The Rockies may be without shortstop Troy Tulowitzki as they go for just their third win in nine games in Monday night's opener.
Colorado (15-10) opened the season by winning 13 of 17, batting .318 with runners in scoring position while hitting 27 homers and averaging 5.9 runs.
The Rockies haven't been nearly that productive while dropping six of eight, scoring 3.4 per contest and batting .227 with runners in scoring position - .179 while dropping three of four at Arizona over the weekend.
They managed 12 runs in that series, losing Sunday's finale 4-2.
"As long as you continue to go out on a day in and day out basis and play good hard baseball and continue to do the right things, it will definitely work out," said starter Jon Garland , Sunday's losing pitcher. "We have already seen what we are able to do when we get some guys hot offensively and we are throwing the ball good."
Possibly doing that without Tulowitzki will likely be a tougher challenge.
The two-time All-Star will be re-evaluated after leaving Sunday's game with a strained left shoulder after an awkward slide home in the first inning. He was easily tagged out, and remained in the game for two more innings before being replaced by Jonathan Herrera .
"I didn't know he got hurt on the play," manager Walt Weiss said. "It sounds like he jammed his shoulder sliding into the plate."
Tulowitzki has a .308 average with six homers and a team-high 22 RBIs. He's hitting .347 with 22 RBIs and a .653 slugging average over his last 25 meetings with Los Angeles (12-12).
Colorado has dropped four straight overall to the Dodgers, and at Chavez Ravine with Tulowitzki on the disabled list with a groin injury.
The Rockies certainly felt that absence during those four defeats in Los Angeles, getting outscored 24-5 while hitting .220.
Facing Ted Lilly may not help, either.
The left-hander is 10-2 with a 3.92 ERA in 14 career starts versus Colorado, going 6-0 with a 2.86 ERA over the last seven.
Lilly is also coming off an impressive performance in his first start in 11 months after undergoing shoulder surgery. He yielded one run with seven strikeouts in five innings of Wednesday's 7-3, 10-inning loss to the Mets.
"I was definitely under the impression I had to prove myself at this level, and understandably, coming off shoulder surgery, prove to myself, too," Lilly told the team's official website.
Lilly's outing is part of the rotation's 2.81 ERA over the last seven games, helping the Dodgers to five wins.
Carl Crawford is facing the Rockies for the first time since 2009 with Tampa Bay, and he's trying to continue his home success. The left fielder is batting .391 with 11 runs scored at Dodger Stadium, hitting three homers over the past three games there.
He connected for a pair of solo homers Sunday - one on the first pitch of the game - in a 2-0 win over Milwaukee.
Colorado is expected to turn to Tyler Chatwood , who is also trying to improve upon his season debut. The right-hander gave up five runs with three walks in six innings before leaving without a decision in a 6-5 win over Atlanta on Wednesday, when he replaced the injured Jhoulys Chacin in the rotation.
Chatwood is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts at Chavez Ravine.
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|April 20, 2013||Todd Helton||15-Day DL||Left forearm inflammation|
|April 20, 2013||Jhoulys Chacin||15-Day DL||Left lower back strain|
|February 14, 2013||Edwar Cabrera||60-Day DL||Left shoulder impingement|
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|April 28, 2013||Adrian Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Skin infection|
|April 26, 2013||Mark Ellis||Day-to-Day||Left game - right quad|
|April 22, 2013||Stephen Fife||15-Day DL||Right shoulder bursitis|
|April 17, 2013||Chris Capuano||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|April 16, 2013||Chad Billingsley||15-Day DL||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
|April 13, 2013||Shawn Tolleson||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The weather was cool and the air was damp, yet the Colorado Rockies felt right at home Monday night in Los Angeles.
The Rockies lead the National League in runs, and some of that can be attributed to playing in hitter-friendly Coors Field. They had no such help at Dodger Stadium - it only seemed that way.
Colorado pounded out 19 hits, including home runs by Dexter Fowler , Wilin Rosario and Nolan Arenado on its way to a 12-2 victory over the Dodgers.
The beneficiary of all that offense was starter Tyler Chatwood , who threw six scoreless innings and limited Los Angeles to five hits. Chatwood even got in on the hit parade, getting three hits and driving in two runs.
"Three lucky swings," said Chatwood, who is 4 for 6 this season. "But pitching definitely comes first. It's just a bonus when you get a hit."
There wasn't much luck involved with his performance on the mound. He struck out five, did not walk a batter and kept the Dodgers from mounting a serious scoring threat.
"When Tyler keeps the ball down, he's really, really tough," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's got great stuff, and he's got a power arm. He's a good athlete. I didn't know he could swing it like that."
Seven different Rockies had at least two hits. Arenado, one of the club's top prospects playing in his second big league game, had his first three hits. His two-run homer in the fourth made it 12-0. Rosario and Carlos Gonzalez also had three hits apiece.
"That was impressive. It was just what the doctor ordered," Weiss said. "After a rough night last night, the guys came out and played really well."
Because of a mechanical issue with their plane, the Rockies were stuck in Phoenix for eight hours Sunday night and didn't arrive in Los Angeles until 4 a.m. Monday. Weiss canceled batting practice before the game.
"If we're going to spend eight or 10 hours in an airport after a series like that (the Rockies lost three of four to Arizona), maybe it helped us turn the page," Weiss said. "I'm proud of the way the guys showed up."
Dodgers starter Ted Lilly (0-1) was finished after three innings, allowing five runs (four earned) and eight hits. Josh Wall fared even worse, giving up seven runs and eight hits in two innings. The Dodgers used five relievers in all, including utility man Skip Schumaker , who pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
"About the seventh inning (Dodgers manager Don Mattingly ) said something could happen," said Schumaker, who also pitched in a mop-up role for the Cardinals against the Dodgers in 2011. "You don't want to get anybody hurt. I don't want to get hurt, I don't want the other team to get hurt throwing a wild pitch. You want the thing over as quick as you can. You don't want it to turn into a circus. We're getting our butt kicked as it is, and I don't want to make a mockery of the game. You're just trying to get it over with as quickly as you can and move on."
Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers, who got a scare when Matt Kemp was hit by a pitch from Chatwood, the ball deflecting off the earflap of Kemp's helmet. It appeared the ball grazed Kemp's shoulder first, lessening the blow. Kemp remained in the game. After the inning, Chatwood and Kemp spoke to each other.
"I wanted to make a point to apologize, so I apologized, and he said no harm, no foul," Chatwood said. "I'll probably try to find him tomorrow and apologize again. Whenever you hit a guy in the head, it's scary for everybody."
The Rockies were playing without cleanup hitter and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki , taking a day off with a sore left shoulder. They didn't miss the All-Star, jumping on Lilly in the first inning. The first four batters hit the ball hard.
Fowler led off with a homer, Jordan Pacheco singled and Gonzalez doubled. Rosario followed with a three-run homer to make it 4-0 before Lilly retired a batter.
Lilly was making his second start of the season since returning from shoulder surgery. He fared better his first time out, giving up one run and six hits in five innings against the New York Mets .
Lilly came into the game 10-2 against the Rockies in 14 career starts, including six consecutive victories.
NOTES: Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb) was activated from the disabled list and could start Tuesday, which happens to be Hanley Ramirez bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium. Ramirez got his first at-bat of the season Monday, coming up as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. He struck out. ... To make room on the roster for Ramirez, the Dodgers placed pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the bereavement list. ... Fowler extended his hitting streak to eight games with his fifth career leadoff home run. ... Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano , on the disabled list since April 17 with a strained left calf, with begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday.