Eleven, Eleven, do I Hear 12? No? Gone at 11

It takes a lot of things going right to make a long winning streak, and the Dodgers have had just that for 11 days since July 28 when they beat Washington 7-5 to start the drive from last to (almost) first. But it only takes a momentary glitch to end it, which happened in the 3-1 loss to Colorado.

Los Angeles had the brass ring in their hands, needing only a win to take over first place in the NL West after San Diego lost to the Mets. But it slipped from their fingers when the Rockies tagged them for two in the ninth.

The Dodgers came extremely close to taking over first place, demonstrating again just how difficult it is to craft a winning streak of this length.

A quick check of the records show that the Dodgers have won ten or more in a row a dozen times since the club entered the National League in 1890 and have won more than 11 only four times.

The 11th consecutive win, matched the fourth-longest winning streak in Los Angeles Dodgers history. The franchise record is 15 set in Brookly in 1924.
Wins Year  Dates
13   1965  Sept. 16-30
13   1962  May 21-June 1
12   1976  April 24-May 5
11   1993  May 17-29
11   2006  July 28-Aug. 8
10   2003  May 14-25
10   1980  April 20-30

  Brooklyn
15   1924  Aug. 24-Sept. 6
11   1930  Sept. 6-14 
10   1950  August 17-26
10   1951  July 20-31
10   1955  April 11-21
The record 15 straight saw Brooklyn win 11 games in a single week, including four double headers.

They had their chances to make it 12.

In the fourth inning of a scoreless game, Julio Lugo was thrown out attempting to steal home.

In the eighth inning the Dodgers had a chance after Rafael Furcal slugged a leadoff double and Nomar Garciaparra was walked. Olmedo Saenz didn't get a chance to weave his magic when he was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Kent swung at a first-pitch fastball and popped up then the rally ended when Andre Ethier grounded out.

In the ninth inning, Lugo moved from third base to second and was just inches short of stopping Brad Hawpe's two-out grounder ball that scooted past his desperate dive for a tie-breaking, game-winning single. Andre Ethier bounced to short, ending the inning and leaving the bases loaded.

Derek Lowe, attempting to earn a complete-game victory, left with runners on first and second and two outs, having given up only six hits. Takashi Saito only allowed one but it was Hawpe's game winner.

Colorado added one more run after Matt Holliday broke off third on an apparent broken squeeze play. Catcher Russell Martin picked Holliday off at third but Wilson Betemit chased Holliday almost all the way home before making a throw just feet away that Martin couldn't handle and Holliday slid safely across the plate with the third run.

Los Angeles was uncharacteristically impotent against Jeff Francis and three Colorado reliever. Their only run came in the fifth inning and one out when Andre Ethier lined a shot into the right-field corner. The ball ricocheted around and Ethier wound up with a triple.

Francis then intentionally walked Martin and hit Saenz to load the bases for Lowe, who helped himself out with a sacrifie fly to center that tied the game at 1.

The Dodgers managed just six hits, with Furcal earning a pair. L.A. left eight men on base, Colorado left three.

The Dodgers welcomed first baseman Nomar Garciaparra back from the disabled list but lost right fielder J.D. Drew in the fourth inning to a mildly strained left quad, but he is day to day and could return as soon as tonight.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead on Hawpe's home run leading off the top of the fifth.

Lowe did his part, scattering six hits over 8.2 innings, striking out six and walking none, but all he got for his efforts was his eighth loss.
  Score by innings
Colorado 000 010 002-3
Dodgers  000 010 000-1

  Dodgers       ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS       4 0 2 0 .285
Lugo, 3B-2B      3 0 1 0 .300
Garciaparra, 1B  2 0 1 0 .328
 Lofton, PR-CF   0 0 0 0 .304
Drew, RF         1 0 0 0 .278
 Loney, PH-RF    2 0 0 0 .266
 Saenz, PH-1B    0 0 0 0 .306
 Saito, P        0 0 0 0 .000
Kent, 2B-1B      4 0 1 0 .266
Ethier, LF       4 1 1 0 .347
Martin, C        3 0 0 0 .301
Repko, CF-RF     2 0 0 0 .275
Lowe, P          2 0 0 1 .065
 Betemit, 3B     1 0 0 0 .284
   Totals       28 1 6 1
   Rockies      32 3 7 2


  Error- Martin. 2B: Furcal (24). 
3B: Ethier (5). RBI: Lowe (1). 
S: Lugo. SF: Lowe. LOB: Los 
Angeles 8, Colorado 3. SB: 
Lofton (20). CS: Lugo 2 (7). 
DP: (Lowe, Furcal 
and Garciaparra).

  Dodgers in h r-er bb so era
Lowe (9-8) 8.2 6 3-3 0 6 4.09
Saito      0.1 1 0-0 0 0 2.28
  HBP: Repko. T: 2:33. Att: 46,643.
Dodger Blue Notes-- First baseman Nomar Garciaparra returned from the 15-day disabled list was 1-for-3 but his sprained right knee is farm from recovered. He said it affected him when he ran and he would have to be careful until it was completely healed, a process that normally takes from four to six weeks. …Over the past 12 games, the bullpen has allowed just four runs in 32 innings for a 1.13 ERA. …Aaron Sele hasn't pitched since his last start on Aug. 1. Since then, the Dodgers added Greg Maddux to their rotation and sent Sele to the bullpen. …Right-hander Chad Billingsley (3-3, 3.67 ERA) takes the mound tonight in the final game of the Dodgers' four-game series against the Rockies.

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