Dodgers Finish Sweep Of Rockies At Coors Field

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Grand Slam By Matt Kemp Helps Dodgers Sweep Rockies, 7-6

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Matt Kemp's grand slam highlighted a five-run third inning that carried Los Angeles to a 7-6 win over Colorado to complete a three-game sweep at Coors Field.

James Loney went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two driven in, while Chin-Lung Hu doubled, scored and added an RBI for the Dodgers, who completed their road schedule at 35-46.

Ramon Troncoso (2-3) earned the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, while Ronald Belisario allowed a run in the ninth but earned his second save of the season for Los Angeles, which claimed the season series, 11-7.

Jhoulys Chacin (9-11) was saddled with the loss after allowing seven runs -- two earned -- on only four hits while walking three and striking out seven for the Rockies, who finished their home ledger with a 52-29 mark.

Troy Tulowitzki went 4-for-4 with a walk and four runs scored, while Ryan Spilborghs had three hits and drove in a pair of runs in defeat.

The Rockies entered the bottom of the ninth down by a pair and a walk to Tulowitzki and singles by Todd Helton and Spilborghs loaded the bases against Belisario with one out.

Pinch-hitter Seth Smith grounded out to second to drive in Tulowitzki to make it a 7-6 game and advance the other two runners. Miguel Olivo then lined out to end the rally and the game.

Colorado scored first in the second inning when Tulowitzki tripled on a ball that center fielder Kemp lost in the sun and came plateward on Helton's sacrifice fly.

The Dodgers took advantage of an error to score five times with two outs in the third to take the lead.

With two runners on and two out, Ian Stewart misplayed a Ryan Theriot ground ball that loaded the bases. Loney then walked to force in the first run before Kemp unloaded a grand slam the other way to right field.

Olivo's leadoff long ball in the home half sliced the lead to 5-2 but the Dodgers got the run right back in the fourth on a Hu sac fly.

The Rockies loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the frame and scored a run on Stewart's ground out to first.

LA came right back with another run in the fifth on a single by Loney that chased home Trent Oeltjen, who had been hit by a pitch to start the frame.

Dodgers starter Carlos Monasterios was lifted with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth and replaced by Troncoso, who gave up a two-run base hit to Spilborghs that trimmed the lead to 7-5.

The right-hander then struck out Stewart to end the inning and retired the side in order in the sixth.

Colorado loaded the bases again in the seventh with two outs against George Sherrill, who gave way to Jeff Weaver, who got pinch-hitter Melvin Mora to fly out to end the threat.

The Rockies drew 33,296 Wednesday to reach a season attendance total of 2,875,245, their largest since 2001...Colorado announced that Jeff Francis will not make his scheduled start on Sunday because of lingering shoulder soreness...Esmil Rogers will make the start instead...Chacin established a Rockies' rookie record with 138 strikeouts, besting the old mark of 135 set by Shawn Chacon in 2001...Colorado has dropped four straight and nine out of 11. The Rockies are 9-7 in regular season finales at Coors Field and 10-8 overall in their last home game...The Dodgers are 37-31 in division games...LA went 34-19 against the Rockies under manager Joe Torre, including a 17-9 mark at Coors Field...Loney has knocked in 59 runs against Colorado since 2006, the second most by any player against them behind San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez, who had driven in 69...Kemp played in his 200th straight game, the longest active streak in the big leagues.


On Second Thought, Clayton Kershaw's Season Isn't Over

One night after Clayton Kershaw's season was declared over by the Dodgers, as he was scratched from his start today after the Rockies were eliminated last night, it turns out he will pitch again after all. Kershaw will start Friday night at home to start the final series of the season.

Kershaw, who already has reached career highs in starts and innings pitched this season, also has 497 strikeouts in his career. Per Dillon Tung of STATS LLC, Kershaw is poised to become the sixth-youngest pitcher in MLB history with 500 strikeouts, joining Dwight Gooden, Bert Blyleven, Gary Nolan, Felix Hernandez, and Catfish Hunter.

As a result of the change, Chad Billingsley will start Saturday and Ted Lilly will start Sunday. Hiroki Kuroda, who was slated to start Sunday and is 3 2/3 innings short of 200 for the season, will not pitch, per the Dodgers:

#Torre wanted to see if 200 innings was an important goal for Kuroda and Hiroki said it wasn't, hence the change in rotation.

