Aaron Miles, filling in for Gonzalez at second base, drove in
the first Colorado run, scored the second, and made a terrific
fielding play in the ninth to spark the Rockies to a 2-1 victory
over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
The win was just the fourth in 12 games for the Rockies, whose
15-43 road record is the worst in the majors.
They have won five of their last eight road games.
"He's a kid from California, his mother and father are in town,
those are the things you feed off," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle
said regarding Miles, whose parents live in San Francisco.
The Dodgers, who fell six games behind first-place San Diego in
the NL West, learned before the game that outfielder Milton Bradley
will likely need season-ending surgery on his left knee.
The news came a day after Bradley accused teammate Jeff Kent of
not being able to deal with African-Americans.
General manager Paul DePodesta said Bradley had an 80 percent
tear of the patella tendon and issues with his left anterior
cruciate ligament as well. Bradley was injured when he hit first
base awkwardly in the first inning of a 5-2 loss Monday at Florida.
The Dodgers have had one injury after another this season, with
Kent one of the few players to stay healthy.
"I think we're used to it," Kent said. "So many bad things
have happened for us, but we haven't used that excuse this season.
We just need to find some breaks down the stretch.
"You need to keep your head up and keep pushing. If you're not
willing to do that, then don't bother showing up."
Said Dodgers outfielder Jayson Werth: "It's the same stuff
we've been through all year. I mean, why would we assume that it
was going to get better as the year's gone on here? There's been no
indication of that. It's just been one thing after another, as far
as injuries go."
The game was scoreless when pinch hitter Cory Sullivan and Miles
hit back-to-back doubles with one out in the eighth off Steve
Schmoll (4-3). Matt Holliday hit a two-out double off Yhency
Brazoban to drive in Miles with what proved to be the winning run.
"That's what our season's come down to now is being spoilers,"
Miles said. "It's great to come in here and get a win. Luckily in
the eighth, we got the big pinch hit from Sullivan, I put a good
swing on the ball and Matty came through."
Gonzalez sustained a bruised right index finger when hit by a
pitch Tuesday night and sat out the game. He will be re-examined
"He did OK, he's the man tonight," Gonzalez said of Miles.
The Dodgers scored their run off Mike DeJean in the bottom of
the inning on a two-out, RBI single by Olmedo Saenz. Werth followed
with a single before DeJean struck out Dioner Navarro to end the
Brian Fuentes, the fourth Colorado pitcher, worked the ninth for
his 22nd save in 25 chances. Antonio Perez hit a one-out single
before Miles dove to field Robles' grounder up the middle and
managed to get the ball to shortstop Omar Quintanilla for a force
play. Fuentes threw a called third strike past Hee-Seop Choi to end
Kim and Dodgers rookie D.J. Houlton pitched shutout ball before
the Rockies broke through in the eighth.
Houlton was lifted for a pinch hitter after allowing three hits
in seven innings while walking one and striking out seven. He is
0-6 in his last eight starts, but the Dodgers have scored a total
of four runs in his last five outings.
Kim gave up three hits in 6 2-3 innings while walking five and
striking out five.
There had been only one hit in the game, a first-inning single
by Colorado's Todd Helton, before Jose Cruz Jr. doubled with one
out in the Los Angeles fifth to put runners at second and third.
But Houlton struck out and Robles flied to right. After Helton's two-out single in the first, Houlton retired 15
straight batters before Miles singled with two out in the sixth.
Garrett Atkins struck out to end the inning.
Dodgers SS Cesar Izturis missed his second game due to
lower back soreness. ... If the Rockies win Thursday night, it will
give them their first series victory at Dodger Stadium since Aug.
28-30, 2001. ... Dodgers OF J.D. Drew, who broke his left wrist
when hit by a pitch thrown by Arizona's Brad Halsey on July 3, said
he hopes to return to action sometime next month. "I would hope,
perfect world, a couple weeks away," he said. ... The Rockies have
won just eight of their last 33 games at Dodger Stadium.
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