Loney's Single In 10th Earns Sweep

James Loney grounded a single into right field with the bases loaded and the score tied in the 10th, giving Los Angeles their first sweep of the season and keeping them six games behind Arizona, who topped San Diego 2-1.

Manager Joe Torre, still searching for the perfect lineup, used his 24th different batting order in 25 games.

Starter Esteban Loaiza allowed a pair of runs in the fifth inning and the Dodgers bullpen, although they walked a tightrope at times, shut off the powerful Colorado team over the final five innings.

Loaiza allowed only a pair of singles in the first four innings and the Dodgers broke through in the fourth with a pair of runs.

Blake DeWitt tripled into the right field corner with two out and Colorado walked Chin Lung Hu, who was playing second in place of Jeff Kent, intentionally.

That backfired when Loaiza lined a single to right for his first hit and first RBI as a Dodger. Rafael Furcal then dropped a perfect nine-iron in between shortstop and center field to drive in Hu.

The lead lasted only until the top of the next inning when the Rockies scored a pair of runs themselves with two out to tie things.

Jeff Francis kept the Dodgers away from the plate, retiring 10 in a row after Furcal's pop RBI.

Both bullpens struggled but they didn't break until the 10th inning.

Former Dodger Matt Herges gave up singles by Matt Kemp and Russ Martin leading off the eighth. But Loney hit into a double play and Andruw Jones struck out, one of three times he fanned during the game and his 29th of the young season.

In the first inning, Jones also flew to center with the bases loaded in his other time at bat.

Cory Wade followed Loaiza on the mound and, as is his trademark, went right at the Rockies. He retired six of the seven he faced and used 23 pitches, 19 of them strikes.

Jonathan Broxton took over in the eighth and brought a .095 opponents average with him. But hits weren't his problem.

He walked the first Rockies hitter then threw a potential double play ball that Hu picked up cleanly and threw over Furcal's head and off the wall down the right field line.

With the infield in, he got a ground ball to Hu that a] Colorado could not advance on and b] Hu did not throw away. An intentional walk loaded the bases, hoping for another double play ball.

But Broxton went ball one, two and three to Troy Tulowitzki but got a called strike, a foul ball and a perfect 6-4-3 double play.

Takashi Saito took his turn working out of trouble in the ninth, allowing a two out walk, a bunt hit and got to face Todd Helton with the potential winning run at second.

In an 11-pitch at bat, he got a fly to left field to end the inning.

Hu beat out an infield hit with one out in the last of the ninth but Juan Pierre hit into a rare double play to send the game into extra innings.

Joe Beimel took over and, yes, he struggled also, allowing a pair of one out hits before getting the final ground ball out with runners at first and third.

Rockies recently deposed stopper, Manny Corpus, started the last of the 10th by walking Furcal. Pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney also walked and Kemp dropped his first major league bunt in front of the plate to move the runners up.

Russ Martin was walked intentionally before Loney rammed the game-winner into right field.

The Dodgers moved to 12-13 and in second place, leading Colorado by 1 1/2 games but still trailing the white-hot Diamondbacks b six.

After taking Monday off, the club will play the Marlins Tuesday evening with Derek Lowe on the mound. Lowe said his elbow feels fine after leaving his past start with some tightness.

The game will start at 4:10 p.m. and be broadcast on KCAL.. The Dodgers are 9-5 at home but a dismal 3-8 on the road, something they have to change quickly.
 Score by innings
Colorado	000 020 000 0-2
Los Angeles	000 200 000 1-3

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  1  2  1  .363
Ethier lf	4  0  0  0  .305
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sweeney ph	0  0  0  0  .062
Kemp cf	        4  0  2  0  .295
Martin c	3  0  1  0  .280
Loney 1b	4  0  1  1  .299
Jones cf	4  0  0  0  .159
DeWitt 3b	4  1  1  0  .254
Hu 2b           3  1  1  0  .261
Loaiza p	2  0  1  1  .250
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Pierre ph-lf	2  0  0  0  .250
  Totals	34 3 9 3
  Rockies	38 2 9 2

 Error- Hu (1), 3b hits- DeWitt (1).
RBI- Loaiza (1), Furcal (11), Loney
(16). S- Kemp. LOB- Los Angeles 7, 
Colorado 11, DP- Furcal, Hu and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Loaiza	        5.0  5  2-2  1  1  4.15
Wade	        2.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.25
Broxton	        1.0  0  0-0  2  0  2.31
Saito	        1.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.61
Beimel (1-0)	1.0  2  0-0  0  0  1.04
 T- 3:10. Att- 50,670.