Dodgers 1, Rockies 0, 11 innings
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Shawn Green hit an RBI single in the 11th inning and Kevin Brown pitched eight scoreless innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 1-0 Thursday to earn a split of their four-game series.
Brown, who lost his previous four starts, allowed three singles and lowered his ERA to a major league-leading 2.12. But Colorado All-Star Shawn Chacon was just as tough for seven innings, leaving Brown with a no-decision.
The Dodgers finally broke through in the 11th against Javier Lopez (2-1). Alex Cora led off with a single and was bunted to second by Jolbert Cabrera. Green then drove Cora in with a liner to center on a 2-1 pitch.
Brown had a chance to be the winning pitcher after Rickey Henderson batted for him in the eighth, singled with one out and advanced on a balk by reliever Brian Fuentes. But Cora struck out and center fielder Jay Payton ran down Cabrera’s extra-base bid on the warning track with his back to the plate.
Chacon allowed three singles, struck out six, walked none and hit two batters. The last time Chacon faced the Dodgers was on May 28 at Coors Field, when he pitched eight scoreless innings.
Chacon retired his first 11 batters before Green lined a single to right with two outs in the fourth. Lo Duca was hit in the back with a 1-2 pitch, but Jeromy Burnitz struck out.
Shortstop Juan Uribe tried to get cute on a popup by Cabrera with a runner at first in the sixth inning—deliberately letting the ball drop in front of him in an attempt to start a double play. But second base ump Bruce Froemmingruled it an out.
The Dodgers have nine runs during Brown’s five-game winless streak. His longest drought in the majors was in 1995, when he went 0-6 in a span of 12 starts with Baltimore. … Estalella started in place of C Charles Johnson, who is 1-for-19 lifetime against Brown with no RBIs. Johnson, who took over behind the plate in the 10th, caught Brown for two seasons with the Florida Marlins in 1996 and 1997—the year the Marlins won the World Series. … NL RBI leader Preston Wilson, 3-for-22 lifetime against Brown, also did not start. He pinch-hit in the 11th and struck out. … The Dodgers reached the 2 millionmark in home attendance for the 31st straight season.