Los Angeles (73-66) at Colorado (65-77)

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  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sat Sep 6, 2003
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Odalis Perez has at times been one of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ best pitchers—and at times one of their worst.

The Dodgers are hoping that Perez can duplicate his last start as he takes the mound for his second straight start against Darren Oliver and the slumping Colorado Rockies.

On Sunday, Perez gave up just five hits in seven strong innings of a 3-0 win over the Rockies—his fifth victory in six decisions.

For Colorado, Oliver gave up three unearned runs and four hits in eight innings in his fourth straight defeat following a three-game winning streak.

Perez’s win came after the worst outing of his career, an 18-4 loss to the Houston Astros on Aug. 26 in which he gave up a season-high 10 earned runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings.

“Same guy,” he said. “I never change. I did nothing different than in Houston. I believe in my ability, why change? If I have four good starts for every one bad start, I’m going to the Hall of Fame.”

However, manager Jim Tracy said he noticed some differences in the two starts.

“Odalis threw the same pitches he did in his start in Houston,” Tracy said. “The difference is that tonight he had better location, a much better mix of pitches, and did a much better job of using both sides of the plate.”

Perez has allowed at least six earned runs in five starts this season, including nine in a 12-5 loss to the Rockies on May 29. However, the 26-year-old left-hander has also allowed one earned run or fewer in seven starts.

On Sunday, he became the first Dodgers left-hander since Fernando Valenzuela in 1986-87 to win 11 games in consecutive seasons.

The Dodgers beat the Rockies 8-7 on Friday, remaining tied for third with Chicago in the NL wild-card race, three games behind Philadelphia. The Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers and the Phillies beat the New York Mets on Friday.

Adrian Beltre went 4-for-5 with two homers and Todd Hundley added a pinch-hit home run for Los Angeles, which has won six of its last eight, including a three-game sweep of the Colorado last weekend.

Charles Johnson homered and Garrett Atkins went 2-for-5 with a double for the Rockies, who have lost five straight and 10 of 11.

STANDINGS: Dodgers - 2nd place, 12 GB, NL West. Rockies - 4th place, 21 1/2 GB, NL West.

DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Perez (11-10, 4.57 ERA). Perez is 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA in nine career appearances, including eight starts, against the Rockies.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Oliver (10-10, 4.84 ERA). The left-hander is 3-3 with a 3.74 ERA in nine career appearances, including seven starts, against the Dodgers.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .285 avg.; Jeromy Burnitz, 26 HRs; Beltre, 70 RBIs; Shawn Green, 72 runs; Dave Roberts, 36 SBs. Rockies - Todd Helton, .352 avg. and 120 runs; Preston Wilson, 32 HRs, 127 RBIs and 11 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Dodgers, 10-7.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - On Friday, RHP Eric Gagne extended his major league records, earning his 48th consecutive save of the season and 56th straight overall. … OF Roberts was scratched from the starting lineup with stiffness in his neck. … On Friday, the Dodgers began a stretch of 24 games in 24 days. They have only one more off day (Sept. 15) and will play a doubleheader on Sept. 27. Rockies - The Rockies purchased the contract of INF Kit Pellow from Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled INF Atkins, INF Clint Barmes, OF Mark Sweeney, RHP Scott Elarton and RHP Jason Young. Atkins and Barmes each started Friday. … The Rockies have gone 5-18 since Aug. 8 and need to finish the season 16-5 to avoid their fifth losing record in six seasons. … LHP Oliver is 5-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 12 appearances, including 11 starts, at home this season.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 32-35 on the road; Rockies - 45-25 at home.

INJURIES: Dodgers - OF Brian Jordan (knee), 60-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 60-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Roberts (neck), day-to-day. Rockies - C Bobby Estalella (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Shawn Chacon (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Chin-hui Tsao (hamstring), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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O. Perez Was vs. D. Óliver Tor
12-12 Record 13-11
4.52 ERA 5.04
141 K 88
46 BB 61
1.28 WHIP 1.45