Los Angeles (61-72) at Colorado (52-81)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Fri Sep 2, 2005
  • TV: FSN2, FSRM
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After a day off, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue their run at the top spot in the NL West when they begin a three-game series with the last-place Colorado Rockies.

Los Angeles’ best chance at a playoff berth is to catch the San Diego Padres for first place in the NL West. The Dodgers remained 5 1/2 games behind the Padres after a 7-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

Los Angeles took two of three from Chicago and has won four of five overall.

“At this point in the season, we need to win each series, for sure,” Dodgers outfielder Jayson Werth said.

Jose Cruz Jr. went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Olmedo Saenz added a two-run homer and Werth hit a two-run single Wednesday for the Dodgers, who went 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Cruz had a single, double and triple in Los Angeles’ 11-hit attack. Every Dodger starter had a hit except shortstop Oscar Robles.

Colorado lost 5-3 to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

The Rockies dropped two of three in San Francisco after winning their previous four road series. They still finished 5-4 on their road trip to go 15-14 in August, their first winning month of the season.

“A lot of good things happened this month,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’ve raised the bar and are disappointed we didn’t win the series. We’re not going to accept mediocrity or just being OK.”

The Rockies now look to improve their play at home. They went 6-8 during their last homestand.

“I think we as a team need to ride this wave we’ve got; go home, sweep the Dodgers,” Colorado second baseman Aaron Miles said.

With right fielder Brad Hawpe and rookie shortstop Clint Barmes expected to be activated off the disabled list Thursday, the Rockies’ lineup should get a boost.

Barmes missed 78 games with a broken collarbone after batting .329 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs through his first 54 games. Hawpe, who had a hamstring injury, is batting .295 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs in 75 games.

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