Thus far, the duo has helped to re-ignite Los Angeles’ plate production.
The Dodgers look to continue their offensive surge as they open a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium.
On Sunday, the Dodgers hit four home runs, but allowed five in a 10-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals that featured the most home runs by two teams in the history of Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962. The previous record was established on May 25, 1979, when the Dodgers hit seven homers and the Cincinnati Reds had one.
Los Angeles entered the break with a major-league-best 3.06 ERA, but ranked last in the majors with 59 homers and last in the NL with a .244 batting average and 328 runs.
However, thanks in part to Burnitz and Henderson, the Dodgers scored 25 runs and hit eight homers in their four-game set with St. Louis.
Henderson, a surefire Hall of Famer, extended his major league record with his 81st leadoff homer Sunday. He is 5-for-14 (.357) with two homers since getting picked up from Newark of the independent Atlantic League.
Burnitz, acquired in a trade with the New York Mets on Monday, hit two home runs Sunday—his second multi-homer game of the season and 18th of his career. He has four RBIs since arriving in Los Angeles.
“Their lineup’s not as weak as everybody says it is,” St. Louis starter Woody Williams said. “Maybe they’re just going through a funk. I mean, they scored seven runs without (Shawn) Green hitting.”
The Rockies come in off Sunday’s 8-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants— their fifth straight setback and seventh straight on the road.
STANDINGS: Rockies - 4th place, 12 1/2 GB, NL West. Dodgers - 3rd place, 9 1/2 GB, NL West.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Denny Stark (0-0, 3.94 ERA). Stark, who has made just three starts this season after beginning the season on the disabled list, gave up five runs—two earned—and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings of the Rockies’ 7-6 win over the Dodgers on July 11. In five career appearances, including four starts, against the Dodgers, he is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA. He has not given up a run in eight career innings at Dodger Stadium.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Andy Ashby (2-6, 5.57 ERA). Ashby gave up four earned runs and eight hits in five innings of a 5-3 loss to the Rockies on July 12—his second straight setback. He is 8-9 with a 5.19 ERA—his second-worst mark against any NL team—in 22 career appearances, including 20 starts, against the Rockies.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Helton, .357 avg. and 91 runs; Wilson, 24 HRs and 93 RBIs; Tony Womack, 9 SBs. Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .301 avg.; Burnitz, 20 HRs and 50 RBIs; Shawn Green, 50 runs; Dave Roberts, 24 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Rockies, 5-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - Inflammation in LHP Denny Neagle’s left elbow forced him out of Sunday’s game after only four innings. The left-hander, who spent the first 71 games on the disabled list with stiffness in the elbow, could end up there again, according to manager Clint Hurdle. … RF Larry Walker did not start Sunday for the second straight day because of what is being called a groin injury, but he did pinch hit. He’s on medication and might see a specialist in Los Angeles on Monday to determine whether he has a hernia. … INF Womack, acquired in a trade form the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, is 16-for-42 (.381) with two triples and five RBIs in his career against RHP Ashby. Dodgers - OF Roberts (pulled hamstring) heads to Rookie League affiliate Ogden on Monday for a three-day rehabilitation assignment. He could be activated Friday if everything goes well. … The Dodgers have hit homers in a season-high six straight games. … Jolbert Cabrera went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter Sunday, snapping his career-high six-game hitting streak.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 15-35 on the road; Dodgers - 27-23 at home.
INJURIES: Rockies - RHP Nelson Cruz (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL. Dodgers - C Todd Hundley (back), 15-day DL; INF Ron Coomer (dizziness), 15-day DL; 1B Fred McGriff (abductor), 15-day DL; OF Brian Jordan (knee), 15-day DL; OF Roberts (hamstring), 15-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 60-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL.