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Kouzmanoff continues surge, Rockies drop Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Kouzmanoff's latest stop on his major league journey might last longer than the others, if he has anything to say about it.

The six-year veteran drove in his first four runs since joining the Colorado Rockies this week, helping stake Jhoulys Chacin to a five-run lead on Sunday before manager Jim Tracy used five relievers to hold off the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6.

The Rockies got Kouzmanoff from Oakland on Tuesday for either a player to be named or cash. He had been at Triple-A Sacramento since being demoted on June 6.

"The guy's here for a reason, and it's great to have a guy like him coming to the club and helping us," right fielder Carlos Gonzalez said. "He's making a lot of good plays at third base and starting a lot of double plays. He's not trying to be a super hero. That's not what we're looking for. He just needs to play his game."

Kouzmanoff blooped a three-run double in front of reserve right fielder Trent Oeltjen in the first inning as Colorado took a 5-0 lead. He later singled home a run and tied a career high for RBI in a game.

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"It definitely feels good to contribute, and I want to do that any way I can," said Kouzmanoff, who had a career-high 88 RBI in 2009 with San Diego. "It's all about producing and doing my part to help the team win. Fortunately I had guys on base today, and the double got us off to a head start. This is a great opportunity for me and I'm excited about it. We've got a great group of guys here."

Chacin (11-10) gave up four runs, six hits and five walks in five-plus innings. The right-hander departed with a 7-2 lead after walking the first three batters in the sixth, raising his season total to 78 -- the most in the NL.

"I didn't even know that, but he's still a pretty good pitcher," the Dodgers' Matt Kemp said. "You have to be patient against those guys, work the count and try to get good pitches to hit. We did a pretty good job today, but we just came up short."

Despite Colorado's victory, which ended the Dodgers' five-game winning streak, Tracy didn't hold anything back in his critique of Chacin's chronic control problems.

"The hurdle that we have to get Jhoulys over, is that ball four continues to haunt him," Tracy said. "You walk the bases loaded in the sixth inning when you're ahead 7-2, and we have a chance to get beaten again today. Not only does it put the game in jeopardy, but it runs him out of the game a helluva lot sooner than I wanted to take him out -- because his pitch count went through the roof."

This was the sixth time this season that Chacin walked five or more, including a career-worst seven on July 21 against Atlanta. Last year, he had 61 walks in 137 1-3 innings and was 9-11 with a 3.28 ERA.

"It's a mechanical thing," Tracy said. "More than likely, it's his head position. And it's something we have worked on and will continue to work on. But to sit here and sat that it's been completely grasped at this time, I'd say the answer to that question is still `Not yet.' That's where we're at. We've got to get him over that hurdle."

Eugenio Velez, still hitless in 28 official at-bats with the Dodgers, drove in his first run with his new team on a grounder. Tony Gwynn Jr. followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 7-4. But rookie Justin Sellers struck out against Matt Belisle, who came in having allowed 32 earned runs in 33 2/3 career innings against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles closed to 7-6 in the seventh against Matt Lindstrom with Aaron Miles' RBI double and a run-scoring single by Oeltjen. But Rex Brothers pitched a perfect eighth inning and Rafael Betancourt bounced back from Saturday's blown save, getting three outs to record his fourth in eight chances.

Betancourt had to face James Loney for the second day in a row, after giving up a tying home run to him with two outs in the ninth Saturday before the Dodgers won on Kemp's walkoff homer in the 11th. This time, Loney struck out.

"With the exception of one pitch that Rafael Betancourt threw yesterday - that is probably the only mislocated pitch that he's probably made in the last five weeks. That's how good he's been," Tracy said.

Nathan Eovaldi (1-2) gave up five runs and six hits over four innings in his fifth big league start. The 21-year-old right-hander threw 41 of his 89 pitches in the first. Troy Tulowitzki and Eliezer Alfonzo sandwiched RBI singles around Kouzmanoff's double in the first.

Gonzalez, who got three hits and extended his hitting streak to 15 games, made a spectacular diving catch on Sellers' sinking drive down the line in the fourth with two outs and runners at the corners.

"He's a guy who tries to hit the other way," Gonzalez said. "I remember the first time we played against him at home, and he hit like five or six balls to right field. So I was prepared for that one. The Dodgers have been tough against us and they're a really good team. For some reason, they play really well against us. But not today. We're really happy we got the win."