Kuroda is 11-13 with a 3.39 ERA in 196 1/3 innings this season.


Today's Dodgers-Rockies Lineups

Here are the lineups for the Dodgers' final road game of the season:

Oeltjen LF
Theriot 2B
Loney 1B
Kemp CF
Mitchell 3B
Johnson RF
Ellis C
Monasterios P

Fowler CF
Herrera 2B
CarGo LF
Tulo SS
Helton 1B
Spillborghs RF
Stewart 3B
Olivo C
Chacin P


Dodgers End Road Schedule With Afternoon Tilt In Denver

(Sports Network) - With the playoffs no longer a possibility, the Colorado Rockies could use the season's final five games to further evaluate their collection of young talent. One of those promising prospects will take the mound in this afternoon's finale of a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers from Coors Field.

Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin has already done a good job establishing himself as a big leaguer, as the 22-year-old has amassed a 4-1 record and a sensational 1.20 ERA over his past seven assignments. The lone loss during that stretch occurred on Friday against NL West-leading San Francisco, though he did pitch well again that night.

Chacin shut the Giants out over the game's first six innings before giving up a two-run homer to Pat Burrell in the seventh that resulted in a 2-1 Rockies' setback. He permitted just three hits against San Francisco and fanned eight, bringing his season total to 131 strikeouts in 132 1/3 innings pitched.

The native Venezuelan dominated Los Angeles in his previous start, a September 18 victory at Dodger Stadium in which he scattered nine hits through eight shutout innings. Chacin also topped LA in Coors Field back on August 28 after allowing just one run and four hits while striking out seven in seven frames.

He's faced the Dodgers six times -- five as a starter -- over his brief major- league tenure and is 3-2 with a 2.73 ERA in those games.

Chacin will be attempting to enable the Rockies to avert a sweep at the hands of Los Angeles, as the Dodgers backed up Monday's 3-1 triumph with a wild 9-7 win last night. Rafael Furcal broke a tie game in the top of the eighth inning with his second RBI triple of the game, while the Dodgers belted four home runs while pounding out 14 hits.

Casey Blake had a pair of solo homers and Matt Kemp drilled a two-run shot during a big third inning in which the Dodgers scored five times. James Loney added a solo blast later on for Los Angeles, which prevailed despite wasting a 6-2 lead after 6 1/2 innings.

The Rockies used a power surge of their own to storm back, with Todd Helton and Dexter Fowler each swatting two-run homers in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 6-6. Fowler finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored on the night, while Helton and Carlos Gonzalez each collected two hits and knocked in a pair of runs.

Blake's second homer of the game gave Los Angeles a 9-7 edge heading into the bottom of the ninth, when rookie Kenley Jansen retired three straight Colorado hitters after surrendering a leadoff single to pick up his third save of the year.

"He made sure the first guy got a hit in the ninth, so he could go through the three and four hitters, which I thought was good for him and not good for us," said Dodgers manager Joe Torre of Jansen. "But he did a hell of a job."

The loss was the Rockies' third in a row and eighth in nine games, and officially eliminated them from postseason consideration.

"There are teams out there that know at midseason they're not going to be in the playoffs," said outfielder Seth Smith. "But this team's different. We've got a great group of guys that we could go far in the playoffs with. So it's very disappointing we're not going to be in the postseason."

Los Angeles had initially slated to hand the ball to Clayton Kershaw tonight, but has since decided to shut down the talented hurler for the remainder of the season with the team out of contention. Swingman Carlos Monasterios will instead pitch in his place.

Monasterios has made 12 starts for the Dodgers during his rookie campaign, but has spent the past month pitching out of the bullpen. In 31 appearances for the year, the Rule 5 draft pick is 3-5 with a 4.09 ERA.

The 24-year-old right-hander started against the Rockies at Coors Field on May 28 and was able to come away with a victory after yielding four runs -- two earned -- in five innings. Monasterios has also faced Colorado twice in relief this season.

Los Angeles has won 10 of 17 overall meetings with the Rockies this season, including five of eight tilts held in Denver.

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