Last weekend's blockbuster trade hasn't paid immediate dividends for the Los Angeles Dodgers , which isn't conducive in their pursuit of the NL West crown.
Neither is the potential loss of Matt Kemp for any amount of time.
Kemp likely won't play Wednesday afternoon as visiting Los Angeles looks to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the surging Colorado Rockies .
The Dodgers have lost three straight games since winning their first after acquiring Adrian Gonzalez , Josh Beckett , Carl Crawford and Nick Punto from Boston, getting outscored 24-6 during their skid.
Beckett was the losing pitcher in Monday's series-opening 10-0 defeat, and Gonzalez - 3 for 15 since joining the Dodgers - went 0 for 3 in Tuesday's 8-4 loss. Los Angeles (69-61), which was swept by San Francisco from Aug. 20-22, has fallen 3 1/2 games behind the Giants for the division lead."It starts with each one of us looking ourselves in the mirror and saying we need to go out there and play better," outfielder Andre Ethier said.
Making matters worse is the possible loss of Kemp, who crashed into the outfield fence while tracking a ball in the first inning Tuesday. He left the game shortly thereafter with a right knee contusion.
Manager Don Mattingly said he's pretty certain he'll keep Kemp out of the lineup Wednesday to rest."That kind of hit I'm expecting him to at least be out (Wednesday)," Mattingly said. "The biggest bright spot, if you can take a bright spot, the knee didn't look damaged."
Los Angeles will look to end its skid with help from Joe Blanton (8-12, 5.02 ERA), who still is searching for his first victory with the Dodgers.
Blanton has struggled in four starts since being acquired from Philadelphia, going 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA. He gave up four runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 4-1 loss to San Francisco on Aug. 21 in his most recent outing, though he said he feels he's getting closer to that elusive win.
"I thought it was the best I've thrown since I've been here," Blanton said. "All singles, ground balls through the hole, bloopers in the outfield."
The right-hander gave up five runs in seven innings of a June 20 win over Colorado for the Phillies, increasing his ERA to 5.71 in three career starts versus the Rockies.
Wilin Rosario went 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs on Tuesday for Colorado (53-75), which has won five of the last six meetings with the Dodgers and eight of its last 10 games overall."The at-bats that Wilin Rosario took tonight were very special," manager Jim Tracy said. "He hits his 22nd home run, but he drives in a couple of runs. He hits a breaking ball for a home run - that tickled me to death."
Scheduled starter Drew Pomeranz (1-7, 4.78) will look to give Colorado a solid start under Tracy's limit of roughly 75 pitches. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning Friday against the Cubs before allowing a pair of solo homers. The left-hander left with the lead after the fifth, but the Rockies went on to lose 5-3.
Pomeranz has been effective in both of his starts against the Dodgers, though he has no decisions to show for it. He threw a season-high 113 pitches while allowing one run in 6 2-3 innings of Colorado's 8-5 home win May 2, then struck out seven in four innings of the Rockies' 2-0 victory Aug. 6 at Los Angeles.
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|August 25, 2012||Shane Victorino||Day-to-Day||Strained hip and back|
|August 25, 2012||Chad Billingsley||15-Day DL||Right elbow pain|
|August 19, 2012||Luis Cruz||Day-to-Day||Left game - leg cramps|
|August 12, 2012||Jerry Hairston Jr.||60-Day DL||Left hip inflammation|
|July 26, 2012||Scott Elbert||15-Day DL||Left elbow inflammation|
|August 22, 2012||Dexter Fowler||Day-to-Day||Left game - right ankle injury|
|August 20, 2012||Eric Young||15-Day DL||Left intercostal strain|
|August 19, 2012||Michael Cuddyer||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|August 19, 2012||Josh Rutledge||Day-to-Day||Left game - left quad tightness|
|August 14, 2012||Drew Pomeranz||Day-to-Day||Chest soreness|
|August 06, 2012||Todd Helton||60-Day DL||Torn labrum, right hip|
DENVER (AP) -- Hoping to come together in time for a big finish to the season, the revamped Los Angeles Dodgers relied on holdovers and newcomers alike to get back on a winning track.
Joe Blanton pitched effectively into the eighth inning for his first win with Los Angeles and A.J. Ellis hit his first career grand slam in a 10-8 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.
