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Martin lifts Dodgers past Rockies

Apr 26, 2008 - 8:34 AM By Jonathan Raber PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) - Russell Martin's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 13th inning plated Matt Kemp to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday.

Martin tied a career-high with four hits and reached base safely six times. After beginning the season mired in a slump, he has reached base safely in 18 of his last 25 at-bats, raising his average to .276.

"The game of baseball just seems to even out," Martin said. "I started the season pretty brutal, but now I'm just trying to do what I can to get on base and put some good at-bats together."

Jeff Kent and Kemp added two hits apiece with every starter - excluding the pitcher - recording at least one hit while five different players drove in at least one run for the Dodgers.

The teams combined to use 12 pitchers in the four-hour, 38-minute marathon, which ended when Martin took Taylor Buchholz's 1-1 offering deep to right field, plating Kemp from third.

"It was definitely the kind of game you want to win as a team because it can give you a boost, especially against a team in our division," said Martin of the hectic affair. "It feels heck of a lot better winning at 12 o'clock than losing."

Kemp reached on an error to open the 13th inning and advance to third when Gary Bennett followed with single, putting runners on the corners with no outs.

After reliever Chan Ho Park grounded out the third base, the Rockies opted to load the bases by intentionally walking James Loney, setting the stage for Martin's game-winning sacrifice fly.

Park (1-1) allowed two hits and two walks in the final three innings to earn the victory.

The ninth inning proved to be an eventful one for the Dodgers when Nomar Garciaparra left the game because of a strained left calf, forcing Russell Martin to move from catcher and make his debut at third base.

Backup catcher Gary Bennett took over behind the plate and was charged with a past ball on closer Takashi Saito's first pitch, allowing pinch-runner Willy Taveras to score from third, tying the score, 7-7.

After intentionally walking Todd Helton with one out and the go-ahead run at third, Saito got Matt Holliday to ground into an inning-ending double-play.

Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda wasn't particularly sharp in taking a no-decision. The 33-year-old Japanese import allowed five runs and nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks in six innings.

"He battled," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "(But) again, he had trouble locating pitches."

The Dodgers chased Colorado starter Ubaldo Jimenez from the game with one out in the bottom half of third in a five-run frame. They sent 11 batters to the plate and connected on five hits, all singles.

"I wasn't able to execute my pitches," Jimenez said. "(The Dodgers) came hacking."








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    FINAL 13
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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    COLORADO 0 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 1
    LA DODGERS 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
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    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 1 8 16 0 (FINAL 13)

    BATTERIES: COL

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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY RUSSELL MARTIN SCORED MATT KEMP.
    FINAL SCORE: LA DODGERS 8, COLORADO 7

    Rockies 7, Dodgers 8  Bot 13, 0 OutsApr 26 3:36 AM
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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    PASSED BALL BY GARY BENNETT ALLOWED WILLY TAVERAS TO
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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S PODSEDNIK ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 7
    LA DODGERS 7 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T TULOWITZKI (.176, 2-FOR-4)

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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HELTON ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 6
    LA DODGERS 7 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.344, 3-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Rockies 6, Dodgers 7  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 26 1:15 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ANDRE ETHIER SCORED JEFF KENT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A ETHIER ON SECOND, R MARTIN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 5
    LA DODGERS 7 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J PIERRE (.267, 1-FOR-1, BB, 2 RBI)

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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S PODSEDNIK ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 5
    LA DODGERS 6 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T TULOWITZKI (.169, 1-FOR-2)

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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUAN PIERRE SCORED JAMES LONEY AND RUSSELL
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    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, J PIERRE ON FIRST, A ETHIER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 4
    LA DODGERS 6 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: H KURODA (.111, 0-FOR-1)

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    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 4
    LA DODGERS 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: A ETHIER (.320, 0-FOR-1)

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    WILD PITCH BY UBALDO JIMENEZ ALLOWED ANDRUW JONES TO
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    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, N GARCIAPARRA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 4
    LA DODGERS 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J KENT (.290, 1-FOR-1)

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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N GARCIAPARRA ON FIRST, A JONES ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 4
    LA DODGERS 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J KENT (.290, 1-FOR-1)

    Rockies 4, Dodgers 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 25 11:37 PM


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    SINGLE BY GARRETT ATKINS SCORED TODD HELTON AND MATT
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    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, G ATKINS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 4
    LA DODGERS 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: B HAWPE (.243, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Rockies 4, Dodgers 1  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 25 11:29 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MATT HOLLIDAY SCORED TROY TULOWITZKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M HOLLIDAY ON SECOND, T HELTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 2
    LA DODGERS 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.330, 1-FOR-1)

    Rockies 2, Dodgers 1  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 25 11:28 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JAMES LONEY SCORED JEFF KENT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J LONEY ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1
    LA DODGERS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R MARTIN (.236, 2 HR, 7 RBI)

    Rockies 1, Dodgers 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 25 11:08 PM


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    SINGLE BY BRAD HAWPE SCORED MATT HOLLIDAY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B HAWPE ON FIRST, G ATKINS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1
    LA DODGERS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: Y TORREALBA (.241, 2 HR, 9 RBI)

    Rockies 1, Dodgers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 25 10:56 PM
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