Ted Lilly Pitches Another Gem, Shuts Out Rockies

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Lilly's Arm, Johnson's Bat Leads Dodgers Over Rockies 2-0

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Ted Lilly’s two-hit shutout and Reed Johnson’s two-run homer lifted the Dodgers over the Rockies, 2-0, in the rubber match of their three-game series.

Lilly (7-8) struck out 11 and walked a pair en route to his third career shutout and first since 2004. The veteran lefty has been a revelation since coming over in a trade with the Cubs, winning each of his four starts with Los Angeles while pitching to a 1.29 earned run average.

LA has won 10 straight series against the Rockies and has shut them out in three of their last four games at Chavez Ravine. Colorado has alternated wins and losses in each of its 16 games in August.

Jorge De La Rosa (4-4) was the hard-luck loser, yielding five hits and four walks over a seven-inning start, his lone error being a hanging changeup in the second inning that Johnson drove into the left-field bleachers.

That homer, which was a two-run shot thanks to Casey Blake working a walk ahead of the blast, was all Lilly needed, as his lone blemish in the first seven frames was Dexter Fowler’s one-out double in the opening frame.

Lilly set down 19 straight from there, shook off Troy Tulowitzki’s two-out single in the seventh and retired three in a row after walking Todd Helton to open the eighth.

Facing the top of Colorado’s order in the ninth, Lilly walked Eric Young Jr. before getting Fowler to bounce into a tailor-made 4-6-3 double play.

Fittingly, the 34-year-old froze Ryan Spilborghs on an 0-2 sinker to finish off his masterpiece.

Lilly, who needed 110 pitches to notch his fifth career complete game, had three wins in 18 starts with Chicago this year. His last shutout came on August 23, 2004 against Boston while he was pitching for Toronto…Johnson’s homer was his first since June 19, 2009…Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo was ejected by home-plate umpire Laz Diaz in the eighth inning after he slammed his bat following a called third strike…Ryan Theriot had two of LA’s five hits…Before the game, Colorado released outfielder Brad Hawpe, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the club…LA also made a roster move, placing pitcher Vicente Padilla on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury.

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On Second Thought, Padilla Not Placed On Disabled List Yet

After announcing earlier that Vicente Padilla would be placed on the disabled list, the Dodgers have now said no move will be made today, per David Young of True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Place Vicente Padilla On DL With Bulging Disk In Neck; Monasterios To Start Friday

Vicente Padilla has been placed on the disabled list with a bulging disk in his neck, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

Padilla, who signed a one-year contract last winter, is 6-4 with a 3.96 ERA in 15 starts for the Dodgers this season, with a career-high strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.43. He missed nearly two months earlier this season with an irritated radial nerve in his right arm. Since returning from the disabled list in mid-June, Padilla was 5-3 with a 3.12 in 11 starts.

Manager Joe Torre said Carlos Monasterios would move from the bullpen to the starting rotation tomorrow night against Cincinnati to take Padilla’s spot. Monasterios, a Rule 5 pick last December, is 3-3 with a 3.72 ERA in 67 2/3 innings this season. He has pitched out of the bullpen, and has also made eight starts. He is 2-3 with a 4.91 ERA as a starter this season.

Travis Schlichting was recalled from Triple A Albuquerque to join the Dodger bullpen and take Padilla's spot on the active roster.

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Tonight's Dodgers-Rockies Lineups

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Rockies
Young LF
Fowler CF
Spilborghs RF
Tulowitzki SS
Mora 3B
Helton 1B
Olivo C
Barmes 2B
De La Rosa P

Dodgers
Podsednik CF
Theriot 2B
Ethier RF
Loney 1B
Blake 3B
Gibbons LF
Carroll SS
Ellis C
Kuroda P

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Ted Lilly In Search Of Fourth Straight Win As Dodgers Finish Series With Rockies

(Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies still have playoff aspirations, but right now the club would settle for a long-overdue series win over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Rockies will try to accomplish that feat in tonight's rubber match of a three-game series between the National League West foes from Dodger Stadium, where Los Angeles will send the red-hot Ted Lilly to the mound.

Colorado has lost nine consecutive series to Los Angeles since taking two of three bouts at Dodger Stadium from August 19-21, 2008. The Rockies are an unwanted 8-21 against their fellow division member over that span and have been dealt defeats in 11 of their last 15 visits to Chavez Ravine.

The Rockies were blanked by a 6-0 count in Tuesday's opener of this set, but rebounded for a hard-earned extra-inning decision last night to even things up. Colorado came through with a 3-2 triumph, with Melvin Mora scoring the eventual winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the 10th.

Mora drew a walk against Octavio Dotel (2-3) with one out in the 10th and stole second before taking third on a wild pitch from the Los Angeles reliever. With Jason Giambi at the plate two batters later, Dotel uncorked another throw that eluded catcher A.J. Ellis and allowed Mora to score.

The Dodgers threatened against Colorado closer Huston Street in the bottom of the inning, but Reed Johnson was gunned down at the plate for the game's final out while attempting to score on Scott Podsednik's single.

"We really had to grind tonight," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy afterward. "There wasn't a lot going on offensively. We took advantage of a couple of walks and wild pitches to scratch out a run. It was a great game to win."

Miguel Olivo knocked in a pair of runs on the night for Colorado, which presently trails Philadelphia by six games for the lead in the NL Wild Card standings. Starting pitcher Jason Hammel allowed two runs and just four hits in a six-inning no-decision.

Hiroki Kuroda also pitched well for Los Angeles despite not factoring in the final outcome, with the Japanese native holding the Rockies to two runs and striking out seven batters over the first seven innings.

For Colorado to finally break through and take a series from the Dodgers, the team will have to solve the resurgent Lilly, who's been outstanding since coming over in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on July 31. The veteran lefty has won all three starts following the swap and yielded a total of four runs and just 10 hits over 19 innings during that impressive stretch.

Lilly extended his terrific run by firing six shutout innings to best NL East leader Atlanta this past Saturday at Turner Field. He's now 3-0 with an excellent 1.85 earned run average in six starts with the Dodgers and Cubs since the All-Star break.

The 34-year-old has also had success when facing the Rockies over his career, having amassed a 3-1 record with a 5.40 ERA through five all-time meetings with Colorado. In his lone encounter with Colorado last season, Lilly gave up only a single hit and struck out eight over 6 2/3 frames while still with Chicago.

Jorge De La Rosa gets the call for Colorado tonight and will be hoping to end his career struggles against the Dodgers. The left-hander is 0-5 with a 6.58 ERA over 11 overall appearances (seven starts) versus LA, although he does sport a strong 1.86 ERA in six lifetime outings (three starts) at Dodger Stadium.

The 2009 16-game winner enters tonight's clash off back-to-back no-decisions against Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. In Friday's start against the Brewers, De La Rosa allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings.

De La Rosa is 4-3 with a 4.99 ERA in 11 starts during an injury-plagued 2010 campaign, with the 29-year-old having missed more than two months with a torn tendon in his left finger.

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