The Japanese right-hander, who has pitched a pair of no-hitters since entering the majors in 1995, displayed some versatility in Thursday’s 6-3 win over St. Louis.
He pitched six solid innings, allowing an unearned run and two hits while striking out five and walking four. But Nomo made an even bigger impact with his bat, belting a two-run homer and RBI double to end a personal three-start winless skid.
“Nomo did it all by himself, pretty much,” teammate Jeromy Burnitz said. “That was awesome.”
Los Angeles suffered its third straight loss and sixth in the last seven meetings with Colorado in Monday’s series-opening 4-1 setback.
“We needed someone to take the first step for us, make a statement and take charge on the mound so that we’re not battling uphill all the time. And Denny gave us all that and more,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
The Dodgers, who averaged 6.1 runs and hit 14 homers over their previous nine games, were held to one run for the second time in three games.
STANDINGS: Rockies - 4th place, 12 1/2 GB, NL West. Dodgers - 3rd place, 9 1/2 GB, NL West.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jennings (9-7, 4.94 ERA). Jennings, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, had won six of seven decisions before dismal outing in Thursday’s 8-4 loss at San Francisco. The right-hander was pounded for eight runs—seven earned—and nine hits over four innings, striking out one and walking two. Jennings has not lost consecutive starts since April 17-23. He is 4-2 with a 3.83 ERA in eight career starts against the Dodgers.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Nomo (10-8, 2.85 ERA). Nomo, who pitched one of his two no-hitters against the Rockies at hitter-friendly Coors Field, boasts a 7-2 mark with a 4.82 ERA in 14 career starts against Colorado.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Todd Helton, .354 avg. and 91 runs; Preston Wilson, 24 HRs and 93 RBIs; Tony Womack, 9 SBs. Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .299 avg.; Burnitz, 20 HRs and 50 RBIs; Shawn Green, 51 runs; Dave Roberts, 24 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Rockies, 6-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - 1B Helton was 0-for-3 with a walk Monday, ending his road hitting streak at 16 games, the second-longest in Rockies history behind Vinny Castilla’s 21 straight. … LHP Denny Neagle, who left Sunday’s start at San Francisco after four innings because of inflammation in his elbow, was in Denver for an MRI to determine whether he will have to go on the DL. He missed the first 71 games with stiffness in his elbow. … OF Walker is hitting .120 (3-for-25) with one homer and two RBIs in his career against RHP Nomo. Dodgers - OF Roberts took early batting practice Monday, then hopped an early-evening flight for Ogden, Utah, to begin a three-day rehab assignment with the Dodgers’ Pioneer Rookie League team. He has not played since July 1 because of an injured right hamstring that landed him on the DL earlier this season. … INF Juan Uribe, who turns 24 on Tuesday, is the last of four Rockies players to observe a birthday in a six-day span, including RHP Jennings (25), OF Wilson (29) and C Charles Johnson (32). … 3B Adrian Beltre is 8-for-19 (.421) with two doubles in his career against RHP Jennings.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 16-35 on the road; Dodgers - 27-24 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; 3B/1B 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.