LOS ANGELES (AP) -
enjoyed quite a homecoming Tuesday night.
Stewart, who set season records in nearby Orange County for home runs (16) and RBIs (61) as a senior at La Quinta High five
years ago, homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and the
Los Angeles Dodgers
8-3 for their fourth straight victory.
The loss was the second in eight games for the Dodgers, who dropped one game behind NL West-leading Arizona.
also homered for the Rockies, who are eight games back.
Stewart, taken by the Rockies with the 10th overall pick in the 2003 draft, has spent most of his six professional seasons
in the minors.
Those days appear to be in the past.
''It feels good to come home and do well,'' the 23-year-old infielder said. ''I know a lot of (family) were watching on TV.
I didn't have a lot (of family and friends) here tonight, just my dad and my agent. I'll have a lot more the next two games.''
Stewart ranks second in the NL in on-base percentage since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on July 19, trailing
only Holliday, who had four hits to match a career best.
''When I was up earlier, I struggled,'' Stewart said. ''When I got called up, I felt prepared.
Stewart hit a two-out, two-run single in the first off
(7-9) and added a three-run homer off Hong-Chih Kuo in the eighth to cap a four-run rally that gave the Rockies a five-run
lead. Holliday opened the inning with his 24th homer off
Stewart, a left-handed hitter, is 14-for-33 against left-handers this year, and five of his last 12 hits have been homers.
Overall, he's hitting .293 with nine homers and 37 RBIs in 47 games.
''Opportunities present themselves,'' Rockies manager
said. ''He's definitely embraced this one and run with it.''
Stewart made his big-league debut last season, hitting .209 in 35 games.
(9-11) earned the victory despite working a shaky five innings. He allowed eight hits and three runs with one walk and seven
strikeouts before being relieved by
to start the sixth. Colorado relievers blanked the Dodgers on three hits the rest of the way.
''They're obviously better than their record indicates,'' Dodgers manager
said. ''They have that lineup that we have trouble getting through, in the middle. Those guys have beaten us up a little bit
- and looking at Holliday's numbers, he's beaten a few people up. And Hawpe, too. I mean, we're capable of shutting them down,
but we just weren't able to do it tonight.''
The Rockies have hit at least one homer in 12 of their last 13 games, and have a total of 20 during that time.
Willie Tavares and Holliday singled and
walked before Stewart's first-inning single.
doubled to open the bottom of the first and scored on a ground-rule double by
- the first of his three hits.
Hawpe hit his 22nd homer in the third on the first pitch after Holliday's shot up the middle glanced off Kuroda's left ankle
into short right field for a one-out single.
The Dodgers scored twice in the fourth to draw within one run after Jimenez retired the first two batters.
singled, took third on a double by
and scored on
's passed ball. Jimenez walked Kuroda, who came to the plate hitting .100, before Kemp hit an RBI double.
then struck out for the third time.
Kuroda, who had given up one run in each of his previous three starts, retired his last nine batters before being lifted for
a pinch-hitter. He allowed six hits and four runs in six innings while walking one and striking out three.
With the Rockies leading 4-3, the Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh against Manny Corpas on singles by
and a walk to
flied to right.
''We had enough hits and some opportunities, but then the bullpen wasn't able to keep us close, which is uncharacteristic,''
Torre said. ''Jason (Johnson) had a good seventh inning, but in the eighth inning the wheels came off. We get so spoiled,
knowing what to expect with Kuo, and then when things like that happen, you're very surprised by it. I hope it's another month
before we're surprised again.''
Notes: The game was played before an announced crowd of 46,687, lifting the season total at Dodger Stadium to 3,038,674 -
the 13th straight year the Dodgers have drawn over 3 million fans at home. ... The Rockies (19-12) and the Dodgers (18-12)
have been two of the NL's better teams since the All-Star break. ... The win was the 500th for Hurdle, enabling him to become
the 81st manager in history to earn 500 wins with the same team according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... Kent's first-inning
double was the 560th of his career, tying him with Hall of Famer
for 20th on the all-time list. ... After their three-game series with the Rockies concludes Thursday, the Dodgers will have
an NL-high 23 road games remaining on their schedule along with 12 home games. ...
worked a scoreless inning for the Dodgers - his first appearance in a big-league game since May 13, 2006, when he was pitching
New York Yankees