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Torrealba's key hit helps Rockies defeat Dodgers

Apr 19, 2007 - 5:49 AM DENVER (Ticker) -- One big at-bat for Yorvit Torrealba wasn't enough.

Torrealba delivered a key hit during a three-run third inning and the bullpen pitched five strong inning as the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-2.

The Rockies' catcher delivered a three-run double in the bottom of the eighth in Tuesday's 5-3 victory over San Francisco, and he struck again against the Dodgers.

"You don't like to say Torrealba's more focused with men on base, because you need to be focused without men on base," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "More often than not, though, he's not quite as anxious. He's had a lot of success so far with men on base, though."

Torrealba singled to right field with the bases loaded in the third inning off Los Angeles starter Derek Lowe to plate two runs for a 2-1 lead. When right fielder Andre Ethier overthrew home plate, another run crossed the plate for a 3-1 edge.

"The bases-clearing hit by Torrealba was the killer," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "That play was just messed up from the get-go. Nothing was pretty about it. Usually we are on the receiving end of something like that but sometimes we're giving it."

Garrett Atkins hit a run-scoring single in the fifth followed by an RBI double by Todd Helton that pushed the lead to 5-2.

Rookie Troy Tulowitzki added a two-run single in the seventh for the Rockies, who snapped the Dodgers' six-game road winning streak.

Taylor Buchholz (1-0) allowed a run, four hits and a walk to earn the win after replacing Colorado starter Rodrigo Lopez to start the fifth inning.

"I just got to be ready and come in when they need me," Buchholz said. "That is my role right now. I was overthrowing a little at first but then settled down. It was great to get the win but it was needed for the team."

Lopez, who missed his last start due to an inflamed elbow, left this contest after the fourth inning with right elbow tightness. He allowed a run and four hits.

"It got tight in the third inning but it was all right until the fourth where I felt like I wasn't finishing my pitches," Lopez said. "I didn't want to take a chance and hurt myself more. I don't want to put the team in jeopardy by not being 100 percent on the mound."

Lowe (2-2) surrendered five runs, eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.

"This is the only place where I don't let a poor outing affect me," Lowe said. "Anyone can hit here. I just need to focus on my next start."

Juan Pierre and Brady Clark each had two hits for the Dodgers.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 9 2
    COLORADO 0 0 0 3 2 0 2 0 x 7 13 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LOS - DEREK LOWE, CHIN-HUI TSAO (5TH), RUDY SEANEZ (7TH) AND MIKE
    LIEBERTHAL
    COL - RODRIGO LOPEZ, TAYLOR BUCHHOLZ (5TH), JEREMY
    AFFELDT (7TH), MANNY CORPAS (8TH),

    Apr 18 11:18 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TROY TULOWITZKI SCORED MATT HOLLIDAY AND BRAD
    HAWPE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 2
    COLORADO 7 END BOTTOM, 7TH

    Apr 18 10:51 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TROY TULOWITZKI SCORED MATT HOLLIDAY AND BRAD
    HAWPE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 2
    COLORADO 7 END BOTTOM, 7TH

    Dodgers vs. RockiesApr 18 10:51 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: R Seanez relieved C Tsao.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 2
    COLORADO 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G Atkins (.260, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 18 10:40 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - PITCHING CHANGE
    LOS: RUDY SEANEZ (0-0, 5.40) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 2, COLORADO 5
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.260, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 18 10:40 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 2
    COLORADO 0 0 0 3 2 0 5 8 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: LOS - CHIN-HUI TSAO (OUT)
    COL - JEREMY AFFELDT

    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.260, 1-FOR-3, RBI)
    T HELTON (.353, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)
    M HOLLIDAY (.333, 2-FOR-3)

    Apr 18 10:38 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY GARRETT ATKINS SCORED JAMEY CARROLL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G ATKINS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 2
    COLORADO 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T HELTON (.340, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Dodgers vs. RockiesApr 18 10:01 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DEREK LOWE SCORED BRADY CLARK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R MARTINEZ ON FIRST, W BETEMIT ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 2
    COLORADO 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R FURCAL (.174, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 18 9:52 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DEREK LOWE SCORED BRADY CLARK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R MARTINEZ ON FIRST, W BETEMIT ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 2
    COLORADO 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R FURCAL (.174, 0-FOR-2)

    Dodgers vs. RockiesApr 18 9:52 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: T Buchholz relieved R Lopez.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 1
    COLORADO 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: B Clark (.357, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Apr 18 9:46 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - PITCHING CHANGE
    COL: TAYLOR BUCHHOLZ (0-0, 6.23) STARTING THE 5TH
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 1, COLORADO 3
    DUE UP FOR LADODGERS: B CLARK (.357, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Apr 18 9:46 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 0 1 0 0 1 4 2
    COLORADO 0 0 0 3 3 4 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: LOS - DEREK LOWE
    COL - RODRIGO LOPEZ (OUT)

    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: B CLARK (.357, 1-FOR-1, RBI)
    W BETEMIT (.069, 0-FOR-1)
    R MARTINEZ (.182, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 18 9:43 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY YORVIT TORREALBA SCORED TODD HELTON AND MATT
    HOLLIDAY. ERROR BY ANDRE ETHIER ALLOWED BRAD HAWPE TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 1
    COLORADO 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T TULOWITZKI (.188, 0-FOR-1)

    Dodgers vs. RockiesApr 18 9:42 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 0 1 1 3 0
    COLORADO 0 0 1 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: LOS - DEREK LOWE
    COL - RODRIGO LOPEZ

    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: M HOLLIDAY (.316, 2 HR, 9 RBI)
    B HAWPE (.255, 0 HR, 7 RBI)
    Y TORREALBA (.292, 0 HR, 5 R

    Apr 18 8:58 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRADY CLARK SCORED ANDRE ETHIER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B CLARK ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 1
    COLORADO 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: W BETEMIT (.071, 0 HR, 4 RBI)

    Dodgers vs. RockiesApr 18 8:54 PM