Pitching Duel in Coors; L.A. 16, Rox 10

The Dodgers scored 16 on a touchdown and three field goals while beating the Broncos, er, Rockies 16-10 in a game that resembled the days before they humidified the baseballs in Coors Field. There is a movement to name the place Loney Field after he had one of his usual Rocky Mountain High games: three hits, five runs batted in

. Los Angeles scored eight times in the first and built 12-1 and 16-3 leads but the Dodgers' staff, unaccustomed to such support, allowed runs in each of the final seven innings.

Loney is now batting .471 (8-for-17) since the All-Star break, and this latest performance pushed his season average to .300 for the first time in almost two weeks.

The two teams combined for 26 runs and 38 hits in the sizzling hot mountain air. It's not often you win by six and are out-hit (20-18) but the Dodgers' league-leading staff was thumped pretty good as all five pitchers used allowed runs.

Starter Eric Stults, who hadn't pitched in nine days, was jerked out of a game leading 12-1 because, according to manager Joe Torre, "wasn't aggressive enough.

"He looked like he was trying to protect a lead instead of pitching with one," said Torre. "He had good stuff. Sometimes you let the score affect what you do."

For the fourth game in a row since the All-Star break, the Dodgers' starter struggled. Over that span they have averaged four innings and have an 8.10 ERA -- this time it was Stults who couldn't get into the fifth to qualify for a win.

However, Brian Falkenborg (2-2) who got the win by a scorer's decision, Cory Wade, Joe Beimel and Hong-Chih Kuo weren't much better. Closer Jonathan Broxton was warming up when Kuo got the final out of the game. The staff stranded 16 Colorado runners.

Colorado starter Kip Wells was battered for eight first-inning runs while retiring only one Dodger, giving up a a leadoff-double to Matt Kemp to open the game and a second double to Kemp on his 40th, and final, pitch of the inning.

"Arena baseball," Torre called it after the Dodgers led 16-3 going into the last of the fifth.

Along with Loney, Russell Martin and Jeff Kent also collected three hits, while Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Angel Berroa had a pair. Overall, the Dodgers were 9-for-21 (.429) with runners in scoring position.

Colorado was led by Troy Tulowitzki, who banged out five hits and you can tell how tough his season has been by the fact he only raised his average to .192.

Loney's first RBI came on an opening inning single, scoring Russell Martin as the Dodgers launched an eight-run explosion. The second came on a second inning single, this one scoring Jeff Kent from second to boost the margin to 9-0.

Then, with the bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth, and facing former teammate Matt Herges, he lined a ball off the wall in right-center for a three-run triple.

Loney has had games in Coors Field in which he drove in nine and six runs, so this five RBI effort ranks third on his all-time list. He has collected 24 RBIs in 14 career games at Coors, and is hitting .283 (13-for-46) with four home runs.

His biggest game came on Sept. 28, 2006, when the Dodgers were in the midst of winning their final seven regular-season games two win a spot in the playoffs. Loney drove in nine runs that afternoon, a National League rookie record.

"I think he is learning to hit the ball in the air more to right field as he gets older," hitting coach Don Mattingly said of the left-handed-hitting Loney. "To me, he is an RBI guy right now. But I do think he will be more of a home run guy. He has a tendency to hook so many balls, and that's OK right now. You don't want to tell a guy not to hit the ball the other way. But he is learning to pull the ball."

Kershaw Starts Tonight
Left-hander Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' #1 pitching prospect, will start at Colorado tonight. He was promoted from Jacksonville for the second time this season.

"Our mind was made up on Kershaw before Johnson was called up on Friday," Torre said. "I told Jason Johnson, `Right now, you're listed as the starter for tonight, but that could change."'

Kershaw (0-2, 4.42 ERA) will face RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 4.20 ERA) of Colorado. After a slow start to 2008, Jimenez hasn't surrendered more than four runs in any outing, lowering his ERA from 4.85 to 4.20, and has picked up three of his four victories.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	812 140 000-16
Colorado	001 212 112-10

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kemp rf        	5  1  2  1  .287
Ethier lf	6  2  2  2  .281
Martin c	6  3  3  1  .299
Kent 2b        	3  3  3  2  .257
 Ozuna 2b	2  0  1  0  .288
Loney 1b	6  2  3  5  .300
Jones cf	4  1  1  0  .166
LaRoche 3b	3  1  1  1  .200
Berroa ss	5  1  2  2  .205
Stults p	2  2  0  1  .154
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Wade p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Young ph	1  0  0  0  .252
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Kuo p        	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	44 16 18 15
  Colorado	46 10 20  9

 Error- Ethier (2). 2b hits- Kemp 2 (24),
Ethier (24), Kent 2 (17), Berroa (3).
3b hit- Loney (5). RBI- Ethier 2 (45), 
Martin (48), Loney 5 (56), Berroa 2 (2),
Stults (2), Kemp (54), Kent 2 (43), 
LaRoche (5). LOB- Los Angeles 7, Colorado

 Los Angeles	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Stults        	 3.2  6  3-3  3  4  3.18
Falkenborg (2-2) 1.1  4  1-1  1  0  5.79
Wade        	 2.0  4  3-3  1  2  2.95
Beimel        	 0.1  2  1-1  1  0  1.78
Kuo        	 1.2  4  2-2  0  1  1.89
 HBP- Jones. T- 3:40. Att- 38,291,
Dodger Blue Notes --Torre gave shortstop Nomar Garciaparra the game off and said he might not start tonight either. Garciaparra is hitting .333 in 14 games with three homers and four doubles since returning from the disabled list on July 4. ...Torre also indicated that disabled pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney would remain on the DL until other roster moves are determined. ...Jason Schmidt had his shoulder examined by surgeon Neal ElAttrache -- again.

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