DENVER (AP) -
doesn't balk at his backup role.
Even after years of being a starter, he's content playing second fiddle to
, just waiting for his chance to contribute.
Ausmus certainly did his part Friday night, breaking a tie game in the ninth inning with a two-out single and helping the
Los Angeles Dodgers
to a 6-5 win over the
That's all he wants - a chance to help.
''The bench players have to pitch in,'' Ausmus said. ''Tonight was an example.''
Ausmus was only in the game because Martin struggles against Rockies starter
. He made only his third start this season.
''When I signed with the Dodgers I knew that Russell was the guy,'' Ausmus said. ''He's a great young catcher and a great
young player. I knew that role coming in.''
Ausmus lined a pitch past a diving
at third, scoring
, who had led off the inning with a double off Manny Corpas (0-1).
The Dodgers backup catcher also ignited a rally in the eighth with a two-out double off
that caromed off the centerfield wall.
followed with a flair that dropped into shallow left, scoring Ausmus.
The Dodgers added another run later in the inning on a wild pitch by
- who came in to relieve Street - to put the Dodgers up 5-3.
Colorado came back in the eighth off Hong-Chih Kuo.
lined a one-out single up the middle and
followed with a tying pinch-hit homer to deep left.
Kuo (1-0) earned the win despite the rocky inning in which he surrendered two runs and two hits.
worked his way out of trouble in the ninth, striking out Iannetta with two runners on to end the game. It was Broxton's sixth
save in as many chances.
''This was a game that we spent a lot and we had to win,'' Dodgers manager
said. ''I'm just glad we did.''
finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs while
extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the fifth.
The Dodgers have won all four meetings against the Rockies this season.
had his string of two straight wins interrupted by the no decision. The lefty went five innings, allowing three runs and seven
hits. Stults also tied a career-high in walks by issuing five.
Stults started the season with Triple-A Albuquerque before replacing
after Kuroda went on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.
rediscovered the dip on his sinker, helping him work his way out of several jams.
Cook lasted six innings, giving up three runs and seven hits. He also tied a career-high with six walks as he remained winless
Part of Cook's predicament has been the betrayal of his bread-and-butter pitch.
However, in reviewing the mechanics of Cook, the Rockies detected a flaw in the righty's delivery - his stride was out of
whack, taking the bite out of his sinker.
''We saw more of the
we've seen in the past,'' Rockies manager
said. ''He reclaimed his sinker - much more efficient stuff.''
Cook couldn't agree more.
''Got back to the basics, getting down in the zone, letting my sinker work,'' Cook said. ''It's not the outcome I wanted,
we definitely want to win, but I feel like I got over a little bit of a hump today. Hopefully, I carry that on to the next
Notes: The Rockies launched their ''Wood for Wood'' promotion Friday night, a project in which the team will plant a tree
in the Denver area for every home run hit in 20 preselected games. ... Kuroda threw a full bullpen session Thursday. ''He
was a little sore,'' MGR
said. ... Loretta is now 4-for-6 this season in a pinch-hitting role. ... Rockies SS
drew four walks in the game. ... With an RBI single in the first, Dodgers OF
now has driven in nine runs in his last seven games.