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Dodgers hang on against Rockies, 8-5

Andre Ethier hits a two-run home run and reliever Javy Guerra gets the last two outs with the bases loaded to shut down a Colorado rally.

July 25, 2011|By Baxter Holmes

Every Dodgers victory this season acts as a Novocaine shot for their suffering fans.

It lets what few who show up at Dodger Stadium these days depart into angered gridlock with their woes — fourth place, bankruptcy, the divorce — on hold, if for only a night.

The Dodgers have numbed those fans more lately, doling out three straight pain-relieving doses with Monday's 8-5 win against Colorado in front of 28,860.

It's the most runs the Dodgers have scored since the team filed for bankruptcy June 27, the same day they beat Minnesota, 15-0.

Yet, the home crowd that saw it was the fourth smallest this season, and many didn't stick around to savor the win.

It was the Dodgers' third straight win, eighth in their last 13 games and their seventh in their last eight games at home.

Then again, their loss column is still Mt. Everest as compared to the win column, so 13 games back of San Francisco for first place in the National League West is where they sit.

Base camp, if you will.

Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa (4-4), all of 22 years old, gave the Dodgers six solid innings, giving up only three hits and one run. He struck out five and walked four.

His outing extended a string of stingy outings by Dodgers starters and let him live up to the praise Manager Don Mattingly threw his way before the game when asked about the Dominican Republic native's potential.

"I don't want to put him in [ Clayton] Kershaw's category of being that kind of guy, but he has a chance to be that kind of guy," Mattingly said.

Run support helps, and after the Rockies scored first on a single by Dexter Fowler in the second inning, De La Rosa got plenty.

The Dodgers began with three runs in the third inning.

Shortstop Rafeal Furcal reached on a double and scored on a double by Aaron Miles.

Then right fielder Andre Ethier hit his 10th home run, to right-center field on a first-pitch fastball from 24-year-old rookie Juan Nicasio.

Nicasio (4-3) gave up two runs in the sixth inning before being pulled. He gave up five runs and six hits in 52/3 innings.

Ethier was two for three with three runs batted in and Miles drove in two runs after driving in two in the Dodgers' 3-1 win Sunday against Washington.

The Dodgers tagged on three runs in the eighth, but it wasn't over.

In the ninth, they gave up four runs and the bases were loaded with one out when rookie reliever Javy Guerra came in to face shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the potential go-ahead run.

Guerra got Tulowitzki to pop out, and to seal the victory, he retired right-fielder Seth Smith on a groundout.

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