Hendrickson Smothers Rox in First Start

Mark Hendrickson has been telling everyone he is a starting pitcher and when he had a chance to demonstrate the fact, he aced the test, holding the hard-hitting Rockies to five hits and a single run over his six innings of work and collected his first win of the season.

The 6-9 lefthander who was battered during the 2006 season had been shunted off to the bullpen where he did excellent work, earning the start when Jason Schmidt went on the disabled list with an aching arm.

Hendrickson didn't allow a hit until the third inning and surrendered his only run in the sixty, leaving the third out of the inning to Chin-hui Tsao.

Joe Beimel worked two and Jonathan Broxton closed it out without a run.

Los Angeles hit for five runs in the second and third inning, then capped the win with a three-run ninth off former Dodger Matt Herges, whose ERA ballooned to 27.00.

Jeff Kent and Luis Gonzalez singled in the second, Russell Martin scoring Kent with a long fly. After another pair of hits by Andre Ethier and Wilson Betemit loaded the bases, Hendrickson drove in his first run of the season with a ground ball to short.

In the first game of the abbreviated series, a little squiggly singled that rolled into right field was followed by a wild throw to the plate, allowing three runs.

It was the Rockies turn to be generous, giving two back on an error by their first baseman. A single and three walks forced over the first run, then the error allowed two more to build the lead to a solid 5-0.

In the ninth, leading 5-1, pinch-hitter Wilson Anderson walked and Rafael Furcal beat out an infield hit to short. Juan Pierre singled in Anderson and after Garciaparra walked, Kent's double not only knocked in a pair of runs, it pushed him past Babe Ruth on the career two-base hit chart.

The series was not a good one for potential base stealers. Brady Clark and Pierre were nipped in the first game and Ethier and Pierre were gunned down in the second. Mike Liebenthal threw out Jamie Carroll in the first game and no Rockies ran on Martin on Thursday.

The Dodger win boosted them to 10-5 on the season and when San Diego knocked off Arizona 9-6, they increased their Division-lead to 1 1/2 games over the Diamondbacks.
 Score by innings
Dodgers	        023 000 003-8
Colorado	000 001 000-1

 Dodgers	ab r h bi ave
Furcal ss 	5  1  1  0  .200
Pierre cf 	5  1  2  1  .250	
Garciaparra 1b 	4  1  0  0  .274	
Kent 2b 	4  2  3  2  .315	
 Valdez pr-2b	0  0  0  0  .400 
Gonzalez lf	3  2  1  0  .302
 Clark ph-lf	1  0  0  0  .333 
Martin c 	3  0  0  1  .327
Ethier lf 	3  0  2  1  .282
Betemit 3b 	3  1  0  0  .118
Hendrickson p	3  0  0  1  .000
 Tsao p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000	
 Anderson ph	0  0  0  0  .000
   Totals 	34 8 10 6		
   Rockies	29 1  5 1	

 2B- Kent (6). SF- Martin. RBI- Martin 
(9), Hendrickson (1), Ethier (5), Pierre 
(3), Kent 3 (11). CS- Pierre (3), Ethier 
(2). DP- Furcal, Kent and Garciaparra 2.

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Hendrickson	5.2  5  1-1  1  2  1.62
Tsao	        0.0  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
Beimel	        2.0  0  0-0  0  0  1.29
Broxton	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
  WP- Hendrickson. PB- Martin. 
Time- 2:41. Att- 19,135.
Dodger Blue Notes-- There was an official scoring change from the contest between the Dodgers and Padres on Sunday, April 15. Dodger catcher Russell Martin was charged with a throwing error in the first inning and the Padres' Marcus Giles was issued a caught stealing. Upon further review, Giles gets a stolen base and Martin loses his error, meaning he now has just one on the season.  ...Dodger Manager Grady Little was a little puzzled why LHP Randy Wolf's umpire brother, Jim, was working behind the plate Wednesday. "What would have happened if I'd brought in Randy to pitch?" Little said. "Would his brother have to move to one of the bases?" ... RHP Yhency Brazoban is scheduled to throw 30 pitches for Inland Empire on Friday in his next rehab assignment. He saw his first action Wednesday when he pitched a scoreless inning for the Sixers. ...The Dodgers returned home after the game for a six-game homestand that will be followed by a three-game set after a short trip to San Diego. The Dodgers will face the Pittsburgh Pirates April 20-22, then the San Francisco Giants April 24-26 before going south to San Diego for a weekend series against the Padres April 27-29. They return to Dodger Stadium to close out the homestand with three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks April 30-May 2.

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