Scott Elarton felt comfortable when he took the mound for his first start of the season. He’ll just be looking for a better result in his second outing.
Elarton, who made his first start since Oct. 6, 2001 on Saturday, will try to lead the Colorado Rockies to their fifth straight victory when they face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of a three-game series at Coors Field.
After missing all of 2002 with a shoulder surgery, Elarton allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings as the Rockies lost to the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Saturday.
He threw 52 pitches in the first three innings, but didn’t allow a run until the sixth. After the game, he said he felt fine on the mound.
“I don’t know why I felt so comfortable,” Elarton said. “I felt like I was back where I belong again and I think that I showed I can still pitch here.”
On Wednesday, Shawn Chacon pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and hit a two-run single to lead the Rockies to a 6-0 win. The victory gave the Rockies their second four-game winning streak of the season. They also won four straight from April 3-6.
The Dodgers had won a season-best 10 straight before losing their last two games to Colorado. In Wednesday’s loss, they managed just four hits.
STANDINGS: Dodgers - 2nd place, 1 GB, NL West. Rockies - 3rd place, 6 1/2 GB, NL West.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Odalis Perez (4-2, 3.23 ERA). Perez has won three straight starts. On Friday, he allowed four runs and nine hits over six innings, as the Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4. In seven career games against the Rockies, Perez is 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Elarton (0-1, 4.50 ERA). Elarton is 0-8 in his last 18 starts and has not won since May 6, 2001. In six career games against the Dodgers, he is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .320 avg.; Fred McGriff, 8 HRs and 28 RBIs; Shawn Green, 26 runs; Dave Roberts, 18 SBs. Rockies - Todd Helton, .330 avg. and 45 runs; Preston Wilson, 12 HRs, 47 RBIs and 5 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Dodgers, 3-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - CF Brian Jordan left Wednesday’s game after being hit by a pitch in the fifth. … The Dodgers claimed OF Shane Victorino off waivers from San Diego. Victorino will be assigned to Double-A Jacksonville. … OF Dave Roberts, on the disabled list since May 17 with a strained right hamstring, took batting practice and worked out with the team Wednesday. He’s expected to be activated Sunday. Rockies - RF Larry Walker is hitless in 12 career at-bats against Perez. … SS Juan Uribe, who went 5-for-9 in two rehab games at Class A Visalia, has been transferred to Double-A Tulsa. Uribe broke a bone in his right foot on March 1. … One day after he threw six innings of a simulated game, LHP Denny Neagle said his throwing elbow felt fine. Neagle has been on the disabled list since March 29 with soreness in his elbow.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 14-13 on the road; Rockies - 20-8 at home.
INJURIES: Dodgers - C Todd Hundley (back), 15-day DL; OF Roberts (hamstring), 15-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (rotator cuff), 15-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL. Rockies - RHP Nelson Cruz (biceps), 15-day DL; LHP Neagle (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (back), 60-day DL; IF Pablo Ozuna (knee), 60-day DL; IF Uribe (foot), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL.