Rockies 9, Dodgers 4

Matt Holliday homered again and Troy Tulowitzki also connected as the Colorado Rockies completed a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 9-4 victory Thursday.

The Rockies won their fifth in a row and remained 41/2 games behind San Diego in the NL wild-card race. The Padres beat Pittsburgh 6-3 Thursday for their seventh straight victory.

Colorado starts a three-game series at San Diego on Friday night.

Holliday's three-run shot was his fourth homer in the last three games, and 11th homer in 12 games. He increased his career bests to 36 home runs and 131 RBIs.

Brad Hawpe drove in three runs to reach 101 RBIs and Kaz Matsui went 3-for-3 as the Rockies moved nine games over .500 for the first time since July 5, 2000.

Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4) worked 6 1-3 innings and gave up three runs and five hits.

Derek Lowe (12-13), who had won his previous two starts, gave up six runs on eight hits and five walks in three-plus innings. He matched his previous shortest outing of the season, on July 19 against the New York Mets.

Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer and Andy LaRoche hit his first major league home run for the Dodgers, who lost their fifth in a row.

The Rockies left the bases loaded in the first inning, but scored six times in the second. Holliday homered into the center-field bleachers, Hawpe hit a two-run double off the right-field scoreboard and Tulowitzki doubled home a run.

Lowe was pulled after walking Holliday and Todd Helton to start the fourth.

Hawpe drove in a run with an infield single off Mark Hendrickson in the sixth to make 7-0.

The Dodgers chased Jimenez with a four-run seventh inning. Jeff Kent doubled and scored on Luis Gonzalez's groundout, and after a walk to Martin, Ethier homered.

Matt Herges replaced Jimenez and LaRoche greeted him with a home run to cut Colorado's lead to 7-4.

The Rockies answered with Tulowitzki's two-run shot in the seventh off Jonathan Meloan.

Notes: Soreness in his lower back kept Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal out of the starting lineup for a third straight game. ... Lowe glared at the bleachers as Holliday circled the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning. ... C Russell Martin leaned a foot over the Los Angeles railing to catch Hawpe's foul ball in the fourth. ... Hawpe reached 100 RBIs in a season for the first time in his career. ... LHP Mark Redman will start Saturday for Colorado in San Diego.




 
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