17-Hit Landslide Buries Rockies

Despite three runs in the ninth, it looked like things might turn on the Dodgers over the first four innings, Lady Luck didn't act like a lady early in this game, handing the Dodgers three in the first but alowing three double plays that ended other threats. Taking a 3-1 lead into the fifth, manager Grady Little looked up and Ms. Luck was sitting beside him again, this time for good.

Eight runs rolled across in the fifth and sixth, putting the game pretty much in the win column for the Dodgers. With Philadelphia losing they moved a game ahead of Philladelphia in the Wild Card lead. San Diego came back from a 5-2 defict to beat St. Louis and stay two ahead of the Dodgers in the N.L. West race.

Los Angeles banged out 17 hits, including home runs by Nomar Garciaparra (#20) and Marlon Anderson (#6). Russell Martin added a four-foot RBI single and a 420-foot bases loaded triple.

Maddux, supplied with three in the first, struggled in the bottom of the inning, throwing 26 pitched but working out of a mess that saw two of the first three Rockie batters lining hits.

But, like the Hall of Famer he will certainly be, he adjusted and threw 14, 10, 6, 8 and 12 pitches, finishing six with 76 pitches, 49 of them for strikes.

He finished by allowing seven hits and three runs in six innnings, winning his sixth career win in Coors field and his 12th career win against the Rockies.

Kenny Lofton tripled in a run in the first inning, his 11th of the season, and is now tied for second place on the all-time Los Angeles charts, trailing only Willie Davis with 16.

Garciaparra launched a 424-foot home run in the third with a man on, and Anderson, who also had a single and a double, slugged a 437-foot drive that nearly made the third deck in Coors Field. He is now hitting .392 over his 21-game Los Angeles career.

Rafael Furcal singled three times, stole his 37th base and hit in his 11th consecutive game.

The opening inning was a microcosm of the season; the first six men reached base and three scored, then a flyball and a double play ended the unfulfilled big inning.

Things broke well for Los Angeles immediatel when Rafael Furcal dropped a single into left center. Kenny Lofton lined a shot between Todd Helton and the first base bag into the right field corner and when the dust cleared, Lofton had his 11th triple and the Dodgers led.

Nomar Garaciaparra looped a singled to center to make it 3-0 and Jeff Kent lived on an error.

J.D. Drew worked a walk to load the bases, then Russell Martin scuffed a dribbler in front of the plate and Jason Jennings couldn't handle it. It went for the fourth hit of the inning and drove in Garciaparra.

At that moment, the Dodgers' luck went cold.

Marlon Anderson flew to left field and Wilson Betemit bounced into a text-book 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.

Furcal lined a one-out single in the second and on a steal attempt, Lofton lined to the second baseman and he easily doubled Furcal off first.

Garrett Atkins slammed a shot into the left field seats in the third to put Colorado on the scoreboard.

In the fourth, Anderson singled and Betemit walked, but Maddux hit into a force at third and Furcal banged into the Dodgers third double play in four innings.

Lofton walked to open the sixth and stole second. It wasn't needed, however, when Garciaparra lined his 20th home run off the back wall of the Rockies' bullpen. Kent walked and with two out, Anderson lined a drive down the right field line for a double and the Dodgers' sixth run.

As the inning ended, the scoreboard showed that Washington had just beaten the Phillies 4-3 and the Dodgers knew that if the could hang on to the lead, they would again be tied in the Wild Card race.

In the top of he sixth, with former Dodger lefty Tom Martin pitching, Furcal led off with his third hit but on a steal attempt, Lofton struck out and Furcal was thrown out for the double play in six innings.

Then James Loney, who too over for Garciaparra after his homer, smashed a shot off the glove of the Rockies second baseman and Kent scorched another off the shortstops glove. Drew walked to load theh bases and that was the end for Martin.

Righthander Nate Field came in to pitch to Russell Martin and the rookie catcher blasted a shot to the wall in right-center, driving in all three runners and ending up at third with a triple. Seconds later he scored on a wild pitch, sliding across the plate head first as manager Grady Little hid his eyes.

But Grady had not trouble watching Anderson at he hit a towering smash into the second deck in right-center field. It was his third hit of the night and his sixth home run as a Dodger. Betemit singled before Maddux, the ninth batter of the inning, bounced out.

With 11 runs on the board, Maddux, like a starving man dropped into an Outbacks with a Platinum credit card, didn't quite know how to react and gave up a pair of doubles and a single in the last of the sixth to cut the lead to 11-3.

Brett Tomko, who has had a wretched September, took over in the seventh and retired the side in order on three fly balls. And with that, half of the 20,113 fans in attendance picked up their coats and went home. He also worked a scoreless eighth, allowing only a pinch-single to Vinny Castillo, a Coors Field favorite, who drew a standing ovation from the fans left in the park.

Eric Stults got the call in the ninth and served up a home run before ending the inning in 1-2-3 fashion.
  Score by innings       r h  e
Los Angeles 300 035 000-11 17 0
Colorado    001 002 001- 4  9 1

  Dodgers     ab r h bi ave
Furcal ss      5 1 3 0 .303
 Robles ph-2b  1 0 0 0 .161
Lofton cf      4 2 1 1 .297
 Tomko p       0 0 0 0 .120
 Ethier ph     1 0 0 0 .310
 Stults p      0 0 0 0 .667
Garciaparra 1b 3 2 2 3 .302
 Loney 1b      2 1 1 0 .261
Kent 2b        3 2 2 0 .284
 Lugo 2b-ss    1 0 1 0 .220
Drew rf        2 1 0 0 .280
 Kemp ph-cf    1 0 0 0 .257
Martin c       4 1 2 4 .284
 Hall ph-c     1 0 1 0 .358
Anderson lf    5 1 3 2 .297
Betemit 3b     3 0 1 0 .263
Maddux p       4 0 0 0 .121
  Repko cf-rf  1 0 0 0 .246
     Totals   41 11 17 10 
     Rockies  36  4  9  4 

  2B - M Anderson (16,). 3B - K Lofton (11); 
Martin (4). HR - Garciaparra (20), Anderson 
(11). RBI - Lofton (39), Garciaparra 3 (93), 
Martin 4 (64), Anderson 2 (37). LOB - Los 
Angeles 9. Colorado 5. SB - Furcal (37), 
Lofton (29). CS -Furcal (13).
  Dodgers    in h r-er bb so era
Maddux (5-3) 6.0 7 3-3 0 3 4.26
Tomko        2.0 1 0-0 0 0 4.86
Stults       1.0 1 1-1 0 0 6.94
  Time: 2:41. Att- 20,133.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers went into the game with 121 stolen bases, the most since 1999 when they swiped 167. Rafael Furcal (36) and Kenny Lofton (28) have led the charge and as a pair, have the most (64) since Eric Young (51) and Raul Mondesi (36) collected 87 in `99. …Furcal has 31 doubles, nine triples and 15 homers to go with his 36 steals andn is just the fifth Dodger in history to record 50 extra base hits and 30 steals. The others were Raul Mondesi, 1997 & 1999), Kirk Gibson (1988), Steve Sax (`986) and Davey Lopes (1979). …

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