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 11-21The 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.