Loney's Six RBI Crumbles Rockies

The Dodgers and Rockies rolled around in the dirt again and when the air cleared the two teams had scored 19 runs on 26 hits. The Los Angeles bullpen came through, allowing only two runs in 6.2 innings to enable them to win their eighth straight by a 12-7 margin. James Loney knocked in six runs to spark the wild evening.

Appropriately enough, with Cinco de Mayo coming up in a couple of days, a pair of Mexican pitchers drew the start, Esteban Loaiza for the Dodgers and Jorge De La Rosa for the Rockies.

In the words of their countrymen, on this night they were both muy malo. Loaiza surrendered five runs in 2.1 innings and De La Rosa nine in four innings.

Hong Chih Kuo took over for Loaiza and, after giving up the tying home run, allowed only one more harmless single in his 3.2 innings while fanning five.

James Loney, who was only 1-for-14 on the road trip, slammed a three-run double and a three-run homer. Furcal had a pair of hits and scored three times and Pierre had three hits, two of them bunts, stole two bases and scored twice. Matt Kemp singled and doubled, knocking in a run and scoring twice. Jeff Kent drove in a pair of runs.

Arizona, San Francisco and San Diego all won their games, so the Dodger win keeps them four games out of first place.

Furcal opened the game with in infield hit and Pierre, squaring to bunt, pushed the ball into left field for a single. Kemp singled to left to load the bases.

After Kent struck out, Russ Martin walked to force in the first run and Loney slugged a shot to the wall in left center to drive in three more.

In the second, Loaiza singled to right, Furcal walked and Kemp's sac fly made it 5-0. After a double steal, Kent's ground ball scored Furcal and the Dodgers had a comfy sox run lead after two.

Loaiza apparently couldn't stand prosperity and surrendered a walk and three hits -- two of them doubles -- to cut the lead to 6-3 after two.

In the third, Matt Holliday hit a shot that was heading towards the Wyoming border when it disappeared over the left field wall and on his 44th pitch, Loaiza served up a double to Gerald Atkins and left the game with a 5.63 earned run average in his pocket.

Hong Chic Kuo got the call, served up a lollypop to Brad Hawpe on the first pitch and it was promptly deposited it into the right field seats and incredibly the game was tied 6-6.

It was only the second earned run allowed by the Dodger bullpen in the last 29 innings.

After three innings, each team had 18 batters go to the plate.

Los Angeles got back on the board in the fifth inning. After Kent beat out an infield hit and Martin had walked, Loney hit a 2-2 pitch into the right field seats for a 9-6 lead.

It was his sixth RBI of the game and 25th of the season, making the "experts" wonder about their prediction that Loney would never hit with enough power to be a first baseman.

In the sixth, Furcal singled again, Pierre beat out another bunt and Kemp walked. Kent came to the plate for the fourth time in the game came to the plate with a total of eight men on base. His sac fly drove in the 10th Dodger run.

Pierre and Kemp pulled the second double steal of the game. Pierre was thrown out at the plate on Martin's grounder but a wild pitch allowed Kemp to slide across with the 11th run.

Loney was robbed of his seventh RBI when Willie Tavres made a running, diving catch of a shot in the left-center gap.

In the meantime, after Kuo had allowed the home run to Hawpe, he retired the next nine Rockies in order and left after six having allowed a pair of hits and with five strikeouts.

Scott Proctor gave up a run in the bottom of the seventh and Jonathan Broxton came in to make his first appearance on the current road trip. He hit 96 on the gun while blowing away the final Rockies hitter, proving the slightly pulled muscle is healed.

Martin ran his hitting streak to 10 straight when he singled in the seventh to score Pierre, who had walked and moved to third on Kemp's double. Loney fanned and Jones hit a scorching grounder that Atkins backhanded a third base and threw him out.

Broxton worked a 1-2-3 eighth and handed the ball and a 12-7 lead over to Takashi Saito to close out. He allowed a double to center that Jones nearly made a diving catch on.

Holliday walked and Todd Helton smacked a shot to left that Pierre reached above the left field fence to rob him of a home run. Kemp made a catch at the right field fence on a drive by Atkins and Hawpe bounced out to end the game.

The Dodgers improved to 17-13 with their eighth straight game. Colorado slid to 11-19 and lost a game to every team in the N.L. West and 10 games behind Arizona.

Derek Lowe will get a chance to give the Dodgers a sweep this afternoon.
 Score by innings
Dodgers	        420 032 010-12
Colorado	033 000 100- 7

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	5  3  2  0  .381
Pierre lf	4  2  3  0  .312
Kemp rf	        3  2  2  1  .327
Kent 2b        	3  0  1  2  .298
 Hu pr-2b	0  0  0  0  .000
Martin 3b-c	3  2  1  2  .297
Loney 1b	5  1  2  6  .276
Jones cf	5  0  1  0  .163
Bennett c	5  0  1  0  .143
 DeWitt 3b	0  0  0  0  .278
Loaiza p	2  1  1  0  .333
 Kuo p	        1  0  0  0  .500
 Young ph	1  0  0  0  .357
 Proctor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Sweeney ph	1  0  0  0  .095
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	38 12 14 11
  Colorado	37  7 11  7

 2b hits- Loney (6), Kemp (8).
HR- Loney (3). SF- Kent, Kemp.
RBI- Martin 2 (13), Loney 6 (25),
Kemp (22), Kent 2 (18). LOB- Los
Angeles 7, Colorado 8. SB- Furcal
(8), Pierre 2 (9), Kemp (7).

 Los Angeles	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Loaiza	        2.1  5  5-5  1  0  5.63
Kuo        	3.2  2  1-1  0  5  3.05
Proctor	        0.2  2  1-1  1  2  5.28
Broxton	        1.1  0  0-0  0  1  2.08
Saito	        1.0  1  0-0  1  0  1.93
 HBP- by Loaiza. T- 3:27. Att- 38,597.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers faced an opposing left-handed starting pitcher for the sixth time in their last seven games. Los Angeles is 6-0 in their last six games with an opposing lefty starter, and is 8-3 against left-handed starters overall. ...The seven-game winning streak is the longest active winning streak in the Majors. It is also Los Angeles' longest since a seven-gamer to close out the 2006 regular season September 24-October 1. ...The Dodgers are 10-2 in their last 12 games since being a season-worst four games below .500 at 7-11 on April 20. The Dodgers' 92 runs beginning April 21 are a Major League best. ...The Dodgers are the only team with six games of at least 10 runs scored. Los Angeles has turned the trick four times in its last seven games.

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