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Rockies 7, Dodgers 3

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LOS ANGELES -- The Colorado Rockies marched through the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen and outlasted seven pitchers to take the 7-3 win and the series Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

They needed a bit of help from Dexter Fowler, though.

Fowler made a leaping catch at the center field wall to rob Adrian Gonzalez of a three-run home run in the third inning, and then the offense took over.

Colorado banged 12 hits, with Josh Rutledge leading the way with three, including an RBI single in the seventh inning that put the Rockies up 7-3. The heart of the Rockies lineup delivered consistently, as Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer each had two hits and two RBIs.

Cuddyer's hit an RBI double to score Tulowitzki in the seventh inning, four batters before Rutledge iced the game.

The Dodgers managed eight hits but struggled to manufacture runs, leaving seven runners on base. Hanley Ramirez, activated off the disabled list earlier this week, had three hits and a stolen base.

Colorado starter Juan Nicasio allowed three runs and five hits and struck out six in four innings. Josh Outman (1-0) threw two innings of one-hit ball, and three other Rockies relievers followed with a scoreless inning apiece.

Josh Beckett (0-4) allowed five runs, four earned, in four innings. Beckett struck out six but walked three. Kenley Jansen, who entered the game with an 8 1/3-scoreless innings streak, allowed two runs and did not record an out.

Carlos Gonzalez broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning with a two-run double, scoring Rutledge and Eric Young Jr.

Back in the lineup after a couple of days off nursing a strained shoulder, Tulowitzki put the Rockies up with a two-RBI double in the first inning, and Cuddyer followed with a sacrifice fly to stake Colorado to a 3-0 lead.

Adrian Gonzalez responded with a first-inning two-run home run, scoring Ramirez, and the Dodgers tied it up in the third as Nick Punto scored on a wild pitch.

NOTES: Colorado announced the trade of INF Chris Nelson to the New York Yankees for cash considerations and a player to be named. ... LHP Chris Capuano threw 5 1/3 innings of two-run, seven-hit ball in a rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque, and he could return for the Dodgers early next week. ... LF Carl Crawford was a late scratch from the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday with tightness in his hamstring, and he missed Wednesday's game as well. ... The Dodgers might place 2B Mark Ellis (strained quad) on the disabled list Friday, when LHP Clayton Kershaw is expected to come off the bereavement list and make his scheduled start against San Francisco. ... Los Angeles is the only team in the National League with two players ranked among the top five in strikeouts, Kershaw (tied for second, 47) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (tied for fourth, 46).

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