Dodgers 6, Rockies 2

Aaron Harang felt responsible for kicking off the Dodgers’

five-game skid. He was determined to end it.

He did, but not before facing several tense moments against one

of baseball’s hottest team.

Harang pitched six strong innings, Bobby Abreu homered for the

first time this year and the Los Angeles Dodgers ended a

season-worst five-game skid with a 6-2 win over the Colorado

Rockies on Saturday.

Andre Ethier and Elian Herrera had two hits and two RBIs each

and James Loney also had two hits for the Dodgers.

The streak began with Harang taking the loss against Milwaukee

on Monday, so he took it upon himself to reverse his team’s

fortunes.

”I feel like I started the losing streak so I wanted to shut

the door and finish it so we could start over fresh,” he said.

”You want to come in and stop the bleeding.”

A day after the Rockies roughed up Los Angeles pitchers for 13

runs on 15 hits, Harang (4-3) held Colorado’s suddenly potent

offense to one run on four hits and he worked out of a bases-loaded

jam in the fifth against the middle of Colorado’s lineup.

Leading 4-1, he gave up a single and two walks with hot-hitting

Carlos Gonzalez coming to the plate. Harang bore down and got

Gonzalez to foul out to third and Michael Cuddyer to ground out to

second.

”Once I got past CarGo I could back down a little bit but I

knew I had to be aggressive Cuddyer, too,” Harang said.

Harang’s work in the fifth gave the dugout a jolt of

adrenaline.

”Innings here are just dangerous,” Dodgers manager Don

Mattingly said. ”It feels like they can take off. Aaron getting

out of that with CarGo and Cuddyer was huge.”

Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario had RBI doubles and DJ LeMahieu had

two hits for the Rockies, who had their five-game win streak

snapped.

Colorado had 53 runs, 71 hits and 13 home runs during its

winning streak but had only six hits Saturday. Gonzalez came into

the game with six homers and a .577 average over his last six games

and went 1 for 4. He slammed his bat after fouling out in the

fifth.

”It was frustration for the moment,” Gonzalez said. ”It was a

pitch out of the strike zone. I should have taken that pitch and

taken it to a different count. Just wait for my pitch to show

up.”

Los Angeles came right back in the top of the sixth and tacked

on two more runs on Abreu’s solo homer and Adam Kennedy’s RBI

single to make it 6-1.

”You see how we responded the next inning, went out there and

got a few runs,” Ethier said. ”When (Harang) got in tough

situations he pitched out of them and gave our offense a chance to

go to work.”

The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead with two outs in the second on a

two-run single by Herrera. The hit went through the legs of pitcher

Juan Nicasio and sent him to the showers with a strained left

knee.

Nicasio said he twisted his knee trying to avoid the ball, which

he said hit him in the leg. Trainer Scott Gehret and manager Jim

Tracy went to the mound and after a brief discussion Nicasio left

the game in favor of Josh Roenicke.

”I tried to catch the ball and the ball hit me in my leg. He

didn’t hit my knee,” he said. ”There will be no MRI. I am going

to be OK.”

Nicasio (2-3) has sustained far worse injuries on comebackers.

He was hurt last Aug. 5 when a line drive by Washington’s Ian

Desmond hit him in the head. He had surgery to have two pins

inserted into his cracked C-1 vertebra and also had a small metal

plate attached to the back of his neck.

This time Nicasio was able to walk off the field after allowing

three runs, two earned, and four hits in 1 2-3 innings.

Los Angeles was able to build on its lead against Colorado’s

bullpen. The Dodgers made it 4-1 when Ethier drew a bases-loaded

walk in the fourth before adding two more in the sixth.

”We’ve been getting our hits (during the losing streak), we

were just able to get some key hits to get some runs there,”

Mattingly said.

LeMahieu led off the seventh with a single and scored on

Rosario’s double to make it 6-2. Colorado had a chance for more but

Gonzalez grounded sharply into a 3-6-3 double play to end the

inning.

The Dodgers struck first when Tony Gwynn Jr., who reached on an

error to lead off the game, scored on Ethier’s single to right.

Dexter Fowler tripled to start the bottom of the first and

scored on Cuddyer’s two-out double off the center-field wall to tie

it 1-all.

NOTES: The Rockies recalled LHP Rex Brothers from Triple-A and

optioned RHP Carlos Torres. … Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild

was shaken up when he was hit in the left arm by a foul ball by

Gonzalez in the bottom of the first. He was tended to Gehret and

had his left forearm wrapped after the inning ended. … Rockies 3B

Jordan Pacheco was held out of the lineup with a sore left

quadriceps muscle. … Dodgers OF Juan Rivera (strained left

hamstring) will join the team when it travels to Philadelphia for a

four-game series starting Monday.