(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers can pick up a game on the Colorado
Rockies and a series victory with a win Wednesday in the finale of a three-
game set from Chavez Ravine.
The Dodgers, though, will have to achieve the feat with winless starting
pitcher Josh Beckett on the hill. Beckett is 0-3 with a 4.75 earned run
average in five starts and has allowed at least three or more runs in four
outings this season. Beckett did not record a decision in Friday's 7-5 win
over Milwaukee and gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Beckett has been able to last five-plus innings in each start and hopes his
strong career mark against Colorado comes into play. The right-hander has made
eight starts in this series and owns a 5-2 record with a 3.70 ERA.
Los Angeles will need Beckett to perform much like rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu did in
Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Rockies. The Korean left-hander limited the Rockies
to a pair of runs in six innings and scattered three hits. Ryu also struck out
12 batters and issued two walks to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Hanley Ramirez helped Ryu with a home run and was just activated off the
disabled list Monday due to a thumb injury suffered during the World Baseball
"It's good to get him in the lineup and see him already being productive in
the lineup," Dodgers star center fielder Matt Kemp said of Ramirez. "We've
been having trouble scoring runs here lately and he's definitely going to help
us with that."
Kemp was 2-for-5 with an RBI and Jerry Hairston recorded three hits, two runs
scored and drove in a run for the Dodgers, who rebounded from Monday's 12-2
loss to win for the sixth time in nine tries.
After this finale with Colorado, the Dodgers will visit San Francisco for
three games over the weekend. L.A. left-hander Clayton Kershaw was recently
placed on the bereavement list following the death of his father and is
scheduled to be with the team against the Giants. Also, lefty Ted Lilly is
expected to rest after receiving an injection in his right rib cage.
Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a
tight hamstring and is day-to-day.
"We knew going into the game that he was just a little bit tight," Dodgers
manager Don Mattingly told the club's website. "We thought it was going to be
something he was going to be good with. As he got out there it was something
we didn't want to take a chance with. We're pretty precautionary with him. And
with the day off coming up (Thursday) we'll see how he's feeling (Wednesday).
But we'll be careful with him."
The Rockies are still first in the NL West, sitting a game ahead of San
Francisco and Arizona and 2 1/2 games in front of the Dodgers, but have
dropped seven of their last 10 games.
In Tuesday's loss to L.A., Jorge De La Rosa was roughed up on the mound to the
tune of six runs and 11 hits in four innings.
"I made a lot of mistakes," De La Rosa admitted. "I threw a lot of pitches
where I didn't have to and I paid for it."
Carlos Gonzalez homered and Michael Cuddyer added an RBI in the loss.
Colorado, which is 2-4 on a seven-game road trip, will begin a six-game
homestand this weekend versus Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees. The club
hopes to get former All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki back at Dodgers Stadium
and he has missed the first two tests of this series with a strained left
"Compared to yesterday, today was a lot different," Tulowitzki said on the
team's website. "I'm looking forward to getting back."
Juan Nicasio looks to pitch the Rockies to a series win Wednesday and will put
his unblemished record on the line. Nicasio is 3-0 in five starts to go along
with a mediocre 4.62 ERA and earned the win his last time out in a 6-3 triumph
at Arizona on Friday. He gave up three runs -- one earned -- in five innings.
Nicasio, a right-hander, is 2-0 in three road starts this season and 1-2 with
a 4.97 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers took last season's series by a 10-8 count.
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