Rockies Batter Kershaw, Avoid a Sweep

Young Clayton Kershaw had a Coors Field moment, giving up a pair of two-run homers after retiring the first six batters. Two innings later he surrendered three hits and a pair of walks and when the dust cleared he had nine earned runs tacked onto his record after allowing eight in his first three starts, and the Rockies had a 10-4 win.

Kershaw had command problems, issuing a walk before each of the two third-inning home runs. Then after allowing three hits and a run in the fifth, he walked the bases loaded to pitch to left handed batter Brad Hawpe, who seems to thrive on Los Angeles pitching.

He walked him after starting 0-2, forcing in the second run, and Scott Elbert came in and gave up a long drive to center field by Jeff Baker. Matt Kemp perhaps didn't pick the ball up right away, but for whatever reason he got a bad jump and the ball just cleared his reaching glove for a bases-loaded triple, all runs charged to Kershaw. The three RBIs were the first of the season for Baker.

Elbert gave up another run in the sixth. Will Ohman and Guillermo Mota each worked a scoreless inning but the game was in the Rockies' bag by then.

The Dodgers had great difficulties with Jason Marquis, who allowed a pair of hits in the first to Andre Ethier and James Loney, then retired 13 Dodgers in succession.

Trailing 9-0 in the sixth, they finally got on the scoreboard on a single by Juan Pierre, starting to give Manny Ramirez a day off, a walk to Orlando Hudson and Loney's two run double.

Loney and Russ Martin doubled for a run in the eighth and pinch-hitter Mark Loretta, Pierre and Ethier singled in the ninth and Loney drove in a run with a ground ball to end the long afternoon.

Incidentally, Loretta's infield single was his fifth pinch-hit in seven attempts and moved his overall average to .538 and his pinch-hitting average to a stunning .714.

On the non-hitting side of the ledger, Orlando Hudson's career-high 11-game hitting streak bit the dust. He bounced to first, hit into a double play, walked, struck out and then with one last chance, lined hard to center.

In the three-game series in Colorado, none of the Dodgers' three starters -- Kershaw, James McDonald or Eric Stults -- pitched more than five innings.

Manager Joe Torre gave three starters the day off. Manny Ramirez (Juan Pierre), Rafael Furcal (Juan Castro) and Casey Blake (Blake DeWitt). The three fill-ins were 2-for-12 on the afternoon with Pierre claiming both of the hits.

Loney's three hits led the team and moved his average to .319. Ethier and Pierre added a pair of hits each.

The Dodgers (13-6) travel to San Francisco (9-8) for a three game series before returning home for an 11-game home stand, their longest on the schedule. Pitching match-ups for the series:
Monday, Randy Wolf (1-1, 4.26) vs Barry Zito (0-2, 5.63)
Tuesday, Chad Billingsley (4-0, 2.05) vs Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 3.97)
Wednesday, Eric Stults (2-0, 3.52) vs Tim Lincecum (1-1, 2.96).

 Score by innings
Dodgers	        000 002 011- 4
Colorado	004 051 00x-10

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre cf	4  1  2  0  .333
Hudson 2b	4  1  0  0  .351
Ethier rf	5  0  2  0  .314
Loney 1b	5  1  3  3  .319
Martin c	5  0  1  1  .238
Kemp cf        	3  0  0  0  .319
DeWitt 3b	4  0  0  0  .133
Castro ss	4  0  0  0  .250
Kershaw p	1  0  0  0  .143
 Elbert p	0  0  0  0  .500
 Blake ph	0  0  0  0  .228
 Ohman p	0  0  0  0  1.000
 Mota p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Loretta ph	1  1  1  0  .538
 Totals	        36  4  9  4
 Colorado	31 10 11 10

 Two-base hits- Loney 2 (6), Martin (4).
RBI- Loney, 3 (14), Martin (11). LOB- Los
Angeles 10, Colorado 2. DP- Hudson, Castro
and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h r-er bb so  era
Kershaw (2-2)	4.2  8  9-9  4  4  7.29
Elbert	        1.1  3  1-1  0  0  6.75
Ohman	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.70
Mota	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  5.68
 WP- Kershaw. T- 2:42. Att- 35,506.

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