Rockies 3, Dodgers 1
Hawpe homered leading off the fifth inning and hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth, sending the Rockies to a 3-1 victory Wednesday night that snapped Los Angeles’ 11-game run.
“It’s a good win, but the streak had nothing to do with it,” said Brian Fuentes, who pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances. “They played great the first two nights and we did, too. But tonight it was our turn.
“It was a pretty big feat for them to do 11 in a row, but everything has to come to an end sometimes, and it just happened to end tonight,” added Fuentes, who got the save on his 31st birthday.
The Rockies’ victory was only their third in 12 games against the Dodgers this season, so Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said it was special in several ways.
“For us, the Dodgers are a team our organization needs to beat and play better against,” he said. “It was a significant step for our ballclub to beat a good pitcher in a big ballgame.
“They’re as hot as they can be, and for us to do it late was good for us.”
Hawpe was pleased to come up with the key hit and said he always enjoys playing the Dodgers, streak or no streak.
“The Dodgers are a fun team for me and the rest of the team to play against because they’re a quality team and they’re real competitive,” Hawpe said.
Los Angeles manager Grady Little took the defeat in stride.
“There is no doubt in my mind we will be out there tomorrow to start a new streak,” he said.
The Dodgers’ Jeff Kent wasn’t moping, either.
“We’re not in it to have streaks, we’re in it to get to the finish line first,” said Kent, who popped out with the bases loaded as the Dodgers failed to score in the eighth.
Francis held the Dodgers to one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings. Three of the four walks he issued were intentional, and he struck out two and hit a batter with a pitch.
Dodgers starter Derek Lowe (9-8) gave up three runs and six hits in 8 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked none.
The loss cost the Dodgers a chance to take over first place in the NL West. San Diego lost 4-3 to the New York Mets, but maintained a half-game lead.
With Francis holding the Dodgers’ offense in check, Lowe tied the score at 1 with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
Francis cut down a runner at the plate in the fourth, throwing out Julio Lugo as he attempted to steal home.
Hawpe went 2-for-3 against Lowe, including his 17th homer of the year. He is 8-for-14 lifetime against Lowe, with three homers and seven RBIs.
The Dodgers haven’t won 12 in a row since 1976. … Los Angeles 1B Nomar Garciaparra was in the lineup after being activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day. Garciaparra, who had been sidelined since July 25 with a sprained right knee, went 1-for-2 with two walks, one intentional. … Dodgers right fielder J.D. Drew left the game because of a strained left quad. … Hawpe hit a three-run homer against Lowe on May 16 at Coors Field—and threw out a runner at the plate from right field in a 5-1 win.