The shot tied the game 1-1 but Colorado would take the lead for good in the fourth inning. The Rockies picked on rookie outfielder Matt Kemp, slugging three shots down the right field line. On the first ball, he fought the sun, caught the ball, juggled and dropped it, but caught it before hit hit the ground.
The next drive went for a double but then Jeff Baker lined an outside pitch up against the scoreboard in right field. Kemp raced back, jumped and had the ball in his glove momentarily but the collision with the scoreboard jarred the ball loose and Kemp crumpled to the ground.
Juan Pierre raced over from center field to return the ball to the infield but it went for a triple and Colorado led 2-1. Kemp was helped from the field and rushed to the hospital for x-rays on the shoulder. He suffered a bruise but the shoulder was not separated or dislocated.
With the infield in, a smash at Wilson Valdez at short glanced off his glove for a hit and the third Colorado run.
The Dodgers quickly got one run back in the last of the same inning after Valdez walked with two out. Ramon Martinez lined a ball down the left field line and Matt Holliday race over, dove and caught the ball but it jarred out of his glove when he hit the ground and Valdez scored.
The Dodger offense stopped cold at that point with the next thirteen outs interrupted only by a walk and Pierre's double in the eighth.
The Rockies scored a fourth run off Schmidt in the fourth when Garciaparra fumbled a ground ball and Schmidt was limping as he ran to cover first base. The cramp was due to dehydration and he should be ready for his next start.
Mark Hendrickson took over for Schmidt and on the first pitch, Kazuo Matsui stole second and moved to third on a wild throw to second by Russell Martin. He scored on a short fly to center that Pierre caught with a last minute dive.
Hendrickson tossed 3.0 scoreless innings and allowed just one hit while striking out four in relief of Schmidt. Hendrickson has allowed just one earned run in 6.0 innings while striking out seven in two relief appearances this season.
Rudy Seanez got the first out in the eighth but then gave up a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases. Another sac fly to short center allowed the runner to romp home when Pierre's throw bounced six times before it was cut off by Garciaparra.
Another run in the ninth scored when Joe Beimel gave up an infield hit, balked the runner to second, saw him sacrificed to third and score on the third Colorado sac fly.
However, with many of the 56,000 fans already on the way home, the Dodgers awakened in the last of the ninth as Andre Ethier singled to right and Valdez singled to left. When pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz drew a walk the tying run was at the plate with none out.
Pinch-hitter Mike Liebenthal was given the green light on a 3-1 pitch and he popped to third. Pierre slapped a fly to center that scored Ethier but Martin flew to center to end the oddity-filled game.
The loss ended the Dodgers' four-game winning streak and moved their record to 4-3.
It was the 26th time since moving to Los Angeles that the Dodgers opened the year on the road. In those 26 years, the team has a 12-14 record in home openers.
Tuesday: Rockies Rodrigo Lopez vs Brett Tomko.
Wednesday: Rockies Jason Hirsh vs Brad Penny.
Friday: Padres David Wells vs Derek Lowe.
Score by innings Rockies 100 210 011-6 Dodgers 001 100 001-3 Dodgers ab r h bi ave Pierre cf 4 0 1 1 .167 Martin c 4 0 1 1 .292 Garciaparra 1b 4 0 0 0 .154 Kent 2b 4 0 1 0 .308 Gonzalez lf 4 0 0 0 .308 Kemp rf 1 0 0 0 .429 Ethier rf 3 1 1 0 .182 Valdez ss 3 0 1 0 .538 Martinez 3b 2 0 1 1 .118 Saenz ph 0 0 0 0 .333 Schmidt p 2 1 1 1 .250 Hendrickson p 0 0 0 0 .000 Clark ph 1 0 0 0 .400 Seanez p 0 0 0 0 .000 Beimel p 0 0 0 0 .000 Lieberthal ph 1 0 0 0 .200 Totals 33 3 7 3 Rockies 35 6 11 6 Error- Garciaparra (1), Martin (1). 2B- Martinez (1), Pierre (1). HR- Schmidt (1). RBI- Schmidt (1). Martinez (3), Pierre (1). SF- Pierre. LOB- Dodgers 8, Rockies 7. Dodgers in h r-er bb so era Schmidt (1-1) 4.0 7 4-3 0 6 4.00 Hendrickson 3.0 1 0-0 0 4 1.50 Seanez 0.2 2 1-1 1 0 13.50 Beimel 1.1 1 1-0 0 0 2.70 Balk- Beimel. T:3:16. Att- 56,000.Dodger Blue Notes-- Attendance was announced as 56,000, equaling the largest in Dodger Stadium history. ... Jeff Kent's first inning single gave him a seven-game hitting streak and is the only player to have hit in every game this season. ...The Rockies have been 18-45 at Dodger Stadium the past seven years including 2-8 last year. ...Shortstop Rafael Furcal is scheduled to begin a two-day rehab at Inland Empire at Rancho Cucamonga Tuesday (today). Tony Jackson of the Los Angeles Daily News reports he will be the designated hitter and then play in the field on Wednesday. The Dodgers are not scheduled on Thursday and Furcal will be re-evaluated then.