Rockies Overwhelm Haeger, Dodgers 8-0

So much for the thought that the return of Manny Ramirez would inspire the Dodgers -- at least not in his first appearance after exiting the disabled list. A Colorado rookie, making his second Major League start, rode a six-run first inning to his first victory, whitewashing Los Angeles 8-0.

With Jim Tracy's Colorado team receiving stellar pitching, on the other side of the field Joe Torre suffered through the worst pitching performance of the season as Charlie Haeger (0-4) and his knuckleball weren't in the same zip code during his 19-minute, 22-pitch effort. Of those 22 pitches, eight were in the strike zone and one of them was a bases-loaded triple.

He left the game without retiring a man and the five earned runs he allowed bloated his earned run average to 8.49. Ramon Ortiz took over in the first and served up a home run but then settled down and worked five innings, allowing six hits and one more run.

Carlos Monasterios, George Sherrill and Jeff Weaver followed on the mound. Monasterios allowed a run in two; Sherrill and Weaver pitched a perfect inning each and struck out two.

The Dodgers' offense did little against the young pitcher, collecting seven hits -- a double and two singles of them by Andre Ethier who boosted his average into the rarified stratosphere to .394. It boosted his modest hitting streak to nine games during which he is hitting .514.

Russell Martin, Matt Kemp, Manny Ramirez and Jamey Carroll each had a single. Ramirez returned after 14 days on the disabled list because of a strained right calf muscle.

Chacin, who threw 73 of 113 pitches for strikes, ran his sparkling record to 14 consecutive scoreless innings, having allowed nine hits and fanning 14. He held the Dodgers to a single by Martin and three hits by Ethier over the first seven innings.

"He was throwing strikes and staying ahead of guys," Blake DeWitt said. "He had all of his pitches working and he had good off-speed stuff. In this league, you're going to be facing tough guys every night. That's just part of it."

Haeger (0-4) lasted only 22 pitches—14 balls—and did not retire any of the five batters he faced. All of them scored, raising the right-hander's ERA to 8.49.

Haeger walked the first four Rockies and then served up a three-run triple to Carlos Gonzalez on a 1-2 pitch. The Colorado right fielder has 18 RBI in his last 11 games.

Haeger became the first Dodgers pitcher to start a game and not record an out since Aug. 8, 1988, at Houston, when right-hander Shawn Hillegas was given the hook by Tommy Lasorda after four batters.

"It was just one of those things where I couldn't find the zone, and as a result, you're going to get hurt," Haeger said. "I've pitched a lot of games in my life, where, being a knuckleballer, every once in a while you don't have it in the first inning. So I understand the hook. You let the first five guys reach base and you're down 4-0 with nobody out, maybe it's time to make a change."

The Dodgers suffered their fifth shutout of the season and the third time at home.

Today's Starters are RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (6-0, 0.87) for the Rockies vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 4.99). The Dodgers will then travel to Arizona to meet the Diamondbacks. Monday it will be RHP Rodrigo Lopez (1-1, 4.14) vs. RHP Chad Billingsley (2-2, 5.06); Tuesday RHP Dan Haren (4-1, 4.04) vs. a pitcher to be determined and Wednesday, former Dodger RHP Edwin Jackson (1-4, 7.32) vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-1, 2.70).

Dodgers Blue Notes --The Dodgers failed in their attempt to win three games in a row for the second time this season. ...Infielder Jamey Carroll has been tremendous while filling in for injured shortstop Rafael Furcal. Since Furcal went down after the first game of a doubleheader in New York on April 27, Carroll has hit .324 (12-for-37) with two doubles, eight walks, six runs scored and a .492 OBP while playing shortstop and batting eighth. The Indiana native has not made an error in nine straight games and over that time his 28 assists are tied for second in the NL. ...Andre Ethier posted his fifth game with three hits in his 12th multi-hit game of the season, ranking second on the club in that category, one behind James Loney for the team lead. ...Russell Martin has hit safely in his last four games, batting .313 (5-for-16) during his season-long streak. Martin has started each of the Dodgers' last 10 games and hit just .175 (7-for-40) in that stretch. ...Los Angeles committed a season-high two errors for the 11th time this season. Dodgers Publicity  

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