Robles hopes to maintain his solid hitting for the Dodgers when they continue a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.
The 28-year-old Robles has done an admirable job filling in for Cesar Izturis, who has been out since Aug. 23 due to a lower back sprain. Robles is hitting .280 (21-for-75) over his last 17 starts.
He has done some of his best work against Colorado, batting .385 (20-for-52) with 10 RBIs in 11 games this season. However, Robles was hitless in five at-bats in a 7-0 win on Monday.
Los Angeles pulled within five games of first-place San Diego behind Jeff Weaver’s fifth career shutout on Monday. Weaver fired a three-hitter and struck out nine to notch his career-high 14th victory.
The Dodgers will send Edwin Jackson to the mound Tuesday.
Jackson is starting for the first time since he was tagged for six runs and seven hits over five innings in a 7-6, 10-inning loss at Colorado on Sept. 4.
“He was real good early, and then his command wavered some there in the fourth and fifth inning,” Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. “The next hurdle that he needs to overcome is to maintain the consistency of his delivery throughout the course of his start. He’s making strides.”
Jackson is facing Colorado for the fourth time in his career. The 22-year-old has an 11.77 ERA in those outings and has not figured in any of the decisions.
Colorado had won five straight against the Dodgers before Monday’s loss.
The Rockies need one win in the final two games of the series to capture the season series from the Dodgers for the first time since 1999.
“The Dodgers have had their way with us for a while, so any time we defeat them, you feel like it’s ‘mission accomplished,”’ Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “It might have a little added jolt because they’ve dominated us since I’ve been here—plus, I never got a hit in this ballpark as a player, and I’m still not letting go of that.
“I only think about it like every time I come to L.A., or any time I enter the state of California. I can’t seem to find a way to bury that.”
Sunny Kim hopes to remain unbeaten for Colorado when he makes his fifth start of the season with the Rockies.
Kim, acquired off waivers on Aug. 5 after making 12 appearances for Washington, is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in his first four starts with the Rockies.
The right-hander yielded two runs and six hits over six innings in a 3-2, 10-inning loss at San Diego last Thursday. Kim has matched a career high by winning three straight decisions.
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