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Dodgers 4, Rockies 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ramon Martinez hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning and finished with three RBIs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Todd Helton gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead in the eighth with a two-run homer deep into the right-field pavilion against reliever Scott Proctor (2-0). The homer was Helton's 12th of the season and No. 298 for his career.

But the Rockies bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Jorge Julio (0-4) gave up a one-out walk to Andre Ethier and a single to Russell Martin in the eighth before Jeremy Affeldt walked pinch-hitter Jeff Kent. Martinez then lined a 2-1 pitch to center to drive in Ethier and Martin.

Takashi Saito pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the side for his 33rd save in 36 attempts.

Dodgers starter Brad Penny, going on three days' rest between starts for the first time in his eight-year career, threw 111 pitches over five innings. He allowed a run and two hits, struck out five and walked three. The two-time All-Star, who came in 12-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 18 previous career starts against the Rockies, decided to come back on

Penny walked the leadoff batter in three of the first four innings, and Colorado pushed across a run in the fourth after loading the bases with none out. Matt Holliday scored on a sacrifice fly by Brad Hawpe, who was robbed of a bloop single on a diving catch by center fielder Juan Pierre.

Troy Tulowitzki followed with an infield single up the middle, but shortstop Rafael Furcal noticed Helton rounding third and made a snap throw to Shea Hillenbrand before Helton could get back to the bag. Yorvit Torrealba then looked at a third strike, enabling Penny to get out of the inning with a 2-1 lead.

Matt Kemp opened the scoring in the first with a sacrifice fly. Martinez made it 2-0 in the second with an RBI single through the right side as Helton, a three-time Gold Glove first baseman, went far in the hole on a ball that would have been fielded cleanly by second baseman Kaz Matsui had Helton not screened him in an attempt to cut it off.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle had planned on having his team take batting practice before a day game for only the second time this season. But that idea was scrapped after Saturday night's 14-inning victory -- a game that ended at 12:16 a.m. local time. Most of the players returned to the ballpark 11 hours later, an hour after Hurdle and his coaches did.

The Rockies started six players who played all 14 innings the night before, and the Dodgers started five -- including catcher Martin, who has caught all 26 of Penny's starts this season and 52 of 53 since Martin's promotion from Triple-A Las Vegas on May 5, 2006. He was hit by a pitch his first time up.

Notes

Penny lowered his ERA to 2.59, fourth-best in the majors behind Chris Young, Jake Peavy and Dan Haren. ... Rockies CF Cory Sullivan had a 17-pitch at-bat in the third inning, fouling off 12 straight pitches before flying out to left field. His next time up, Sullivan flied out to left on the first pitch. ... Hillenbrand, coming off his first four-hit game for the Dodgers, batted in the cleanup spot for the first time since July 2, 2006, with Toronto.


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