Colorado (38-55) at Los Angeles (54-38)

Fair Currently: Los Angeles, CA
Temp: 71° F
  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Wed Jul 21, 2004
  • TV: FSN2
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been perfect in the second half of the season.

They’ll look to extend their impressive winning streak as they return to Dodger Stadium for the opener of a two-game series with the Colorado Rockies.

The Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 7-5 on Tuesday for their eighth straight win and 14th in 15 games. Los Angeles swept a four-game series from Arizona coming into the two-game set with Houston, leaving it undefeated since the All-Star break.

Adrian Beltre homered and drove in three runs, Paul Lo Duca added three RBIs and Eric Gagne earned his 27th save in 28 chances for the Dodgers, who moved a season-high 16 games above .500.

“We believe we can come back and win any game the way we are swinging the bats,” said Beltre, whose team trailed by three heading into the seventh inning. “You get in a groove and feel confident that you can do a lot of damage.”

Tuesday’s game wrapped up a six-game road trip for the Dodgers, who have won eight straight away from home for the first time since 1982. However, Los Angeles has been doing well at Dodger Stadium as well, winning 11 of their last 14 at Chavez Ravine.

“It’s been a fantastic road trip. This is a great way to start the second half. It’s a tremendous momentum builder,” manager Jim Tracy said. “We have created a mind-set where we don’t feel like anything is insurmountable.”

Los Angeles is 2 1/2 games in front of second-place San Francisco in the NL West.

The Rockies lost 9-7 to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, falling to 2-4 since the break.

Jeromy Burnitz homered for the third time in two games, and Aaron Miles had two RBIs for Colorado, which had 14 hits but gave up 16 after allowing 18 in a 13-6 loss to the Padres on Monday.

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