Hanley Ramirez , another mid-season acquisition by the Dodgers, also homered in his second straight game to help the Dodgers overcome the absence of slugging center fielder Matt Kemp and withstand a late rally that saw Colorado score seven runs in the eighth inning. Kemp, whose status was characterized as day to day, sat out with a bone bruise on his left knee and sore jaw suffered in a collision with the center field wall the night before while trying to chase down a fly ball.
"That's kind of our team now, but we're just getting to know each other," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's definitely a different feel. Hopefully, we can put this thing together quick and get that rhythm that we need to play. But really, it comes down to a matter of getting the pitching and scoring runs."
The Dodgers did both in snapping a three-game losing streak that came on the heels of last week's blockbuster deal with Boston in which they added such headliners as pitcher Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez , who had two hits, including a two-run single.
Blanton (9-12), who was 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in four previous starts since joining the Dodgers in an Aug. 3 trade with Philadelphia, struck out five and walked one in 7 1-3 innings. It was his first win since July 16 when he beat the Dodgers in one of his last starts for the Phillies.
"As a starter, sometimes it's not necessary to get the win, just making sure the team gets the win, but that hadn't happened either way in my last couple of starts," Blanton said. "I think the most important thing right now are the team wins, not the individual wins.
"And I think the good thing is that everybody that has come over and everybody that was here before, we have a common goal: We want to win and I think any time you have that, hopefully good things are going to happen, because everybody is thinking the right things out there."
Drew Pomeranz (1-8) lost his fifth consecutive decision since his lone win of the season July 6 against Washington. He allowed six runs on six hits, walked none and struck out four.
Pomeranz retired the first six batters he faced before running into trouble in the third, when the Dodgers sent nine batters to the plate and scored six runs.
Juan Rivera and Ellis began the Dodgers' big inning with successive singles and advanced on Blanton's sacrifice. After Mark Ellis reached on first baseman Jordan Pacheco 's fielding error that also allowed Rivera to score, Shane Victorino followed with an RBI single and Adrian Gonzalez , part of the latest wave of newcomers included in the Dodgers' blockbuster trade last week with the Boston Red Sox, chipped in with a two-run single.
Ramirez capped the burst with his 22nd homer of the season and eighth homer in 32 games with the Dodgers since coming to Los Angeles from Miami.
After Colorado got an RBI single from Tyler Colvin in the seventh for its first run, the Dodgers stretched their lead to 10-1, loading the bases against reliever Will Harris before A.J. Ellis connected for his 11th home run of the season.
"At the time, you're just glad to be adding on runs and giving yourself more of a cushion and hopefully rest some of the key guys in our bullpen," A. J. Ellis said. "Unfortunately, we needed those runs and I was just glad I could support and help out. It's a big win for us because it gets those good feelings back. We need to win as many as we can."
The Rockies sent 11 batters to the plate in their half of the eighth.
"We know we can score runs, we find a way to put runs on the board," said the Rockies Carlos Gonzalez . "Just one bad inning with the grand slam. That was a great run, a great effort for the guys. We still got the series, so that's a good thing."
Blanton retired the first batter he faced and gave up successive singles to Pacheco and Ramon Hernandez before being relieved by Shawn Tolleson , who gave up three run-scoring singles and a walk before being lifted for Randy Choate .
Choate hit Tyler Colvin with a pitch, forcing in another run and bringing on reliever Ronald Belisario . The Rockies added three more runs in the inning on Josh Rutledge 's fielder's choice, Carlos Gonzalez 's RBI single and an error by center fielder Victorino.
Belisario got the final five outs for his first save since Sept. 29, 2010, which also was against Colorado.
"It's not exactly the way, when you're up to 10-1, that you want to win that game, but at the end of the day you walk out of here with a `W,' and you don't care how you got it," Mattingly said.
NOTES: The Dodgers return to LA to open a homestand Thursday against the Diamondbacks, with LHP Clayton Kershaw (12-7) going against Arizona's Ian Kennedy (11-11). ... The Rockies are off Thursday before hosting the San Diego Padres in a three-game set over the weekend. ... The Dodgers placed LHP Scott Elbert on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation and recalled RHP Shawn Tolleson Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. ... Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) and 1B Jason Giambi (viral illness) were scheduled to play Wednesday night for Triple-A Colorado Springs as part of their rehab assignments. ... All 15 hits for the Rockies were singles.