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Loney propels Dodgers to eighth straight win

May 4, 2008 - 5:06 AM By Brady Delander PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

DENVER (Ticker) - The Los Angeles Dodgers spotted Esteban Loaiza six early runs, and he promptly let that cushion deflate. So James Loney took matters into his own hands.

Loney hit a three-run homer to break open a tie game and finished with six RBI as the Dodgers soared past the Colorado Rockies, 12-7, on Saturday at Coors Field.

Los Angeles has won a major league-best eight consecutive games and scored 92 runs since April 21, also tops in the league. The winning streak is the team's longest since an 11-game run from July 28-August 8, 2006.

"Winning is fun," Loney said. "It brings a sense that everybody belongs, no matter if you are doing good, no matter if you are struggling. We all (have) confidence that if you get that opportunity, you can do it."

Forty-five of those 92 runs have come in five games against the Rockies, a club that has dropped 11 of its last 13 contests and is eight games under .500 (11-19) for the first time since May 22, 2007.

"It's not fun losing," Colorado outfielder Brad Hawpe said. "We are a quality team and have a lot of good players. To go out there and lose and have the stretches that we've had lately is upsetting."

The Dodgers opened the game with singles by Rafael Furcal, Juan Pierre and Matt Kemp. Lefthander Jorge De La Rosa (0-1), making his first appearance for the Rockies, walked in a run and then surrendered a three-run double by Loney to fall into a 4-0 hole after one-half inning.

In the top of the second, De La Rosa loaded the bases with none out for a second time, and Kemp and Jeff Kent each drove in a run to extend the early lead to 6-0.

After the Rockies fell into that early deficit, they started to climb back into the game in the bottom of the second.

Todd Helton led off with a double - his 800th career extra-base hit - and scored on a one-out single by Brad Hawpe. Jeff Baker hit an RBI double and De La Rosa helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly.

Colorado tied the game with three more runs in the third, including a leadoff homer by Matt Holliday. Loaiza was pulled after Garrett Atkins followed with a double, and reliever Hong-Chih Kuo gave up a game-tying, first-pitch homer to Hawpe.

"It's never easy in this ballpark," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "You never have enough runs here."

Loney, for one, wasn't nervous.

"When we get a big lead like that, I think our pitchers are going out there trying to attack the hitter," Loney said. "Sometimes they hit them hard. If it happens that they do catch up, we have the confidence that we can come back."

But Loney chased De La Rosa and dashed the Rockies' hopes of a much-needed victory with his three-run blast in the fifth. Loney was robbed of another certain extra-base hit and RBI by Willy Taveras' diving grab in center field in the sixth inning.

For the Dodgers, Pierre recorded three hits and Furcal added two more and scored three runs. Pierre also robbed Helton of a three-run homer in the ninth with an over-the-wall grab in left field.

"He brings another dimension to this ball club," said Torre of Pierre, who recorded his third straight multi-hit game. "Juan, the way he's been swinging the bat and playing, he's really made a difference."

Kuo (1-1), who settled down after giving up the home run to Hawpe, picked up the win, striking out five in 3 2/3 innings.

Hawpe had the hot bat for the Rockies with three hits, four RBI and two runs scored.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 4 2 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 12 14 0
    COLORADO 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LOS - ESTEBAN LOAIZA, HONG-CHIH KUO (3RD), SCOTT PROCTOR (7TH),
    JONATHAN BROXTON (7TH), TAKASHI SAITO (9TH) AND GARY BENNETT,
    RUSSELL MARTIN (9TH)
    COL - JORGE DE L

    May 3 11:34 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RUSSELL MARTIN SCORED JUAN PIERRE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R MARTIN ON FIRST, C HU ON SECOND, M KEMP ON
    THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 12
    COLORADO 7 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.278, 2-FOR-4, HR, 6 RBI)

    Dodgers 12, Rockies 7  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 3 10:59 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRAD HAWPE SCORED MATT HOLLIDAY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B HAWPE ON FIRST, T HELTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 11
    COLORADO 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: J BAKER (.200, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Dodgers 11, Rockies 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 3 10:46 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY RYAN SPEIER ALLOWED MATT KEMP TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R MARTIN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 11
    COLORADO 6 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.281, 2-FOR-3, HR, 6 RBI)

    Dodgers 11, Rockies 6  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 3 10:17 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JEFF KENT SCORED RAFAEL FURCAL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M KEMP ON FIRST, J PIERRE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 10
    COLORADO 6 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R MARTIN (.293, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB, RBI)

    Dodgers 10, Rockies 6  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 3 10:12 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JAMES LONEY (3) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF JORGE DE LA ROSA SCORED JEFF KENT AND RUSSELL
    MARTIN.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 9, COLORADO 6
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: A JONES (.158, 0-FOR-2)

    Dodgers 9, Rockies 6  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 3 9:43 PM
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    Dodgers 6, Rockies 6  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 3 9:21 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRAD HAWPE (2) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF HONG-CHIH KUO SCORED GARRETT ATKINS.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 6, COLORADO 6
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: J BAKER (.212, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Dodgers 6, Rockies 6  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 3 9:17 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MATT HOLLIDAY (5) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF ESTEBAN LOAIZA.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 6, COLORADO 4
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T HELTON (.283, 1-FOR-1)

    Dodgers 6, Rockies 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 3 9:11 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JORGE DE LA ROSA SCORED BRAD HAWPE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, Y TORREALBA ON FIRST, J BAKER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 6
    COLORADO 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: W TAVERAS (.263, 0-FOR-1)

    Dodgers 6, Rockies 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 3 8:56 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JEFF BAKER SCORED GARRETT ATKINS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J BAKER ON SECOND, B HAWPE ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 6
    COLORADO 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: Y TORREALBA (.234, 2 HR, 9 RBI)

    Dodgers 6, Rockies 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 3 8:53 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRAD HAWPE SCORED TODD HELTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B HAWPE ON FIRST, G ATKINS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 6
    COLORADO 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: J BAKER (.188, 0 HR, 3 RBI)

    Dodgers 6, Rockies 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 3 8:51 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JEFF KENT SCORED RAFAEL FURCAL.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PIERRE ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 6
    COLORADO 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R MARTIN (.296, 0-FOR-0, BB, RBI)

    Dodgers 6, Rockies 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 3 8:42 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MATT KEMP SCORED ESTEBAN LOAIZA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J PIERRE ON FIRST, R FURCAL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 5
    COLORADO 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J KENT (.293, 0-FOR-1)

    Dodgers 5, Rockies 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 3 8:40 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: LOS - ESTEBAN LOAIZA
    COL - JORGE DE LA ROSA

    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: W TAVERAS (.266, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
    C BARMES (.290, 2 HR, 10 RBI)
    M HOLLIDAY (.292, 4 HR,

    Dodgers 4, Rockies 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 3 8:24 PM
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    Dodgers vs. RockiesMay 3 2:23 PM