Los Angeles opened the series with a 3-0 victory behind Brad Penny on Friday to extend its winning streak against Colorado to five. The Dodgers had won the finale of a three-game set in Denver from May 15-17 and swept three games at Dodger Stadium from May 22-24.
The Rockies (30-31) rebounded Saturday, though, for a 12-9 win to improve to 3-5 on their nine-game homestand and 16-15 overall at home.
Atkins’ three-run shot in the first extended his hitting streak to nine games.
“You’re never really trying to do that,” said Atkins, who is hitting .375 (12-for-32) with seven RBIs over that span. “I was able to get some elevation and hit it out.”
Like Jennings, who walked three and struck out five, Aaron Cook (5-6, 3.63 ERA) has had success at home, although not in his last outing.
The right-hander suffered his third straight loss Monday when he allowed five runs and 10 hits in six innings of a 5-2 defeat against Pittsburgh.
“He didn’t break,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s a gutsy performance. He’s out there giving everything he’s got, but he’s pitched better.”
The loss dropped Cook to 13-9 with a 4.99 ERA all-time in Denver and snapped a streak of 10 home starts in which he gave up three earned runs or less.
Cook is 3-2 with a 3.50 ERA lifetime against the Dodgers, but was on the losing end of a 7-1 defeat on May 24.
Los Angeles (34-28) has alternated wins and losses over its last five games and is just 7-8 since completing its home sweep of Colorado on May 24.
J.D. Drew had three hits, Russell Martin hit a three-run homer and Nomar Garciaparra singled to extend his hitting streak to 13 games in Saturday’s loss, which saw Brett Tomko allow seven runs in 3 2-3 innings en route to his fourth straight defeat.
While Tomko has struggled of late, Sunday starter Derek Lowe has been stellar.
Lowe (5-3, 2.70) allowed two runs in six innings in an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday to win his fourth straight start, the first time he’s done that since he won five decisions in a row from Aug. 11-Sept. 7, 2004 for Boston.
The right-hander, who is 3-1 with a 4.41 ERA versus Colorado in his career, was the losing pitcher in a 5-1 decision to the Rockies on May 16.
Drew left Saturday’s game early after Rockies shortstop Omar Quintanilla’s knee hit him in the quadriceps when the right fielder was sliding into second base in the fourth.
“I’ll get some ice and treatment and see how it reacts overnight,” said Drew, who is a career .377 (29-for-77) hitter at Coors Field. “It’s pretty sore and really tight now.”
Garciaparra is batting .370 (20-for-54) during his hitting streak with two homers and 11 RBIs. He is 3-for-6 (.500) lifetime against Cook.
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