Colorado at Los Angeles

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Colorado (40-68) «0000102003100
L.A. Dodgers (59-52)000000010142

Rockies 3, Dodgers 1

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LOS ANGELES -- Now that the Colorado Rockies are going with a four-man rotation, manager Jim Tracy has limited every starter to about 75 pitches. That gives them added incentive to keep their pitch counts down.

Alex White threw 80 pitches in four innings Tuesday night, allowing one hit and five walks before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter. Josh Roenicke took over and threw three scoreless innings, while rookie Josh Rutledge drove in all of Colorado's runs in a 3-1 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"We know what we've got. We've got 75 pitches, and our job is to get as far as we can," White said. "That's what we did the last two nights. But that's the reason why we've got a good bullpen."

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It was the fifth consecutive game in which a Rockies starter didn't reach the fifth. In the series opener Monday night, Drew Pomeranz threw 84 pitches over four innings and was lifted with a two-run lead before Adam Ottavino and the bullpen closed out a 2-0 victory.

"It's a little different, that's for sure," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's a little bit more like a spring training game, because you're not getting the same type of look from the second guy that you got from the starter. But we've seen this White a couple of times, we've seen Roenicke, we're seen Pomeranz and [Ottavino]. So you can prepare. There's plenty of video and preparation to be able to know what a guy's throwing."

Roenicke (4-0) has a 2.21 ERA in 45 appearances, compiling 43 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings.

"He continues to have a terrific season for us," Tracy said. "I think what's noteworthy is that he's done a much better job of pounding the strike zone. His stock just keeps improving."

Rutledge had three doubles among his career-high four hits, one of which drove in two runs in the seventh after Shawn Tolleson relieved Dodgers starter Aaron Harang.

The 23-year-old shortstop, getting a chance to play because of Troy Tulowitzki's groin injury, has 18 RBI in 22 games since his promotion from Double-A Tulsa right after the All-Star break. His total includes home runs in four consecutive games last week.

"He has played tremendously for us," Tracy said. "When this guy squares a ball up, I can tell you it makes a different sound. It gets off the bat in a hurry."

The Dodgers scored in the eighth when Hanley Ramirez reached on a two-out infield single against Rex Brothers and came all the way home on James Loney's double against Matt Belisle. Rafael Betancourt, the fifth Colorado pitcher, worked a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 23 attempts.

The Dodgers are 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position in the past two games against a pitching staff that entered the series with a major league-worst 5.51 ERA -- in addition to allowing the most runs, hits and home runs in the majors.

"They're playing well and they're battling us," Harang said. "I've been on teams like that where you have nothing to lose, so they've been coming out hard. They're scraping runs together and their pitching's been holding us down."

Harang (7-7) was charged with three runs and six hits in six-plus innings. The right-hander escaped bases-loaded jams in the first and fifth -- the latter on an inning-ending double play by rookie Jordan Pacheco. But that came three batters after Rutledge doubled home the first run of the game.

The Dodgers had a scare in the second when Ramirez fouled a ball hard enough off his left foot that Mattingly and a trainer came out to check on him. Ramirez completed his at-bat after limping back to the plate and grounded a single through the left side of the infield -- hobbling all the way to first base.

Los Angeles loaded the bases with one out in the third on three walks, including a two-out intentional pass to Andre Ethier, but Ramirez flied out.

Notes

The cap-slamming, profanity-laced rant that got Tracy ejected by umpire Mike Everitt on Monday has become an Internet sensation -- thanks mostly to Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, who did some priceless lip-reading in a blow-by-blow account of Tracy's 5-plus minute tirade while substituting all the curse words with cleaner synonyms. "That was brought to my attention," said Tracy, who managed the Dodgers for five seasons and sat next to Scully on the team charter during road trips. "My wife told me: 'You might want to take a peek at that.' He did a pretty good job, didn't he? But nothing surprises me with the way Vin does his duties -- nothing. He is one of the most beautiful people that I've ever had the pleasure of being around. He's so articulate and so well-spoken and such a gentleman." ... The Rockies had eight runners on base during Pacheco's three at-bats, but none of them scored. ... White is 0-3 with three no-decisions and a 5.96 ERA since beating the Dodgers 3-2 on June 3 at Coors Field. He also walked five batters in that game. ... Harang is 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA in four starts this season when pitching on at least six days' rest.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Rutledge
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
Colorado

E. Young
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Colorado Rockies
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Josh Rutledge , SS5043001.356
Dexter Fowler , CF5010025.288
Carlos Gonzalez , LF2000313.324
Jordan Pacheco , 3B3000008.306
Ramon Hernandez , C5000007.212
Tyler Colvin , 1B4000010.274
Jonathan Herrera , 2B4000020.255
Alex White , SP1000000.105
a-Chris Nelson , PH-3B3110011.257
Josh Roenicke , RP1000012.100
Matt McBride , PH-1B1010000.364
Totals3831034828
a-Struck out swinging for A White in the 5th.
BATTING
2B - J Rutledge 3 (9)
RBI - J Rutledge 3 (18)
BASERUNNING
SB - J Herrera (3)
Colorado Rockies
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Josh Roenicke (W,4-0) 3.01001202.21
Rex Brothers 0.21110104.40
Matt Belisle 0.11000002.84
Rafael Betancourt (S,19) 1.00000002.70
Los Angeles Dodgers
Shane Victorino , LF4010100.257
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B4000003.273
Matt Kemp , CF3000110.344
Andre Ethier , RF3000110.287
Hanley Ramirez , SS4120013.246
James Loney , 1B3000001.252
Luis Cruz , SS3000101.240
A.J. Ellis , C2000202.283
Aaron Harang , SP2000021.050
Juan Rivera , 1B2000001.250
Mark Ellis , PH-2B1011000.260
Totals311416512
BATTING
2B - M Ellis (8)
RBI - M Ellis (17)
BASERUNNING
SB - S Victorino (26); M Kemp (4)
FIELDING
E - J Loney (6); J Rivera (4)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Aaron Harang (L,7-7) 6.06334403.80
Shawn Tolleson 0.02000003.63
Randy Choate 0.10000003.00
Jamey Wright 1.20000203.86
Javy Guerra 1.02000202.97
Game Information
Attendance - 55024
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Laz Diaz