Rockies Pound Dodgers 11-3

The next time his turn in the rotation comes up at Coors Field, Hiroki Kuroda may turn up with a jammed toe or a tweaked hamstring. In his 10th start of the 2010 season he was tagged for 20 hits and seven runs, five earned, over four innings and saw his earned run average swell from 3.03 to 3.55. It was his shortest start of the season.

Kuroda left the game after the first two Colorado hitters singled in the fifth and his career record against the Rockies now stands at 0-3 over five innings with a 7.57 earned run average. The Dodgers were 7-1 in Kuroda's first eight starts and he had a 2.66 ERA. Over the two most recent games he has worked 10 innings and has allowed eight earned runs for a gaudy 7.20 earned run average. His record fell to 5-3.

This game got out of hand quickly, Colorado running up a 5-0 lead after three and then adding three more in the fifth. Los Angles, out-hit 14-7, scored for the first time in the seventh.

Rafael Furcal had a double, two singles and an RBI to lead the offense. James Loney and A.J. Ellis added runs batted in, Casey Blake doubled and Matt Kemp collected his third triple.

Scott Elbert, fresh up from Albuquerque, walked three and allowed a single and a run in 2/3 of an inning after taking over for Kuroda. Justin Miller, who made his Dodgers' debut, got him out of the fifth without further damage and added a scoreless seventh. Jeff Weaver coughed up the final three Colorado runs in the eighth.

Furcal opened the game with a single and Garret Anderson walked but Ramirez, who was 0-for-4 and slid to .292, flew to left and Kemp bounced into a double play.

Colorado tapped Kuroda for two in the bottom of the inning. Blake doubled in the top of the second and Chris Gonzalez countered with his seventh home run.

Kuroda walked and Furcal singled again in the third but the Rockies ran their advantage to 5-0 in the same frame.

Los Angeles didn't get another hit until the seventh when Kemp tripled to center and scored on Loney's single. Blake lived on an error and Ellis forced him at second. Furcal's third single accounted for the final Dodgers hit and run.

Aaron Cook (2-3) allowed three runs, one earned. on six hits. He walked two and struck out one in his first win in a month. Los Angeles, which had won six of its previous seven games in Colorado, including a 5-4 victory in Friday night's series opener.

"He just looked like he didn't have the command that he usually has," manager Joe Torre said of Kuroda. "And they made some great plays defensively."

Kuroda mentioned that he didn't have his usual slider, a common occurrence in the high altitude of Coors Field, but didn't make any excuses. "I just didn't have my stuff today and that summarizes it," he said.

Rafael Furcal, despite his three hits and several difficult fielding plays, made a throwing error that led to two unearned runs. And Kuroda didn't help himself by getting picked off second base.

The Dodgers loss, which gave Rockies manager Jim Tracy his 100th win in Colorado, compacts the National League West standings. San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Colorado are now within three games of each other as the season rolls toward the 1/3 mark.

Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.90) will face Jhoulys Chacin (3-2, 3.09) in the third and final game of the series this afternoon.

Dodgers Blue Notes --Despite the loss, the Dodgers have had the Rockies' number since August of 2008, winning 20 of their last 27 against Colorado and have won six of their last eight and seven of 11 over the most recent 14 games in Coors Field. During this stretch, the Rockies have yet to win two consecutive games. ...Torre anointed Charlie Hager as the starter Tuesday in Arizona. Hager, who has been rehabbing with Inland Empire. The announcement also means rookie Carlos Monasterios will return to his seat in the Dodgers bullpen. ...Another rehab, Andre Ethier, had two hits for Albuquerque and was hit by a pitch and walked. He will be activated tomorrow (Monday). The Dodgers are 11-4 without Ethier in the lineup this season. ...Vicente Padilla and George Sherrill threw simulated games on Saturday. Padilla, who pitched three innings, is scheduled to return in mid-June. Sherrill threw two innings and will probably make four rehab appearances before getting back into action. ...The Dodgers are a Major-League best 18-8 in May after struggling to a 9-14 record in April. Los Angeles has won 16 of its last 22 contests and is approaching its most successful month since August of 2006 (21-7). ...Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin was among the inaugural inductees into the Latino Hall of Fame. In addition to Jarrin, 25 others were enshrined in the inaugural class including Dodger scout Camilo Pascual and former Dodger President and owner Peter O'Malley, who received the "Tom Lasorda" Award for outstanding non-latino personality. Some of the other inductees include Roberto Clemente, Juan Marichal, Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda, Luis Aparicio, Roberto Alomar, Dave Concepcion and Felipe Alou. ...And on a lighter note, Japan's Eri Yoshida has become the first woman to pitch professionally in the United States in a decade, displaying her sidearm knuckleballs for the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League. Facing the Tijuana Cimarrones, she gave up a bunt single to former Giants infielder Ivan Ochoa but retired the side in the first inning without a run. The young lady allowed five hits, four runs and one walk in three innings, throwing 47 pitches on the night before a sellout crowd.  

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