LOS ANGELES (AP) -
knew he faced a difficult assignment against the
. Not only were the defending NL champions on a roll, but they match up well against him.
So the 35-year-old right-hander did his best to keep the Rockies guessing.
The strategy worked.
Lowe cooled off Colorado by allowing one run in 6 1-3 innings,
homered and drove in two runs, and the
Los Angeles Dodgers
beat the Rockies 3-1 Thursday to salvage the finale of a three-game series.
contributed with a stolen base, of all things, as the Dodgers completed their 10-game homestand with a 7-3 record and remained
two games behind NL West-leading Arizona, which beat visiting San Diego 4-1 on Thursday night.
''I think they have one of the best offenses we face, especially against me. They're all low-ball hitters,'' Lowe said. ''I
threw a lot of breaking balls and tried not to be so predictable, throwing sinker away, sinker away. You have to command your
off-speed pitches against this lineup. I was fortunate to keep it to one run.
''Manny got a stolen base to get us going. The bullpen did a great job.''
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Rockies, who scored 36 runs in three wins in Washington and two more at
Dodger Stadium. It also ended Colorado's four-game winning streak against the Dodgers.
Lowe (10-10) allowed four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts before relieved by Hong-Chih Kuo after issuing a one-out
in the seventh.
''When he's hitting his spots like that, he's tough,'' Colorado's
said of Lowe. ''It seemed like (Dodgers catcher Russell) Martin never moved his glove from where he set up.''
Kuo struck out pinch hitter
blooped a double to right. With the tying and go-ahead runners in scoring position, pinch hitter Willy Tavares popped to first
to end the inning.
Kuo then retired the Rockies in order in the eighth, and
worked the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances since taking over the closer's role last month when
went on the disabled list. Stewart hit Broxton's first pitch for a double before Broxton fanned
, Baker and Tulowitzki to end the game.
Broxton was the losing pitcher Wednesday night when the Rockies scored a run in the ninth for a 4-3 victory.
''It was a stupid pitch on my part,'' Broxton said of the ball Stewart hit. ''I threw him six or seven splits last night.
I started him with a breaking ball. He had to be looking for it. I got a little mad, started turning it loose.''
After that, the Rockies didn't appear to have a chance.
The Rockies scored their run in the first when Barmes singled, stole second, took third on an infield out and came home on
's sacrifice fly.
The Dodgers tied it with an unearned run against
Jorge De La Rosa
(6-7) in the fourth when Ramirez reached on an error by third baseman Stewart, stole second without a throw and scored on
Loney's out-out single, the first Los Angeles hit. The stolen base was Ramirez's first with the Dodgers and second of the
told me to go, so I went,'' Ramirez said afterward with a smile. Pierre, who has 38 stolen bases to rank third in the NL,
denied the claim.
hit a two-out double in the fifth and scored on
's single to put the Dodgers ahead for good, and Loney opened the seventh by hitting a 2-1 pitch from
over the right field fence for his 10th homer to complete the scoring. Vizcaino then struck out the next three batters.
De La Rosa was lifted for a pinch hitter after allowing four hits and two runs, one earned, in six innings. He walked two
and struck out three.
''He was good, he was real good,'' Rockies manager
said of De La Rosa. ''It's very challenging to win a game when you score one run.''
Lowe, who threw 107 pitches on a hot day, worked out of a two-out, two-on jam in the fourth by getting De La Rosa on a fly
to left, and then retired the next seven batters - four on strikes - before the walk to Baker.
Notes: Umpire Jerry Crawford began the game behind home plate, but moved to third base after the second inning because of
a sore back. Paul Nauert took over behind the plate. ... The Dodgers begin a 10-game road trip Friday night in Philadelphia,
getting his first start since being acquired Tuesday from San Diego. Maddux has 353 career victories to rank ninth on baseball's
all-time list. ... RHP
, now pitching for Cincinnati, will receive their NL championship rings from last year Friday night before the Rockies' home
game against the Reds. ...
was given Thursday off. The 40-year-old Los Angeles second baseman is hitting .429 (30-for-70) in August.
replaced Kent, making his first career start at second, and went hitless in three at-bats. His previous 650 big-league starts
were at shortstop.