Dodgers-Rockies: First Series Ends In Grand Fashion For LA

Brett Moore@@LoudmouthMooreContributor IApril 20, 2009

DENVER - APRIL 11:  Manager Clint Hurdle #13 heads to the mound to remove starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa #29 of the Colorado Rockies as catcher Yorvit Torrealba looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies during MLB action at Coors Field on April 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. De La Rosa pitched 4 2/3 innings and collected the loss as the Phillies defeated the Rockies 8-4.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers began their first homestand by rolling over the San Francisco Giants.

Not much changed when the Colorado Rockies came into town.

The Dodgers completed their sweep of the Rockies on Sunday with a 14-2 win, including a seven-run fifth inning led by Matt Kemp's grand slam to right field. Kemp would add a solo homer in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers their fourth multi-homer game this week and third in three days.

Andre Ethier and Orlando Hudson also each drove in three runs for Los Angeles.

The win was the eighth in a row for the NL West-leading Dodgers. All of the wins have come over division rivalstwo against the Diamondbacks, three against the Giants, and now three over the Rockies. The win streak has carried them to a record of 10-3.

Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2) was pounded for seven runs and seven hits in four-plus innings of work. The trouble started immediately for Jimenez, with Hudson doubling in leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal in the first inning to give the Dodgers a lead they'd never relinquish. Ethier followed with his own RBI double two batters later to make the lead 2-0.

James MacDonald started the game for the Dodgers, and threw a strong 4.1 innings before being pulled after walking two batters to start the fifth. Recent call-up Scott Elbert replaced him for his 2009 debut and worked out of the jam.

The Dodgers led 4-0 at the start of the fifth when they broke the game wide open. Manny Ramirez singled, James Loney drew a one-out walk and Russell Martin singled to load the bases. Manager Clint Hurdle pulled Jimenez in favor of Matt Belisle, whom Matt Kemp greeted with his second home run of the year to stake the Dodgers to a commanding 8-0 lead. Elbert, Hudson, and Ethier would also drive in runs in the fifth.

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Elbert pitched a solid two-and-two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits. The runs were accounted for by sixth-inning solo home runs by Brad Hawpe and Chris Ianetta.

Ramon Troncoso pitched the last two frames for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers were ridiculously hot over the course of the homestand, outscoring their opponents 50-17 over the six games, and have averaged eight runs per game over their current winning streak while holding their opponents to two-and-a-half.

The Rockies left after the game for a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks starting Monday; they will then head home for six games with the Dodgers and San Diego.

The Dodgers have an off-day on Monday before beginning a nine-game road trip with the Houston Astros, the Rockies again and ending with the Giants in San Francisco.

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