DENVER (AP) -- Matt Holliday was struggling at the plate and in
need of a calming influence. Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle
"He told me to just relax and play the actual game," the
24-year-old outfielder said. "That it is baseball where the
stadiums are bigger, but it's still the same game."
Holliday hit his first major league homer and drove in three
runs, leading Shawn Estes and the Rockies over the Los Angeles
Dodgers 7-1 Thursday in a game called after six innings because of
Holliday, promoted on April 14 when Preston Wilson went on the
disabled list, also doubled. He is 8-for-12 after an 0-for-7 start
following his call-up.
"The fact that Matt is definitely a little more comfortable
with each passing day," Hurdle said. "He's finding the barrel of
the bat with regularity."
Vinny Castilla went 3-for-3 with a home run.
Estes (3-1) allowed only two hits. The Rockies won two of three
at Coors Field, the first series the Dodgers have lost this season.
Jose Lima (2-1) was tagged for seven runs and six hits in three
"I couldn't get loose and I couldn't keep the ball down," Lima
said. "It was miserable out there, but then, it didn't seem to
Many of the Dodgers were upset the game was called when it was.
"You play or you don't play," Los Angeles catcher Paul Lo Duca
said. "It was bad out there the whole game and it never stopped so
why stop the game?"
The Rockies scored four times in the second inning. Castilla
began with his sixth homer and after Jeromy Burnitz walked and
Charles Johnson reached on third baseman Adrian Beltre's error,
Holliday hit an RBI double.
"It was tough to play," Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said.
Holliday hit a two-run homer in the third to make it 7-0.
Castilla singled and scored on Johnson's groundout.
"Actually it was a changeup, a 3-1 changeup," Holliday said.
"He threw me a lot of changeups and I stayed on it pretty good."
Estes didn't allow a hit until Lo Duca led off the fourth with a
single, moved up on a grounder and scored on Beltre's bloop single
"I love pitching in that type of weather because I'm the one
out there moving around staying warm," Estes said. "I played the
first six or seven years of my career in cold weather and it's not
an ideal situation for hitters."
The start of the game was delayed 70 minutes because of
rain. The game was called after a 31-minute delay. ... Dodgers SS
Cesar Izturis was out of the lineup with flu-like symptoms. ...
Colorado is 37-46 at home against the Dodgers, one of four teams
the Rockies have a losing record against at home. ... The game drew
a franchise-low 19,667. ... Rockies SS Royce Clayton committed his
first error of the year.
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