Grand Slam By Blake Caps Rally, Dodgers Win 6-2

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Casey Blake's grand slam off Matt Belisle in the eighth inning gave the Dodgers a 6-2 victory over the Rockies in the opener of a three-game series between the National League West foes.

The grand slam was part of a five-run frame that handed Ubaldo Jimenez (17-5) his third straight losing decision.

Los Angeles' top three hitters -- Scott Podsednik, Ryan Theriot and Andre Ethier -- each had two hits and, as did Blake in the club's fourth straight win.

Jonathan Broxton (5-4) pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win behind Clayton Kershaw, who allowed a run on five hits and two walks while fanning six in as many innings.

Jimenez, looking for a franchise-record 18th win of the season, was charged with three runs on nine hits and three walks in seven-plus innings for the Rockies, who had their four-game win streak snapped.

Colorado relievers pitched 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 12-10 comeback victory over Atlanta, and as a result, manager Jim Tracy opted to extend Jimenez's outing despite the ace throwing 114 pitches heading into the eighth with a 1-0 lead.

Podsednik opened the frame with a single, then swiped second. Theriot worked a walk, and Ethier followed with a two-base gapper to right, tying the game.

Belisle was called in to fan the flames and got Matt Kemp to hit a harmless grounder to short for the first out. James Loney was given a free pass to load the bases in front of Blake, who launched a payoff pitch into the seats in center for his fifth career grand slam and first with LA.

Melvin Mora made it a 5-2 game with an RBI single off Broxton in the bottom half, but the visitors got the run back in the ninth when Kemp's single scored Theriot. Hong-Chih Kuo, who recorded the final out in the eighth, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the win and his sixth save.

Todd Helton's two-out, opposite-field homer in the second accounted for the only run in the first seven frames.

The Dodgers have reportedly placed starting pitcher Ted Lilly and outfielder Manny Ramirez on waivers. The White Sox have apparently been awarded a waiver claim on the latter and have until Tuesday to complete a deal for the slugger...Jimenez took his first loss in 12 home starts this season...Kershaw has allowed just three earned runs in 26 innings against the Rockies this year...Belisle had not allowed an earned run in his 14 previous apperances.

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