Notes

  • Even if the Dodgers maintain their average attendance of 36,911 through the final 13 home games, they would fail to reach the 3 million mark at Chavez Ravine for the first time in a non-strike season since 1992. That year, they finished last in a six-team NL West with a 63-99 record -- which remains the franchise's losingest season since 1908 (53-101).
  • The Rockies improved their record on Sundays to 4-17. All of the losses were consecutive before the drought ended last week against the Dodgers with a 5-3 win at Coors Field.
  • Gonzalez's club-record RBI streak ended at 11 games.
  • Alfonzo did not have an RBI in his 39 previous career at-bats at Dodger Stadium until his first-inning hit.
  • The five runs against Eovaldi equaled the total he gave up in 22 innings over his first four starts.
  • Rockies INF Eric Young Jr., whose father spent parts of four seasons with the Dodgers, struck out as a pinch-hitter and has no RBI in 48 career at-bats at Dodger Stadium.
 
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Kevin Kouzmanoff is proving to be a worthy addition to the Rockies as he bloops a three-run double in the first. (Getty Images)
Kevin Kouzmanoff is proving to be a worthy addition to the Rockies as he bloops a three-run double in the first. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Colorado

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Los Angeles

T. Gwynn
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF3110210 .262
Jonathan Herrera, 2B5000013 .236
Carlos Gonzalez, RF4130010 .299
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4111023 .308
Seth Smith, LF4221000 .288
Ty Wigginton, 1B3100101 .249
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4124010 .222
Eliezer Alfonzo, C4011001 .242
Jhoulys Chacin, P3000001 .164
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .500
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Young Jr., PH1000010 .227
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Totals35710737  
a-struck out for Brothers in the 9th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (25, Eovaldi), Carlos Gonzalez (23, Hawksworth), Seth Smith (27, Hawksworth), Kevin Kouzmanoff (8, Eovaldi)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (94), Seth Smith (55), Kevin Kouzmanoff 4 (21), Eliezer Alfonzo (8)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (31), Kevin Kouzmanoff 4 (10), Eliezer Alfonzo (6)
SB - Dexter Fowler (9, 2nd base off Eovaldi/Barajas), Carlos Gonzalez (18, 2nd base off Eovaldi/Barajas)
Team LOB - 4
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin (W,11-10) 5644560 3.60
Matt Reynolds (H,18) 0.2000000 4.17
Matt Belisle (H,12) 0.1000010 3.52
Matt Lindstrom (H,14) 1222100 3.15
Rex Brothers (H,10) 1000010 3.48
Rafael Betancourt (S,4) 1000010 3.31
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 99-57, Matt Reynolds 3-3, Matt Belisle 6-4, Matt Lindstrom 25-11, Rex Brothers 16-10, Rafael Betancourt 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 4-5, Matt Reynolds 1-1, Matt Lindstrom 1-2, Rex Brothers 2-0
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 26, Matt Reynolds 2, Matt Belisle 1, Matt Lindstrom 6, Rex Brothers 3, Rafael Betancourt 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tony Gwynn Jr., LF4121001 .261
Justin Sellers, SS5121013 .278
Matt Kemp, CF4100122 .320
James Loney, 1B5011011 .273
Aaron Miles, 3B4111101 .288
Rod Barajas, C3100104 .239
Trent Oeltjen, RF3111120 .241
Jamey Carroll, 2B3010111 .293
Nate Eovaldi, P1000111 .111
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
   a- Eugenio Velez, PH1001000 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
   b- Casey Blake, PH1000010 .253
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
Totals3468669  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Hawksworth in the 6th
b-struck out for MacDougal in the 8th
Batting
2B - Justin Sellers (5, Chacin), James Loney (18, Chacin), Aaron Miles (17, Lindstrom)
3B - Tony Gwynn Jr. (6, Chacin)
SF - Tony Gwynn Jr. (1)
RBI - Tony Gwynn Jr. (18), Justin Sellers (8), James Loney (45), Aaron Miles (39), Trent Oeltjen (6), Eugenio Velez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Trent Oeltjen (3)
SB - Matt Kemp (34, 2nd base off Lindstrom/Alfonzo), Trent Oeltjen (4, 2nd base off Lindstrom/Alfonzo)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Sellers-Carroll-Loney, Jansen-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nate Eovaldi (L,1-2) 4655240 3.46
Blake Hawksworth 2322020 3.99
Hong-Chih Kuo 1100000 10.61
Mike MacDougal 1000000 2.05
Kenley Jansen 1000110 3.46
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Eovaldi 89-58, Blake Hawksworth 36-25, Hong-Chih Kuo 5-5, Mike MacDougal 7-3, Kenley Jansen 11-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Eovaldi 1-7, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-1, Mike MacDougal 2-1
Batters Faced - Nate Eovaldi 20, Blake Hawksworth 9, Hong-Chih Kuo 3, Mike MacDougal 3, Kenley Jansen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38503
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Brian Knight