DENVER, CO - AUGUST 19: Manager Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers congratulates Justin Sellers #12 after he scored during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Dodgers Offense Comes Alive In Win Over Rockies At Coors Field

The Dodgers are 7-6 against the Rockies this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Home Runs By Rod Barajas, Tony Gwynn Lead L.A. To 8-2 Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers jumped on starting pitcher Jason Hammel early and often, beating the Colorado Rockies 8-2 at Coors Field on Friday night. Rod Barajas hit a three-run home run in the third inning, and Tony Gwynn Jr. delivered a solo home run in the fourth as the Dodgers built early leads of 6-0 and 7-1. Hiroki Kuroda pitched six innings for his second straight win.

Kuroda won while allowing any runs for the first time since April 24. Kuroda on the season has a 2.88 ERA with nice peripherals, yet even with the win Kuroda's record stands at just 9-14. Kuroda allowed two runs, while striking out five.

It was the second home run in as many games for Barajas, who is second on the Dodgers with 12 home runs. Barajas left the game after grounding out the top of the sixth inning, diagnosed with a mild right groin strain. Barajas and Gwynn each have two home runs through the first half of the club's 10-game road trip, while no other Dodgers have gone deep.

Hammel allowed six runs for the loss, and has been hammered by the Dodgers this season. In four starts, Hammel has allowed 20 runs in 17 2/3 innings, with 11 walks and seven strikeouts.

Matt Kemp struck out three times for the second straight game, including on a check swing in the ninth inning. Kemp was ejected by first base umpire Ted Barrett for arguing the check swing call, specifically yelling from the dugout.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Starting Lineups: Andre Ethier Sits

Hiroki Kuroda and the Los Angeles Dodgers look for a win Friday night at Coors Field in Denver, facing Jason Hammel of the Colorado Rockies. Kuroda is in need of run support, as he has had a bizarre season at 8-14 with a 2.88 ERA, but he won't have Andre Ethier, who is not in Friday's lineup. Kuroda has made seven starts without allowing a run, but in his other 17 starts he is 2-14 with a 4.32 ERA.

Kuroda is 0-5 in nine career starts against the Rockies, including allowing five earned runs in all three of his starts in Colorado. The Dodgers have beaten Jason Hammel in two of three meetings already this season. Here are Friday's starting lineups:

Dodgers (56-67)

Gwynn LF
Sellers SS
Miles 3B
Kemp CF
Rivera RF
Loney 1B
Barajas C
Carroll 2B
Kuroda P

Rockies (58-67)

Fowler CF
Nelson 3B
Gonzalez RF
Tulowitzki SS
Helton 1B
Smith LF
Alfonzo C
Ellis 2B
Hammel P

Friday's 5:40 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers, Rockies Both A Far Cry From 2009

The Dodgers and Rockies have split 12 games this season, with each team winning four of six games at home.

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