Roberts Sparks win in cool Coors

Dave Roberts keyed a 9-4 Dodger win in chilly Coors Field in Denver, reaching base on three hits and a pair of walks, scoring three runs and stealing three bases to take the Major League lead with an even dozen. Los Angeles broke up a close game with five runs in the sixth inning.

Hideo Nomo (3-1) performed his usual tight-rope act, bending but never breaking, while working six innings. He allowed nine hits and a pair of walks but left seven Rox on base, helped by infield magic from Cesar Izturis and Alex Cora.

Roberts walked, stole second and later scored on a Paul Lo Duca single to right in the first inning. Colorado came back with a pair of infield hits but after a force out, Nomo started a 1-4-3 double play. Cora made a sparkling one-hop pickup of Nomo's low throw and acrobatically flipped to first to end the inning.

Adrian Beltré slugged his sixth homer in the second, his shot to left landing in the first row of the left-field seats just over the 390-foot mark.

Nomo gave up a double and a run in the third and left two more runners on in the fourth, making six overall.

The Dodgers scored twice in the top of the fifth. Roberts again ignited the rally with a single and after multiple throws to first, stole second. Milton Bradley boomed a double over the center fielder's head and sacrificed on a double by Lo Duca for a 4-2 lead.

The big inning came in the sixth as Cora singled and was bunted to second. Roberts and Izturis singled to plate Cora. Bradley singled home another run, Green walked and Lo Duca's fly to right made it 6-2. Encarnaction's single scored Green and Beltré two-run single ended the scoring.

Nomo gave up a double and a homer in the sixth before handing the ball to Darren Dreifort who pitched two hitless innings. Tom Martin mopped up with a scoreless ninth.

Lo Duca had three hits and three RBI, brining his average back to the .500 mark. Beltré and Bradley knocked in a pair each.

Game-time temperature was 37-degrees and the announced attendance of 21,685 included about 17,000 fans disguised as empty seats.

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