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DENVER -- Alex White delivered a win, and a much-needed day off for some of Colorado's relievers.
White gave the overworked Rockies bullpen a bit of rest, pitching shutout ball into the seventh inning Sunday in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Rockies took two of three from the NL West leaders. White (2-3) gave up two runs and two hits in 6 2/3 innings.
"That's the best game he's pitched since he's worn a Rockies uniform. He was terrific," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "He broke bats, got ground balls. A lot of what you saw today is what is capable of coming out on a regular basis once we get to that point."
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White, acquired last July in the deadline deal that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland, made his 13th start for the Rockies and sixth this year.
White said "fastball command without a doubt" was the difference between this and his past starts. Not going over his head with his hands in his delivery, White said, helped him to stay balanced and be "better able to consistent in my delivery."
Rafael Betancourt, pitching for the first time in six days, set down the side in order in the ninth to earn his 10th save. A.J. Ellis, who had homered earlier, was the second batter Betancourt faced and drove a fly to deep left that Carlos Gonzalez caught on the warning track.
Asked whether he thought he just yielded a game-tying homer, Betancourt said, "Here in Denver, sometimes you never know."
"I started looking at that ball and I was watching Carlos and when I saw him kind of slow down and get to the warning track, I said, "OK, that ball is in the park."'
Colorado starters had combined for a total of five innings in the first two games of the series. Josh Outman reached a pitch limit after 3 1/3 innings in his first start this season Friday, then a knee injury forced Juan Nicasio out after 1 2/3 innings Saturday.
White restored some order to the rotation.
"He's kind of a spray painter. He's not a guy that's sitting there hitting spots," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "His ball just has movement."
Nathan Eovaldi (0-2) lost in his second start since being recalled to replace injured Ted Lilly in the Dodgers' rotation.
White held the Dodgers scoreless until the seventh when he walked James Loney with one out and Ellis hit a two-run homer down the left-field line.
Second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, shading Castellanos up the middle and on the edge of the outfield, made a backhanded stop of his hard grounder and pumped his fist after throwing to first for the final out of the inning.
White held the Dodgers hitless until Jerry Hairston Jr. grounded a single into left field with two out in the fourth. In the sixth, White walked Bobby Abreu with two out, and he stole second. But White retired Andre Ethier on a fly out.
The Rockies' unearned run in the first was scored by Dexter Fowler, who led off with a single and stole second. After moving to third on a passed ball, Fowler scored when third baseman Elian Herrera made a sprawling stop of Marco Scutaro's hard grounder but had no play at home and instead threw to first.
Fowler's hit was the Rockies only one through four innings.
Pacheco's double in the sixth finished Eovaldi, who threw 102 pitches in 5 2/3 innings. White came within one out of matching his career high of seven innings and got 13 outs on ground balls.
|Alex White holds the NL West-leading Dodgers to just two hits and two runs through 6 2/3 innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Dee Gordon, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.223|
|Elian Herrera, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.311|
|Josh Lindblom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Alex Castellanos, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.400|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Elbert, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bobby Abreu, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.284|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.320|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.366|
|James Loney, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.248|
|A.J. Ellis, C||3||1||1||2||1||1||0||.315|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.269|
|Nate Eovaldi, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Adam Kennedy, 3B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.213|
|a-grounded out for Lindblom in the 7th|
|HR - A.J. Ellis (6, White)|
|RBI - A.J. Ellis 2 (25)|
|SB - Bobby Abreu (2, 2nd base off White/Rosario)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Hairston-Gordon-Loney, Ellis-Gordon|
|PB - A.J. Ellis (6)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Nate Eovaldi (L,0-2)||5.2||5||3||2||4||4||0||2.84|
|IBB - Cuddyer by Scott Elbert|
|Pitches-Strikes - Nate Eovaldi 98-61, Josh Lindblom 2-2, Ronald Belisario 13-7, Scott Elbert 16-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Eovaldi 6-5, Josh Lindblom 1-0, Ronald Belisario 1-1, Scott Elbert 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Nate Eovaldi 24, Josh Lindblom 1, Ronald Belisario 4, Scott Elbert 4|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||3||1||1||0||1||2||0||.298|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.257|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.332|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||2||0||0||0||2||1||1||.283|
|Todd Helton, 1B||2||0||1||1||2||0||1||.243|
|Jordan Pacheco, 3B||3||0||1||1||0||0||3||.300|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jason Giambi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Rafael Betancourt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wilin Rosario, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.238|
|DJ LeMahieu, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Alex White, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.077|
|Rex Brothers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Nelson, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.218|
|a-struck out for Belisle in the 8th|
|2B - Jordan Pacheco (7, Eovaldi)|
|RBI - Marco Scutaro (11), Todd Helton (27), Jordan Pacheco (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (14), Jordan Pacheco (7)|
|SB - Dexter Fowler (6, 2nd base off Eovaldi/Ellis)|
|CS - Wilin Rosario (3, 2nd base by Eovaldi/Ellis)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|PB - Wilin Rosario (7)|
|Alex White (W,2-3)||6.2||2||2||2||5||2||1||5.60|
|Matt Belisle (H,6)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.51|
|Rafael Betancourt (S,10)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.25|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alex White 100-58, Rex Brothers 3-3, Matt Belisle 16-12, Rafael Betancourt 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex White 13-5, Matt Belisle 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Alex White 27, Rex Brothers 1, Matt Belisle 4, Rafael Betancourt 3|
|Attendance - 35353|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|