Rockies 7, Dodgers 3

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DENVER (AP)—Larry Walker may be emerging from his season-long hitting slump, and he’s doing it by walking more.

Walker drove in four runs, helping Aaron Cook and the Colorado Rockies snap the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 10-game winning streak, 7-3 on Tuesday night.

The Dodgers’ winning streak was their longest since they won 11 straight in 1993.

“Beating a team like that that’s been hot, it has to do a lot for our confidence,” Rockies outfielder Jay Payton said. “Maybe this will get us on a little bit of a roll.”

It was the Rockies’ third straight win.

The Rockies tagged Kazuhisa Ishii (4-2) for five runs in the first inning, including Walker’s two-run triple and a key error by first baseman Fred McGriff.

Walker added a bases-loaded, two-run single off Guillermo Mota in the seventh.

Walker has drawn 14 walks in the past six games, including one Tuesday night.

“That’s a big step,” he said. “Even though there are not hits there, it has helped my confidence as far as seeing the ball better and not just flailing away at everything.

“I’m swinging at better pitches. Now I’m being more selective at the plate and not hacking at everything they throw up there. If I continue to do that, things will be all right,” he said.

Walker has gone 5-for-7 in the past two games, raising his average to .267.

“It was a good night for our ballclub and it was real good for Larry,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “Two critical at-bats, and he showed up big both times.”

Cook (2-4) went 6 1-3 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs.

“I’m finally getting back to my old self, throwing a lot of fastballs down in the zone and getting groundball outs,” Cook said.

Adrian Beltre had three hits and two RBIs for Los Angeles.

Ronnie Belliard led off the Colorado first with a double and scored on Payton’s double.

Todd Helton walked and Walker hit a one-out triple into the right-field corner. After Jose Hernandez walked and stole second, Chris Stynes hit a grounder to Beltre at third base.

But McGriff lost the throw in the setting sun beyond the left-field stands for an error, and two runs scored.

Dodgers manager Jim Tracy called that play critical.

“We got two strikes on Stynes, and just then the sun came out,” Tracy said. “I no sooner saw the sun reflecting off the Plexiglas behind Fred and Stynes put the ball in play. Obviously, Fred was blinded when he looked up to find the ball.

“Those were two huge runs. We pecked away after that, and it would have been 3-3.”

McGriff said it was “tough over there. Luckily I didn’t get hit in the face.”

Ishii, who threw 43 pitches in the inning, didn’t allow a hit over the next four innings.

Los Angeles made it 5-1 in the second when Brian Jordan walked and scored on Beltre’s two-out single.

Beltre’s RBI single in the fourth cut the deficit to 5-2. With runners on second and third and two outs, Cook intentionally walked Cesar Izturis before retiring Ishii on a grounder.

The Dodgers added another run in the sixth. Beltre’s third single set up an RBI grounder by Izturis’ groundout.

With two outs in the seventh, the Rockies loaded the bases on Payton’sdouble and two walks. Walker then lined a single to center.


The Dodgers flipped their starters for the next two games, with Darren Dreifort now going on Wednesday and Odalis Perez on Thursday. … Walker’s triple was his seventh of the season, equaling a career best set in 2000. … Jordan made a diving catch in right-center to rob Cook in the fourth. … Mota saw his scoreless streak end at 15 2-3 innings, while the Dodgers bullpen hadits streak end at 19 innings.

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