The Los Angeles Dodgers (32-15) kept on rolling as they took care of the struggling Colorado Rockies (18-27) by a score of 7-1. On Monday, the Dodgers scored 16 runs on a season-high 19 hits, and recorded 12 more hits on Tuesday night.
Casey Blake delivered the big blow in the fifth inning, with a base-clearing three-run double deep off the wall in left-center field. Blake has now been hitting .451 in his last 13 games. Blake's double pushed the Dodgers lead to 4-0.
They added another run in the seventh on an Orlando Hudson RBI single, and two more in the eighth. Hudson went 2-3, and extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games. He has now been hitting .349 this year.
The big news of the night was Dodgers starter Eric Milton. Milton tossed a no-hitter in 1999 and was an All-Star in 2001 with the Minnesota Twins. He has made little noise, since mainly because Milton had reconstructive surgery on his left elbow in 2007 and missed the entire 2008 season.
In his comeback with the Dodgers, he earned his first victory since August 8, 2006, when he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He threw five strong innings, and the only run he surrendered came on a Clint Barmes solo shot to lead-off the fifth. It was Barmes' fifth home run of the season.
While Joe Torre and the Dodgers sit comfortably atop the NL West, Manager Clint Hurdle desperately needs to turn things around for his Rockies. Colorado is falling fast and now has the second-to-worst record in the majors, ahead of only the lowly Washington Nationals.