Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Los Angeles won 3-1

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 1

(38-41, 13-25 away)

Dodgers 7

(49-29, 27-15 home)

    9:10 PM ET, June 27, 2002

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: O. Daal (6-3)

    L: D. Neagle (4-5)

    Green smacks 22nd homer in past 34 games

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pitching and power have carried the Los Angeles Dodgers to the top of the NL West, and those two ingredients keyed their latest win over the Colorado Rockies.

    Shawn Green

    Reuters

    Shawn Green helps the Dodgers increase their lead in the NL West.

    "Things are going our way now,'' said Marquis Grissom, who hit one of three homers for the Dodgers in Thursday night's 7-1 victory.

    "We're not really looking at the standings, and there's a long way to go. But we've got a good feeling. We're trying to win every series.''

    The victory, coupled with Arizona's loss to Houston, gave Los Angeles a 2½-game lead in the division.

    Shawn Green hit his 22nd home run in 34 games, and Brian Jordan and Grissom added back-to-back shots for the Dodgers.

    Omar Daal (6-3) held the Rockies to one run in six innings. He gave up four hits, including Gary Bennett's homer in the fifth. He struck out three and walked two.

    The Dodgers went up 6-0 with a four-run fourth inning, and manager Jim Tracy liked the fact that gave him some leeway with his pitchers.

    "Our offense and Omar Daal afforded us an opportunity to get work for some (relievers) who needed it, and rest for others who needed that,'' Tracy said.

    He used relievers Giovanni Carrara, Jesse Orosco, Guillermo Mota and Terry Mulholland over the last three innings, and they didn't allow a run.

    The Dodgers rocked Denny Neagle (4-5) for six runs on seven hits in four innings.

    Green drove a 1-0 pitch over the wall in center in the first inning to continue his comeback from a dismal start that saw him hit only three homers in his first 44 games this year. The homer off Neagle gave him 25 for the season.

    "He has his holes, but when he's going as hot as he's going right now, it's hard to find them,'' Neagle said.

    Jordan hit his 12th homer, a two-run shot in the fourth to give Los Angeles a 4-0 lead. Grissom followed with his 10th homer. Daal then got his first hit of the season after going 0-for-12, doubling home Mark Grudzielanek.

    Paul Lo Duca singled home two runs.

    The Dodgers, at 49-29, are 20 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 29, 1996, when they were 90-70.

    Winning three of four games against Colorado, the Dodgers now have won nine straight series and 11 of their last 12.

    Colorado's Todd Helton, who came into the series leading the league in hitting at .351, went 2-for-13 in the four games, dropping him to .342.

    After the game, Helton said his back has been sore for the past several days. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.

    "It's a problem, but it's not anything I can't deal with,'' he said. "I'll just have treatments and hopefully it will get better.

    "It was sore coming into the series. But what do you do? You keep playing.''

    Los Angeles starting pitchers gave up a total of just seven hits in three wins over the Rockies, who came into Dodger Stadium as the top hitting team in majors. Odalis Perez pitched a one-hitter in a 4-0 win Tuesday, Hideo Nomo allowed two hits in a 5-3 victory Wednesday, then Daal held Colorado to four hits.

    "We got manhandled the last three days,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

    Game notes


    Neagle is 0-3 with an 8.04 ERA in his last five starts. ... Daal became the third consecutive starting pitcher for the Dodgers to hit a double against the Rockies. ... Hurdle is incredulous over the absence of RF and three-time batting champ Larry Walker among the top 15 outfielders in the fan All-Star balloting. "It's a nice opportunity for the fans to become involved, but when Larry Walker's not one of the top 15 vote-getters in the outfield -- and Armando Rios is still ahead of Shawn Green, that's when it becomes a little ludicrous.'' Hurdle also said he plans to use Walker as the DH during this weekend's series in Seattle. ... Tracy was selected as one of Bob Brenly's coaches for the All-Star Game, joining Montreal's Frank Robinson.

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