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Dodgers' big seventh enough to top Rockies

Aug 27, 2011 - 5:48 AM Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - James Loney and Matt Kemp cracked back-to- back home runs to cap a six-run seventh inning, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Colorado Rockies, 6-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Chavez Ravine.

Justin Sellers added a two-run single, while Andre Ethier and Rod Barajas chipped in with a hit apiece for Los Angeles, which has won four straight.

Ted Lilly (8-13) picked up the win after his offense bailed him out in the seventh. He gave up one run on three hits while fanning five and walking one over seven frames.

Carlos Gonzalez accounted for the lone Rockies run with a home run and Troy Tulowitzki added a double. Colorado had its five-game winning streak snapped.

Esmil Rogers (6-3) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on six hits while fanning seven and walking three over 6 2/3 innings.

After being completely shut down through six innings, the Dodgers broke it open, scoring six runs. Ethier and Aaron Miles walked and Rod Barajas singled to load the bases with no outs. Jamey Carroll then lofted a shallow fly ball to Dexter Fowler in center field, who made the catch and threw a strike to Eliezer Alfonzo to nail Ethier at home. That left the Rockies with two outs, runners on second and third and a chance to escape unscathed, but the inning was just beginning.

Pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. was intentionally walked to re-load the bases, and LA was gifted the tying run when Rogers was called for a balk.

"The baserunner didn't bother me. I flinched a little bit. It won't happen again," Rogers said of the balk.

Sellers then slapped a two-run single and the inning was capped with back-to- back blasts by Loney and Kemp off Matt Reynolds to make it a 6-1 advantage.

Kemp's home run gives him 30 on the season to go with 33 stolen bases.

"30/30 is really special with my family here," Kemp said. "We're playing really good baseball right now. We still think we can get back in this thing."

Earlier, Colorado opened the scoring in its first at-bat when Gonzalez rocketed a Lilly fastball into the seats in left for a 1-0 Rockies lead.

In the home half of the inning, Los Angeles put runners on first and second with one out after singles by Loney and Kemp, but Rogers got Juan Rivera to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Los Angeles threatened again in the fourth when Ethier ripped a single up the middle and Miles roped a double to left, putting runners on second and third with two outs, but the Dodgers were again denied as Rogers got Barajas to pop out to end the inning.

Game Notes

Colorado is 8-8 against the Dodgers this season...Barajas is hitting .345 in his career against the Rockies...Prior to the game, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by legendary game show host Bob Eubanks...Gonzalez's home run was estimated to travel 448 feet. It was his 24th home run of the year. He extended his RBI streak to 10 games and his hitting streak to 13 games...Rockies manager Jim Tracy was ejected in the seventh inning for protesting a balk.