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May 25, 2009 - 2:19 AM By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN STATS Senior Writer

Los Angeles (30-14) at Colorado (17-25), 3:10 p.m. EDT

The Los Angeles Dodgers enjoy playing within their division more than most teams.

The Dodgers look to add to their 20 wins over NL West opponents when they open a three-game road series Monday against the Colorado Rockies.

Los Angeles (30-15) is 20-8 against the West for the most division wins in baseball, including 5-1 versus last-place Colorado (18-25). No other team in the West is above .500 in division play.

The Dodgers have hit .336 against the Rockies this season, with James Loney going 9 for 22 (.409) with five runs and four RBIs while Andre Ethier has gone 10 for 26 (.385) with 11 RBIs.

Ethier was out of the lineup for Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Angels after hurting his big toe on his right foot the previous night, but he struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and may be back starting Monday.

The Dodgers are beginning a seven-game road trip after losing two of three at home to the Angels. They blew an early 4-0 lead in Sunday's loss.

Casey Blake had three hits to continue his hot stretch. Blake is 19 for 40 (.475) with four homers and 11 RBIs in his last 11 games.

The Rockies, meanwhile, salvaged a split of a 10-game road trip by winning two straight at Detroit over the weekend. Todd Helton drove in two runs in a 3-1 victory Sunday.

"We're looking for traction right now, and this is the type of win that can help," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've had some tough sledding lately, but we've got an alpha dog doing the pulling in Todd Helton."

Helton is 8 for 18 with nine RBIs over his last nine games. The veteran first baseman, however, has just four hits in 17 at-bats this year against the Dodgers.

He has two hits in seven career at-bats versus Eric Stults (4-1, 3.82 ERA), who returns to the rotation for Los Angeles as he looks to win a third straight decision. He was scratched Wednesday with a sprained left thumb, forcing him to use a brace.

"It was the doctor's idea to brace it because it might heal faster by not using it at all," Stults told the Dodgers' official Web site.

The left-hander is 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA in his last three outings. He missed a chance to win his third start in a row May 15 by allowing three runs over five innings in a 6-4 win at Florida.

Stults is 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in seven career appearances against the Rockies, including three starts.

Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa (0-4, 4.27) makes his ninth start of the year seeking his first win since Sept. 25. His last outing was his worst as he allowed a season-high seven runs over a season-low 3 2-3 innings Wednesday in a 12-4 loss at Atlanta.

"I was wild," said De La Rosa, who issued five walks. "It was one of those games when I had control problems. I had nothing."

De La Rosa has nothing positive to show for his career versus the Dodgers, going 0-4 with a 6.49 ERA in eight appearances, including four starts. He pitched well against them April 17, yielding five hits over 5 1-3 scoreless innings in a 4-3 loss.

The left-hander has had trouble against Loney and Matt Kemp, who have combined to go 10 for 20 against him with two homers and nine RBIs - seven by Loney.






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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 7 0 0 8 0 1 16 19 1
    COLORADO 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 0 0 6 8 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LOS - ERIC STULTS, JEFF WEAVER (5TH), WILL OHMAN (6TH), RONALD
    BELISARIO (7TH), GUILLERMO MOTA (9TH) AND RUSSELL MARTIN
    COL - JORGE DE LA ROSA, JOEL PERALTA (4TH),

    May 25 7:48 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MATT KEMP SCORED RUSSELL MARTIN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M KEMP ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 16
    COLORADO 6 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.293, 3-FOR-4, BB)

    Dodgers 16, Rockies 6  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 25 7:40 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MATT KEMP SCORED CASEY BLAKE.
    SITUATION: 8 RUNS IN, M KEMP ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 15
    COLORADO 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.295, 3-FOR-3, BB)

    Dodgers 15, Rockies 6  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 25 6:58 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CASEY BLAKE SCORED ORLANDO HUDSON.
    SITUATION: 7 RUNS IN, C BLAKE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 14
    COLORADO 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: M KEMP (.290, 1-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Dodgers 14, Rockies 6  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 25 6:56 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ORLANDO HUDSON SCORED JUAN PIERRE AND RUSSELL
    MARTIN.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, O HUDSON ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 13
    COLORADO 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: C BLAKE (.303, 1-FOR-4)

    Dodgers 13, Rockies 6  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 25 6:55 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RUSSELL MARTIN SCORED JUAN CASTRO.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, R MARTIN ON FIRST, J PIERRE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 11
    COLORADO 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: O HUDSON (.342, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Dodgers 11, Rockies 6  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 25 6:53 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUAN CASTRO SCORED JAMES LONEY AND JAMIE
    HOFFMANN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J CASTRO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 10
    COLORADO 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: W OHMAN (.500, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Dodgers 10, Rockies 6  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 25 6:44 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JAMIE HOFFMANN SCORED MATT KEMP.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HOFFMANN ON SECOND, J LONEY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 8
    COLORADO 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J CASTRO (.379, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Dodgers 8, Rockies 6  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 25 6:44 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY TROY TULOWITZKI SCORED MATT MURTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D FOWLER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 7
    COLORADO 6 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: I STEWART (.190, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Dodgers 7, Rockies 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 25 6:22 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARRETT ATKINS SCORED BRAD HAWPE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, G ATKINS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 7
    COLORADO 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: C BARMES (.242, 1-FOR-1, BB, RBI)

    Dodgers 7, Rockies 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 25 6:03 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRAD HAWPE SCORED TROY TULOWITZKI AND IAN
    STEWART.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B HAWPE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 7
    COLORADO 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.188, 0-FOR-2)

    Dodgers 7, Rockies 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 25 6:01 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY RYAN SPILBORGHS SCORED DEXTER FOWLER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I STEWART ON SECOND, T TULOWITZKI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 7
    COLORADO 2 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: B HAWPE (.331, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Dodgers 7, Rockies 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 25 5:57 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CLINT BARMES SCORED BRAD HAWPE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C BARMES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 7
    COLORADO 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: Y TORREALBA (.227, 0-FOR-1)

    Dodgers 7, Rockies 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 25 5:27 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RUSSELL MARTIN SCORED JUAN PIERRE.
    SITUATION: 7 RUNS IN, R MARTIN ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 7
    COLORADO 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: O HUDSON (.346, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Dodgers 7, Rockies 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 25 5:16 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY JUAN PIERRE SCORED JAMES LONEY, JUAN CASTRO AND
    ERIC STULTS.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, J PIERRE ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 6
    COLORADO 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R MARTIN (.257, 0-FOR-2)

    Dodgers 6, Rockies 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 25 5:13 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUAN CASTRO SCORED MATT KEMP.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J CASTRO ON FIRST, J LONEY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 3
    COLORADO 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: E STULTS (.083, 0-FOR-1)

    Dodgers 3, Rockies 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 25 5:00 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JAMIE HOFFMANN SCORED CASEY BLAKE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J LONEY ON FIRST, M KEMP ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 2
    COLORADO 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J CASTRO (.333, 0-FOR-1)

    Dodgers 2, Rockies 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 25 4:58 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MATT KEMP SCORED ORLANDO HUDSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M KEMP ON FIRST, C BLAKE ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA DODGERS 1
    COLORADO 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.287, 1-FOR-1)

    Dodgers 1, Rockies 0  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 25 4:54 PM