Kid Pitchers Spark Dodgers Win

The Dodgers trotted out their kid pitchers Saturday afternoon after being smashed 18-2 the day before, and, along with a pair of veterans, held Colorado to six hits in a 13-5 win. The Dodgers evened their record to 2-2, the Rox remain winless.

Former Dodgers' Minor League pitchers of the year Clayton Kershaw and James McDonald and 2004 No. 1 pick Scott Elbert worked the first two innings and limited Colorado to three hits and a pair of runs.

It took a while but the Los Angeles offense clicked into gear in the fourth inning, scoring six unanswered runs to erase a 2-1 Colorado lead. A six-run eighth sealed the deal.

Kershaw worked a perfect first inning before getting into a jam in the second. A single and a fielder's choice put the first two Rockies on base before Clayton struck out the next two.

A two run single gave Colorado a 2-1 lead, erasing a second inning Dodgers run.

"It is good to get in (tough) situations, where I have to battle a little bit," Kershaw said. "I was leaving some pitches up and that is something I have to work on."

McDonald allowed no runs and a pair of hits in his two innings, earning the win, and Elbert did him one better by holding the Rockies hitless in the fifth and sixth innings.

Brent Leach coughed up a run in the seventh, Brian Mazone pitched a scoreless eighth but Nick DeBarr surrendered a two-run, ninth inning homer.

But the hay was in the barn by then, thanks to Kemp's two run homer in the fifth and Jones banged his second homer in two days, this one with the bases loaded in the eighth.

First baseman Val Pascucci went 3-for-4, while Juan Castro was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored, boosting his average to a gaudy .750. Rookie Jaime Hoffman had a double and three runs batted in

. Xavier Paul added a double and Danny Ardoin was 1-for-1 with two runs scored.

Blake DeWitt started at shortstop for the first time since high school and made every play spectacularly. Well, he only had one play the entire game but he went up the middle, made a nice stop and got his man at first.

"That happens a lot," DeWitt told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com about the leadoff grounder hit by Rockies second baseman Eric Young Jr. "You get in there, testing out a new position and you know it's going to come sooner or later. You've got to be ready. It felt pretty good out there."

DeWitt, who opened the season at third, and ended up leading the National League in range factor, moved to second during the season and filled in well for Jeff Kent when he injured his knee.

Now with Rafael Furcal nursing a tender back, the Dodgers are looking for someone to take over when Rafy takes a day off here and there. And with infielder Tony Abreu out for a day or so with a sore groin, it was time to take a look at DeWitt

Third-base coach Larry Bowa, who has been working DeWitt out at shortstop, had high praise for the young man. "He can play everywhere," Bowa told Gurnick. "Rafy isn't going to play every day. We're going to give him some blows. We don't know long Abreu's out.

"Blake's very valuable. We'll just keep working. This kid wants to make the team any way he can, believe me. Some guys would say, 'How many positions do you want me to play? I'm only [23] years old?' Not him. He's an athlete."

The Dodgers, meanwhile, will play their first game at the new complex in Glendale against their training partner, the White Sox, on Sunday. Hiroki Kuroda, Claudio Vargas and Eric Milton will pitch for the Dodgers.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	010 240 060-13
Colorado	020 000 102- 5

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Kemp cf	        3  1  1  2  .667
 Ardoin c	1  2  1  0  .500
DeWitt ss	4  0  0  0  .200
 De Jesus ss	1  1  0  0  .200
Martin c	2  0  0  0  .333
 Hoffman pr-cf	2  0  1  3  .600
Pascucci 1b	4  1  3  1  .625
Young lf	5  1  0  0  .100
Paul rf	        3  1  1  0  .364
Repko dh-lf	2  0  0  0  .125
 Jones lf	2  1  1  4  .400
Maza 2b-3b-rf	4  1  0  0  .000
Castro 2b-3b	3  2  3  1  .750
 Luna 2b-3b	2  1  0  0  .000
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 Totals	        38 13 11 12
 Colorado	33  5  6  4

 Error- Pascucci (1). 2b hits- Castro
2 (3), Paul (2), Hoffman (3), Ardoin
(1). HR- Kemp (1), Jones (2). RBI-
Kemp 2 (2), Castro (2), DeWitt (3), 
Hoffman 3 (5), Pascucci (2), Jones 4 
(7). S- Repko. LOB- Los Angeles 8, 
Colorado 3. DP- Hu, De Jesus and Pascucci. 

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Kershaw	        2.0  2  2-2  0  3  9.00
McDonald (1-0)	2.0  1  0-0  0  3  0.00
Elbert	        2.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Leach	        1.0  1  1-1  1  1  9.00
Mazone	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0  0.00
DeBurr	        1.0  2  2-2  0  1  9.00
 WP- Kershaw, Leach, DeBurr. HBP- Maza, 
Paul, T- 3:16. Att- 5982.

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