Rockies 6, Dodgers 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Colorado Rockies spoiled the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener, and a couple of injuries made the day that much worse.

Jeff Francis allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings, Garrett Atkins homered and drove in his first three runs of the season, and the Rockies beat Los Angeles 6-3 Monday to snap the Dodgers' four-game winning streak.

Jason Schmidt (1-1), making his second start for the Dodgers after signing a three-year, $47 million contract in December, left in the fifth with tightness in his right hamstring. A team spokesman said he is day to day.

Right fielder Matt Kemp came out in the fourth with a sore right shoulder after banging into the auxiliary scoreboard trying to catch Jeff Baker's RBI triple. There was no immediate word on the severity of his injury.

Francis (1-0) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked three. Ramon Ramirez relieved after Juan Pierre's two-out double in the seventh, and struck out Russell Martin to end the inning.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the ninth against Brian Fuentes, who got pinch-hitter Mike Lieberthal to pop out before allowing a sacrifice fly to Pierre. Martin then flew out to center for the final out.

Kaz Matsui opened the fifth by hitting a grounder to first baseman Nomar Garciaparra, who juggled the ball and threw late to Schmidt covering first. Schmidt grabbed at his hamstring after taking the throw.

Schmidt, who earlier hit his seventh career homer, walked off the field after a brief delay and was relieved by Mark Hendrickson. Schmidt allowed four runs - three earned - and seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

Atkins, who hit 29 homers and drove in 120 runs last season, hit a 1-0 pitch into the left field bullpen with two outs in the first to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers tied it in the third when Schmidt homered - the first for a Los Angeles pitcher since Kaz Ishii hit one on July 31, 2004.

The Rockies scored two runs in the fourth on Baker's triple and a run-scoring infield hit by Troy Tulowitzki. Kemp had the ball in his glove, but it was jarred loose when he hit the scoreboard.

Ramon Martinez hit a two-out RBI double off left fielder Matt Holliday's glove in the bottom half to cut it to 3-2.

After reaching base on Garciaparra's error in the fifth, Matsui stole second, took third on catcher Martin's throwing error and scored on Atkins' sacrifice fly.

The Rockies made it 5-2 in the eighth when Chris Iannetta hit a sacrifice fly off Rudy Seanez, and Atkins hit another sacrifice fly in the ninth off Joe Beimel.

Notes: The game was played before an announced crowd of 56,000, equaling the largest in Dodger Stadium history. ... Former Dodgers 2B Steve Sax threw out the ceremonial first pitch in recognition of the 25th anniversary of his NL Rookie of the Year season in 1982. ... Rockies 1B Todd Helton wasn't in the lineup for the first time this season. Manager Clint Hurdle said a list of days off for Helton was drawn up during the offseason. He was replaced by Baker, who had three hits. Helton was used as a pinch hitter in the eighth and grounded out. ... Dodgers 2B Jeff Kent singled in the first, giving him a seven-game hitting streak this season and a 12-game streak dating to last year. ... The Rockies were 18-45 at Dodger Stadium the past seven years including 2-8 last season.


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