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Dodgers rally in seventh for win over Rockies

Sep 28, 2006 - 3:37 AM DENVER (Ticker) -- J.D. Drew got the Los Angeles Dodgers within striking distance and his teammates finished the job.

Drew drove in two runs and Wilson Betemit scored the go-ahead run as the Dodgers rallied in the seventh inning for a 6-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Betemit homered and Nomar Garciaparra had three hits for Los Angeles (84-74), which moved within one game of San Diego (85-73) for first place in the National League West Division. The Dodgers lead the Philadelphia Phillies by one game in the wild card race.

"We had our hands full out there but we're looking straight at the scoreboard," Dodgers manager Grady Little said.

Drew's two-run triple to deep center field in the sixth off Rockies starter Aaron Cook (9-15) pulled the Dodgers within 4-3 before they rallied in the following frame.

"Individually you try to focus and have good quality at-bats," Drew said. "I came up in a situation with two outs and was able to get a pitch out over the plate and put a good swing on it, and guys came up the next inning and gave us a chance to win the ballgame."

Marlon Anderson led off with a triple and Betemit drew a walk. Rookie pinch hitter Andre Ethier stroked a tying RBI single and, one out later, Kenny Lofton bounced into a force play that plated Betemit for a 5-4 edge.

"Ethier got some production out of his at-bat and we were glad to see that out of him," Little said.

Jeff Kent capped the uprising with an RBI double for a two-run cushion.

That was enough for Derek Lowe (16-8), who won his seventh straight decision despite surrendering four runs and 10 hits in six innings. The righthander struck out four and walked one.

"This was a complete team win, we did everything that we needed to do to win," Lowe said. "If we win out from this point on, we'll make the playoffs and that's our goal."

Takashi Saito worked around a single in the ninth for his 22nd save.

Cook was tagged for six runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 frames. He struck out four while walking one.

"I feel like I threw pretty well tonight," Cook said. "I wish I could have ended the season on a better note, but I feel strong."

Garrett Atkins had three hits for Colorado, which fell to 4-14 against Los Angeles this season.






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