Colorado (65-71) at Los Angeles (68-64)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Fri Aug 29, 2003
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping Kevin Brown can keep them in the thick of the National League wild-card race.

Brown takes the mound for the Dodgers as they begin a three-game series against the visiting Colorado Rockies.

Los Angeles has lost four of five but still finds itself 1 1/2 games behind a five-team logjam tied for the wild card.

Brown is a respectable 12-7 despite the Dodgers’ hitting woes. Los Angeles is last in the NL with a .241 team batting average, 459 runs and 90 home runs.

Brown has allowed only one earned run over his last two starts, but is 0-1 in that span.

As is the case against many teams, Brown has dominated Colorado. The veteran right-hander is 10-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 20 career appearances, including 19 starts, against the Rockies.

Closer Eric Gagne set a major league record with his 44th straight save this season as he closed out the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday.

Losers of five of their last six, the Rockies are 6 1/2 games out of the wild-card spot.

Jason Jennings pitched seven strong innings as the Rockies snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

Jennings allowed one runs and six hits while striking out a career-high 10.

Outfielder Preston Wilson hit a grand slam and drove in five runs to lead Colorado’s offense. Wilson has 32 home runs and leads the majors with 126 RBIs.

STANDINGS: Rockies - 4th place, 17 GB, NL West. Dodgers - 3rd place, 12 GB, NL West.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Cory Vance (1-0, 4.91 ERA). The 24-year-old left-hander will be making his first start of the season and only the second of his career. Vance failed to earn a decision on Sunday after giving up four runs—three earned—and five hits in two innings of relief in the Rockies’ 12-6 loss to Atlanta.

DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Brown (12-7, 2.15 ERA). The hard-throwing right-hander gave up two earned runs—none earned—and seven hits in a 2-1 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday. Los Angeles scored only three runs to back Brown in his previous start against Montreal on Aug. 19.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Todd Helton, .355 avg. and 118 runs; Wilson, 32 HRs, 126 RBIs and 10 SBs. Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .284 avg.; Jeromy Burnitz, 26 HRs; Burnitz and Adrian Beltre, 65 RBIs; Shawn Green, 67 runs; Dave Roberts, 34 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Rockies, 7-6.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - OF Wilson is batting .136 (3-for-22) with eight strikeouts in his career against RHP Brown. … 1B Helton leads the NL with 176 hits and 118 runs scored. … OF Larry Walker is hitting .246 with seven RBIs in August. Dodgers - OF Green ranks second in the NL with 43 doubles. … RHP Brown leads the NL with a 2.15 ERA. … RHP Gagne has allowed one earned run over his last 23 appearances, lowering his ERA from 2.20 to 1.50.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 20-47 on the road; Dodgers - 37-29 at home.

INJURIES: Rockies - C Bobby Estalella (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Shawn Chacon (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nelson Cruz (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Chin-hui Tsao (wrist), 15-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL. Dodgers - C Todd Hundley (back), 15-day DL; OF Brian Jordan (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Kazuhisa Ishii (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 60-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL.

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C. Vance Tex vs. K. Brown NYY
1-3 Record 14-9
5.60 ERA 2.39
12 K 185
10 BB 56
1.50 WHIP 1.14