Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/25)

Game 1: Monday, June 24
Colorado 4Final
Los Angeles 1
Game 2: Tuesday, June 25
Colorado 0Final
Los Angeles 4
Game 3: Wednesday, June 26
Colorado 3Final
Los Angeles 5
Game 4: Thursday, June 27
Colorado 1Final
Los Angeles 7

Rockies 0

(38-39, 13-23 away)

Dodgers 4

(47-29, 25-15 home)

    10:10 PM ET, June 25, 2002

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: O. Perez (9-3)

    L: J. Thomson (6-7)

    Dodgers' Perez snaps Rockies' five-game streak

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Odalis Perez has pitched two one-hitters this season. He still thinks he has a no-hitter in him.

    Odalis Perez

    AP

    Odalis Perez needd only 87 pitches in his second one-hitter of the season.

    The Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander needed only 1 hour, 55 minutes, and a pair of diving catches from right fielder Shawn Green to beat Colorado 4-0 Tuesday night and end the Rockies' five-game winning streak.

    Paul Lo Duca homered and Eric Karros added a two-run shot, helping the Dodgers extend their NL West lead to 1 games over Arizona.

    Perez (9-3), who one-hit the Cubs on April 26 in a 10-0 win at Wrigley Field, allowed only a clean line-drive single to left field by Colorado's Bobby Estalella on a 2-2 changeup to lead off the sixth inning.

    It was all that prevented Perez from becoming the first Dodger to pitch a no-hitter since Hideo Nomo's gem against the Rockies in 1996 at Coors Field.

    ''I have the stuff to do it. We'll see. We're going to work on it,'' Perez said. ''Maybe this year or sometime in my career, I'll throw a no-hitter or a perfect game.''

    The Dodgers' left-hander was extremely efficient, needing only 87 pitches in his third career complete game and second against the Rockies. Perez struck out six and walked one, lowering his ERA to 2.33, second-best in the NL behind former Atlanta teammate Tom Glavine's 1.68 mark.

    ''I threw strikes, I was ahead in the count and made those guys make contact. So that made it much easier. Everything worked tonight except my changeup,'' said Perez, who doubled in the eighth and scored on Lo Duca's sacrifice fly.

    Perez, who has won his last five decisions, has emerged as the sleeper in the trade last January with Atlanta in which the Dodgers swapped Gary Sheffield to the Braves for left fielder Brian Jordan.

    ''He's pitched two complete games against us, so he was obviously a good acquisition for them,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. ''Starting pitching is huge. That's why they're in first place. Five good starters, a red-hot closer and a good offense is always enough to carry a team.''

    Technically, the Rockies got one runner past first base when Estalella broke for second on Juan Pierre's hit-and-run grounder to shortstop. Cesar Izturis got the out at first, but Estalella tried to make it to third and was thrown out by Karros to end the inning.

    ''If there's another attempt to go to third by him, we'll have issues. He needs an excuse for that one,'' Hurdle said.

    Green, known more for his homers than his fielding, robbed Estalella with a backhanded grab in the second inning and went to his right to take an extra-base hit away from Juan Uribe for the last out in the eighth.

    ''You'll see plays like that made when you've got a pitcher who goes out and throws 87 pitches to complete a baseball game, because you're ready to field every time he throws a pitch,'' Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.

    ''There's very little down time when Odalis Perez is pitching, because his strike efficiency is as good or better, in my opinion, than anybody in the league.''

    John Thomson (7-6) allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings. The right-hander is 0-4 in six starts since his last victory on May 23 against San Diego, and 0-3 in five career starts against the Dodgers.

    ''J.T.'s outing was encouraging. That was a huge step for him,'' Hurdle said.

    Lo Duca, who left Monday night's game in the fourth inning because of an abductor strain, was back in the lineup and drove the first pitch he saw to center field in the first inning for his fourth home run.

    Lo Duca hit the next pitch he saw into the right-field corner for a leadoff double in the fourth, but was stranded at third.

    But Thomson, facing the Dodgers for the first time in four series between the teams this season, walked Green with two outs in the sixth and allowed Karros' eighth homer on the next pitch.

    ''You don't like to waste a good pitching performance. That slider to Karros was his only mistake,'' Colorado's Todd Zeile said.

    Game notes


    The 15 homers allowed by Thomson are the most on the Rockies' staff. ... Rockies RF Larry Walker, who missed the previous two games because of a strained right elbow, was 0-for-3 and ended a streak of seven multiple-hit games -- one shy of Andres Galarraga's club record. ... After the game, Walker, Terry Shumpert and Mike Hampton departed for St. Louis to attend Wednesday's memorial service for ex-teammate Darryl Kile, who died Saturday. ... The Dodgers have won at least 15 games in April, May and June for the first time since 1977. ... Dodgers RHP Darren Dreifort threw to live batters for the first time since his elbow surgery last July 9, drawing a large crowd that included team chairman and CEO Bob Daly, GM Dan Evans and several teammates who applauded and hugged him when the session ended.

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