Los Angeles (20-20) at Colorado (22-18)

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  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Wed May 17, 2006
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The Colorado Rockies solved Derek Lowe in their last outing. Next on the list is Los Angeles Dodgers starter Brad Penny.

Colorado (22-18) seeks its fifth win in its last six home games when it meets the Dodgers (20-20) on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series at Coors Field.

The Rockies had just six hits in a 5-4 loss in Monday’s series opener to drop to 1-5 in their last six games, but rebounded to beat Lowe and the Dodgers 5-1 on Tuesday. Lowe entered with a 3-0 record and 3.71 ERA against Colorado in his career.

The Rockies scored five runs off the right-hander in six innings and reached double-digits in hits for the first time since a 6-2 victory over St. Louis on May 8.

Matt Holliday went 4-for-4 with a double and scored twice, and Brad Hawpe went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, including his second homer of the series and 10th this season.

“I try to go out there and play, have fun,” Hawpe said. “I’m not thinking about, ‘I’ve got to do this,’ or ‘I’ve got to do that.’ If I screw up, I’m not trying to beat myself up. In the past, I would’ve more than I am now.”

Colorado will now face Penny (3-1, 2.66 ERA), who is 5-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 10 starts against the Rockies.

Penny has allowed three runs or less in all eight starts this season, but Los Angeles is just 4-4 and has totaled 32 runs in those games.

Penny threw five scoreless innings and allowed just two singles his last time out, a 6-1 win at San Francisco on Friday. He left the game with back stiffness, but an MRI cleared him to make his next start.

The Rockies will send Jason Jennings (2-3, 5.05) to the mound Wednesday. The right-hander has a record 27 victories and .614 winning percentage in Denver, including a 1-0 mark and 3.86 ERA this season as the Rockies have gone 4-0 in his home starts.

The 2002 National League Rookie of the Year is 4-0 with a 3.48 ERA against the Dodgers at home, and 5-4 with a 3.30 ERA in 13 overall starts against them.

Los Angeles was unable to move two games over .500 for the first time this season with the loss Tuesday, but is 8-3 in its last 11 games and 3-2 on its six-game road trip.

Nomar Garciaparra’s 10-game hitting streak was snapped in the defeat, as was Rafael Furcal’s eight-game streak. The duo hit a combined .405 (32-for-79) in those games with five homers and 22 RBIs.

Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent left Tuesday’s game with back stiffness and center fielder Kenny Lofton exited with a tight left hamstring. Both are listed as day-to-day.

The Rockies are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings with the Dodgers.

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16-9 Record 9-13
4.33 ERA 3.78
148 K 142
54 BB 85
1.38 WHIP 1.37