Dodgers-Rockies: Russell Martin, James Loney Lead Los Angeles Over Colorado

Molly GraySenior Analyst IJuly 21, 2008

The Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed over the Colorado Rockies 16-10 in a run-filled evening at Coors Field in Denver. Between the two teams, there were 38 hits, and surprisingly, 20 of those were from the Rockies’ bats.

But in a rare offensive showing, the Dodgers were able to convert on their 18 hits to overcome Colorado.

Los Angeles started off early with eight runs in the first inning, giving starting pitcher Eric Stults a large cushion. Despite the Dodgers' 11-run lead in the third, Stults could not make it through four innings to qualify for a win.

He went 3.2 innings, giving up three runs. Stults went into the game having only made five starts since June 19, and he sports an ERA of 2.67.

Colorado’s starting pitcher Kip Wells lasted only one-third of an inning, giving up seven hits and eight runs. The Dodgers had five consecutive hits in the first, including two doubles.

Wells was relieved by Ryan Speier, who pitched for 3.2 innings, giving up four more runs to the Dodgers’ bats. Los Angeles sealed their win, however, against Matt Herges with a four-run fifth inning.

The plate leaders on Monday night were Russell Martin, Jeff Kent, and James Loney, who had three hits each. Loney had the lone triple, and there were no home runs from the Dodgers in the entire game.

This success at the plate comes shortly after hitting coach Don Mattingly officially joined the team. Mattingly came to Los Angeles on July 18, after originally getting the job at the beginning of the season upon the arrival of new head coach Joe Torre. Divorce issues kept Mattingly in New York until last Friday.

Despite their dazzling performance Monday night, the Dodgers remain tied for first in the division after the Chicago Cubs failed to convert at the plate to support starting pitcher Rich Harden’s 10 strikeouts, and lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0.

The Dodgers approach game two in the Colorado series on Tuesday night.