Dodgers lose 6-1; Kent strains hamstring

The Dodgers dropped a listless 6-1 contest in the second game of the series in Colorado, their 5 a.m. arrival time early Monday morning catching up with them. Los Angeles fans are holding their breath after it was announced that Jeff Kent left the game in the fifth inning with a mild hamstring strain. He is listed day to day. Only one run came from the 11 hits the club piled up. The Padres and the Diamondbacks lost and the Dodgers missed out on a change to cut something off their N.L.

Oscar Robles added two singles and a double to his five hit game Monday, making him 8-for-11 in the series, and Olmedo Saenz had two singles and Jason Werth banged a pair of doubles.

Odalis Perez, activated before the game, was making his first start since May 14. He was opposed by lefty Jeff Francis, the Rockies top pitcher, with a 7-5 record.

Both could be classified as "crafty" lefthanders -- a title little used today -- but this night Francis was the craftier of the two. Perez (4-5) was tagged for eight hits and four earned runs, the three-run homer in the second doing most of the damage.

Francis (8-5) retired the first Dodger in the eighth but then allowed a single and a double. He left the game still working with a weird 11-hit shutout.

The Dodgers got singles from Robles (his sixth hit in seven trips), Jason Repko and Saenz sandwiched around a popup by Kent but Werth hit into a snappy 5-4-3 double play to kill the inning.

The Rockies followed suit when the leadoff hitter blooped a ball into right field that dropped among three Dodger fielders. Perez got the next three batters to leave him at second.

L.A. attempted to mount rally in the second when, with two out, Chin-Feng Chen and Odalis Perez singled, giving the Dodgers five hits but no runs through the lineup for the first time. Robles magic wand finally failed him and he fanned to end the inning.

Colorado drew first blood in the bottom of the second when, after a pair of scratch hits, catcher J.D. Closser (hitting 8th) tacked a high change into the left field seats and the Dodgers trailed 3-0.

Jason Phillips and Mike Edwards singled with one out in the fourth but Chen and Perez fanned to put an end to that.

A double and a single in the fifth scored the Rockies' fourth run. Robles ended the inning by ranging well behind second and throwing the runner out.

Perez, after 81 pitches, called it a night and handed the ball to Elmer Dessens. Oddly enough Perez (Antonio) took Perez's (Odalis) spot in the lineup. Sort of a Latin version of "Who's on First?"

Dessens gave up a two run homer to Todd Helton in the second, tying him for the all-time club lead. He should send flowers to the Dodgers' staff -- past and present -- since he seems have treated them rather harshly over the years.

With one out in the eighth, Saenz singled and when Werth doubled to the wall in right center, Saenz didn't run through a stop sign he stopped on a run sign, holding third despite the desperate waving of third base coach Jim Lett. Phillips grounder broke the shutout

The Dodgers went quietly in the ninth, save for Robles third hit of the game, and the Dodgers dropped to 39-44 with five games to go before the All-Star game.

Chen a Hit--Chin-Feng Chen, in his sixth stint with the Dodgers over seven professional seasons, collected his first hit and first RBI -- a two-run, pinch-hit single -- Monday night. He became the first Taiwanese position player to record a hit in a Major League game (a pitcher did it in 2003) and is second on the all-time Dodger minor league home run list with 141, second only to Jim Gentile who hit 208.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Yhency Brazoban, with his 16th save Monday night, moves to within one of the Dodger rookie record of 17 set by Steve Howe in 1980. He is tied for eighth in the National League standings. …Oscar Robles hit in his sixth straight game Monday and since replacing injured shortstop Cesar Izturis is batting .474 (9-for-19). …On July 5, 1991, Gary Carter collected his 2,000th hit in his only season with the Dodgers. Jeff Kent is 1,998 and counting. …The Dodgers signed Josh Wall, their sixth round pick in the 2005 draft. He was 14-1 with an 0.93 earned run average for a Louisiana High school. That ran the tally to 17 draftees signed, 13 of the top 16 and eight of their top 10. …The Dodgers started all four of their Jasons last night -- although Werth is a Jayson -- in the 5-6-7-8 spot (Werth, Phillips, Grabowski and Repko) in the order and they collected five hits in the 4-3 win. …The Dodger starting nine had only 37 home runs to their credit, 15 by Kent. The Rockies had 55 and added two more in the game. …For those who wonder why a club would spend $20,000 or more for fireworks needs only to check the attendance for games one and two: 50,180 with fireworks and 21,063 without.