Dodgers Can't Come Back From Early Deficit

Starter Hiroki Kuroda (5-7) again ran into early trouble and although he straightened himself around nicely, the Dodgers could not overcome the three runs the Rockies scored in the third inning and lost 5-3. Los Angeles had chances to bounce back but couldn't get the one big hit they needed.

Colorado finished with 39 hits in the three game series and finished their home stand with a 6-1 record. The Rockies have won 30 games in Coors Field and 14 on the road.

The first seven Colorado batters reached base in the opening inning on a double, three singles and three fielder's choices. Kuroda wriggled off the hook and allowed only a pair of runs to score.

The Dodgers tied the game in the second on a single by Jeff Kent, a one-out walk by Andruw Jones and an RBI single by Andy LaRoche. On the hit, Jones attempted to go from first to third but was thrown out by a wide margin. Danny Ardoin singled up the middle to score LaRoche and tie the game.

Kuroda set the Rockies down 1-2-3 in the second inning, the first time a Dodger pitcher could manage that feat in the entire series.

With the sky darkening and a stiff wind blowing toward right field, Colorado nailed the game by scoring three times, but the way it all progressed would make you think it was going to be their day -- and as it turned out, it was.

Jeff Baker sliced a shot down the right field line that caught the wind and bounced around long enough in the corner for him to reach third base with a triple. Matt Holliday hit a one-hopper back to the mound that Kuroda deflected into short left field for an RBI double.

Brad Hawpe then lined a ball into right center that Matt Kemp misjudged and it went for a second RBI double. A single drove in the third, and final Colorado run of the game.

Loney singled and Jones' double drove him in in the second inning, but from that point on, Los Angeles could manage only five more hits, two each by Loney, giving him three for the game, and Kemp, who boosted his hitting streak to 11 games.

Kemp singled with one out in the fifth, Loney singled with one out in the sixth, Blake DeWitt smacked a pinch-hit double in the seventh, Kent walked and Loney singled in the eighth and Kemp singled in the ninth but they all were left on base.

Six of the final 10 Dodgers struck out.

Kuroda, who had allowed eight hits in the first three innings, suddenly righted the ship and allowed only a single over the next three. With the loss he slipped to 5-7 and is 2-7 in road games.

Chan Ho Park worked two scoreless innings but with the Dodgers offense in a funk, it didn't make much difference.

It was the third loss in four games for the Dodgers, who flirted with first place after the opening with a 16-10 win in the opener at Coors Field. Arizona played Chicago again in a night game at home.

When Kuroda started it gave the Dodgers three consecutive rookie starting pitchers for the first time since 1988.

Los Angeles has an open date today (Thursday) and then will host Washington and San Francisco for three games and Arizona for four.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	020 010 000-3
Colorado	203 000 00x-5

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kemp rf	        4  0  2  0  .290
Ethier lf	5  0  1  0  .277
Garciaparra ss	4  0  0  0  .275
Kent 2b	        3  1  1  0  .254
Loney 1b	4  1  2  0  .302
Jones cf	3  0  1  1  .166
LaRoche 3b	4  1  1  1  .214
Ardoin c	2  0  1  1  .238
 Martin ph-c	2  0  0  0  .297
Kuroda p	2  0  0  0  .062
 DeWitt ph	1  0  1  0  .257
 Park p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Young ph	1  0  0  0  .248
  Totals	35 3 11 3
  Colorado	33 5 11 5

 2b hits- Jones (7), DeWitt (11). RBI- LaRoche
(6), Ardoin (3), Jones (12). LOB- Los Angeles
8, Colorado 8.  DP- Park and Garciaparra.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Kuroda (5-7)	6.0  9  5-5  1  4  3.98
Park        	2.0  2  0-0  1  1  2.51
 PB- Ardoin. HBP- by Park. T- 2:57.
Att- 35,305.
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