Los Angeles (74-66) at Colorado (65-78)

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  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 7, 2003
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are probably disappointed they won’t be playing the Colorado Rockies any more after this weekend.

The Dodgers hope to continue inching up the wild card standings, and beating up on the Rockies, as the teams close out a three-game set at Coors Field.

The Dodgers have won seven of their last nine games, with five of the wins coming against the struggling Rockies. The run has moved Los Angeles within three games of wild card-leading Philadelphia, and two behind Florida, which is holding second place.

The Dodgers dropped 12 of 16 heading into the All-Star break, are 25-22 in the second half, keeping themselves in the hunt for the postseason.

“We did not resemble a club that would look like it would be playing meaningful games in the month of September,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.

“And yet, we’ve been a very resilient team the past few years and have not allowed adversity come into play to where we have allowed it to become an excuse and throw our hands up in the air.”

Shawn Green drove in five runs, Ron Coomer homered twice and Odalis Perez pitched six strong innings to lead the Dodgers to 10-2 win on Saturday.

Green’s five RBIs matched his output over his previous 66 at-bats. The home run was his 13th of the year and third since the All-Star break.

The Dodgers had 13 hits after piling up 17 in Friday’s series opener.

“It’s really nice to have a day offensively where you score some runs,” Tracy said. “It was an opportunity for us to give a very special group of guys some rest and not have them even have to stand up.”

The Rockies have dropped seven straight and 12 of 13.

“When you don’t get runs, everything else is magnified,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “You make errors, you don’t get to balls you normally do. It just doesn’t look right and today the game didn’t look right.”

STANDINGS: Dodgers - 2nd place, 12 GB, NL West. Rockies - 4th place, 22 GB, NL West.

DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Wilson Alvarez (3-1, 2.57 ERA). Alvarez is 2-0 with a 1.51 ERA in five starts since returning to the rotation on Aug. 9. In his last start, a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday, Alvarez allowed a run and six hits over five innings. In three games against the Rockies, including two starts, the veteran left-hander is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jose Jimenez (1-7, 5.35 ERA). Jimenez is 0-1 with a 3.70 ERA in three starts since joining the rotation last month. In his last start, a 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, Jimenez allowed one run, five hits and four walks over six innings, but didn’t receive a decision. In career 24 appearances against the Dodgers, including two starts, Jimenez is 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 11 saves.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .287 avg.; Jeromy Burnitz, 26 HRs; Adrian Beltre, 70 RBIs; Green, 73 runs; Dave Roberts, 36 SBs. Rockies - Todd Helton, .351 avg. and 120 runs; Preston Wilson, 32 HRs, 128 RBIs and 11 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Dodgers, 11-7.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - The Dodgers have won six straight from the Rockies dating to July. … OF Roberts has missed two games with a stiff neck … OF Green has 46 doubles, one short of Wes Parker’s 1970 Los Angeles record. John Frederick’s franchise record of 52 was set in 1929, when the team was in Brooklyn Rockies - OF Larry Walker is 5-for-5 career against LHP Alvarez with one homer. … The Rockies have dropped seven of eight at Coors Field. … SS Cesar Izturis is 2-for-27 in his last seven games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 33-35 on the road; Rockies - 45-26 at home.

INJURIES: Dodgers - OF Roberts (neck), day-to-day; 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. 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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W. Alvarez LAD vs. J. Jimenez ARI
6-2 Record 2-10
2.37 ERA 5.22
82 K 45
23 BB 32
1.08 WHIP 1.66