Series: Game 1 of 3

Los Angeles leads 1-0 (as of 4/5)

Game 1: Friday, April 5
Colorado 0Final
Los Angeles 9
Game 2: Saturday, April 6
Colorado 2Final
Los Angeles 9
Game 3: Sunday, April 7
Colorado 4Final
Los Angeles 6

Rockies 0

(2-2, 2-2 away)

Dodgers 9

(1-3, 1-3 home)

    10:10 PM ET, April 5, 2002

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: A. Ashby (1-0)

    L: S. Chacon (0-1)

    Dodgers one-hit Rockies, end 25-inning drought

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andy Ashby reminded the Los Angeles Dodgers of what they were missing last season.

    Andy Ashby

    Ashby allowed one hit over seven innings in his first start in almost a year and Eric Karros went 3-for-4 with a home run as the Dodgers routed the Colorado Rockies 9-0 Friday night for their first victory of the season.

    Ashby, beginning the second year of a three-year, $22.5 million contract, pitched only 11 2/3 innings in two starts last April -- both victories -- before a torn flexor muscle in his right elbow ended his season and forced him to undergo surgery in June.

    "It was very gratifying. It was a great feeling," Ashby said. "You thank God every day for the opportunity to put the uniform on and go out and do my job.

    "The main thing was not to let my emotions get caught up to where I was overthrowing and walking guys and pitching us into a big inning. I mixed it up, made some pitches when I had to and kept the ball on the ground."

    Ashby (1-0) threw 95 pitches, striking out five and walking two. The Rockies' only hit was Todd Zeile's clean ground single through the right side in the fifth inning.

    Omar Daal finished the combined one-hitter with two scoreless innings. It was the Dodgers' first one-hitter since Chan Ho Park and Mike Fetters combined to do it Aug. 29, 2000, at Milwaukee.

    Ashby got as high as 92 mph on the radar gun, but the movement on his sinker him almost impossible to hit.

    "His ball had late sink to it. Out of the hand, it looked pretty good to hit. But the last second it went out of the strike zone," Rockies leadoff hitter Juan Pierre said. "That was his money pitch, because he got a lot of groundballs.

    "A lot of guys were going back to the bench frustrated because there wasn't really nothing overpowering about him. He pretty much let you get yourself out," Pierre added. "Usually, when a guy takes a year off because of an injury, he may be a little wild. But it didn't look like he didn't pitch last year."

    The Dodgers, outscored 24-2 in a season-opening three-game sweep by San Francisco, got all nine runs in the first four innings.

    Karros' three-run homer in the second snapped a scoreless drought of 25 innings by the Dodgers. Shawn Green had a three-run double and Ashby drove in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt.

    Right-hander Shawn Chacon (0-1) allowed eight runs, five hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings, before Green greeted former Dodger Dennys Reyes with his bases-clearing double in the fourth and Brian Jordan followed with an RBI double. Four of the batters Chacon walked eventually scored.

    "Walks are going to hurt you every time, and they did tonight," Chacon said. "I couldn't make any pitches to get out of the jams I put myself in."

    Karros led off the five-run fourth with a double and beat Chacon's shovel-throw to the plate on Ashby's squeeze.

    Green drew a leadoff walk in the second and advanced two bases on Chacon's wild pickoff throw. Adrian Beltre walked with one out and Karros followed with a drive to left-center on a 3-1 pitch for the Dodgers' first homer of the season -- and their first runs since the third inning on opening day.

    Karros, whose chronic back problems last year resulted in the least productive of his 10 full major league seasons, had no homers in his final 21 games of 2001. Tracy has plugged him into the seventh spot in the order to relieve some of the pressure.

    "You cannot ignore the work that the man has done to rebound," Tracy said. "But I think it's very important not to throw all of the burden on his shoulders at the start of the season. If he is going to hit for us, there's one of the answers to a problem that we had a year ago."

    Game notes

    Rockies RF Larry Walker appeared in his 1,531st regular-season game in the majors, tying the record for Canadian-born players that was set by former Houston OF Terry Puhl. ... The Dodgers started a season with four straight losses only twice in the last 26 years -- 1987 (0-5) and 1998 (0-4). ... The last time the Dodgers were shut out in three consecutive games was during the 1966 World Series -- when Baltimore's Jim Palmer, Wally Bunker and Dave McNally completed a four-game sweep. Los Angeles hasn't been blanked in three straight regular-season games since April 23-25, 1966, by Ferguson Jenkins and Ken Holtzman of the Cubs and Larry Jaster of the Cardinals. ... The Dodgers added a run in the third on a leadoff walk to Dave Roberts and a hit-and-run double by Cesar Izturis, who had three hits. ... Kazuhisa Ishii, the second Japanese-born pitcher in Dodgers history, makes his major-league debut Saturday.

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