (2)
RBI - Andre Ethier 3 (26), Matt Kemp (36), James Loney 3 (18)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney 3 (8)
SB - Matt Kemp (14, 2nd base off Hammel/Iannetta)
CS - Rafael Furcal (2, 2nd base by Hammel/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Matt Kemp 1
DP - Carroll-Furcal-Loney, Furcal-Loney, Furcal-Carroll-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,4-4) 71111281 3.46
Scott Elbert0100100 0.00
Matt Guerrier 1000100 3.42
Javy Guerra 1200010 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 108-66, Scott Elbert 6-2, Matt Guerrier 16-11, Javy Guerra 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 7-3, Matt Guerrier 1-1
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 31, Scott Elbert 2, Matt Guerrier 3, Javy Guerra 5
Game Information
Attendance - 36962
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Chad Fairchild