Los Angeles (10-4) at Colorado (6-8)

  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Thu Apr 22, 2004
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Off to a fast start, the Los Angeles Dodgers look to win their fifth straight series as they face the Colorado Rockies in the middle game of their set at Coors Field.

Los Angeles has ridden the hot bat of catcher Paul Lo Duca, who is hitting .490 this season. Lo Duca, who saw his 11-game hitting streak end on Tuesday, drove in three runs in Wednesday’s 9-4 win over the Rockies.

“I swung the bat well last night, just nothing fell in,” said Lo Duca, who went 3-for-4. “I’m looking to continue to stay where I’m at, not try to do too much.”

Adrian Beltre hit his second home run in two games and Dave Roberts went 3-for-3 with three stolen bases and three runs scored for the Dodgers, who had 13 hits.

“Lo Duca’s at-bats he had in run-producing situations were terrific,” Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. “Roberts creates things for us, and more times than not we come out of it with runs.”

Colorado had won two in a row before Wednesday’s loss.

Despite missing Larry Walker and Preston Wilson, the Rockies have flourished at Coors Field this season, scoring 42 runs in five games. Walker will be sidelined for at least another two weeks with a strained groin and Wilson is out until at least June after knee surgery.

Jeromy Burnitz, who joined the Rockies in the offseason as a free agent, says the Rockies can still excel without their two stars.

“I remember playing in that Central Division with the Brewers and Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, who would put 60-plus homer, 150 RBI-seasons, and their teams would finish near the bottom,” Burnitz said.

“If we want to advance and play well consistently, let’s face it, we need those guys. But that’s not to say if things get rolling correctly, can we win for a while without them? Of course. That’s the beauty of baseball.”

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