Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 2-0 (as of 4/10)

Game 1: Friday, April 9
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Game 2: Saturday, April 10
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Game 3: Sunday, April 11
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Rockies 4

(1-4, 1-4 away)

Dodgers 7

(4-1, 4-1 home)

    10:10 PM ET, April 10, 2004

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: H. Nomo (1-1)

    L: D. Stark (0-1)

    S: E. Gagne (1)

    Beltre goes deep twice

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Eric Gagne is going to have a lot more save opportunities this season if Milton Bradley and the Los Angeles Dodgers continue this offensive output.

    Bradley hit his first homer for the Dodgers and Gagne got his first save of the season, leading Los Angeles over the Colorado Rockies 7-4 Saturday night for its fourth straight win.

    "We've been playing such great baseball," Gagne said. "From No. 1 to No. 8 in the lineup, we're just really solid. It's fun to watch. We thought we had everything here, and then Bradley comes in and it makes everyone a lot better. Milton's been swinging the bat really good and we're doing the little things to win."

    Adrian Beltre homered and drove in three runs and Hideo Nomo bounced back nicely from a rough outing on opening day for the Dodgers.

    Nomo (1-1) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings and struck out seven, after giving up seven runs and two homers over five innings last Monday against San Diego in an 8-2 loss.

    "I was pleased with the performance we got from Hideo," manager Jim Tracy said. "I saw better life with his fastball. His split was much more consistent and he had much more command of it tonight than he did in his first start."

    Jeromy Burnitz, who split last season with the Dodgers and New York Mets, hit his first home run for Colorado. But the Rockies lost their fourth straight following an opening day win at Arizona.

    Beltre, who had a career-high 23 homers last season, hit his third in five games in the sixth for a 7-2 cushion after Burnitz went deep in the top of the inning.

    "He's got all the ability in the world," Dodgers hitting coach Tim Wallach said. "I really saw him focus this spring on better pitch selection and not being in a hurry to put the ball in play. His swing is really good right now, and when it is, it's as good as anybody's."

    The Rockies nicked Jose Lima for a pair of runs that sliced the margin to 7-4 in the seventh, then Gagne got out of his own jam in the ninth by inducing Burnitz to ground out with runners on second and third for his first save of the season. It extended his major league-record save streak to 64 in a row since Aug. 28, 2002.

    "I'm not looking for an encore," said Gagne, last year's NL Cy Young winner. "I'm not looking for numbers. I'm just looking to make the playoffs and not sit at home watching the Marlins win it. But it's good to get that first save out of the way. It was a great year last year, and I'm just going to listen to the fans and feed off them again."

    Rockies center fielder Preston Wilson, who hit a career-high 36 homers last season and led the NL with 141 RBI, left the game with a sore left knee after striking out in the third inning.

    "He has a little swelling," manager Clint Hurdle said after the Rockies lost to the Dodgers for the ninth straight time. "He had the same swelling in the spring, and it just flared up. He was going to have tomorrow off, anyway, so there was no sense in having him hobble through it."

    Los Angeles scored in each of the first three innings and built a 6-1 lead against Denny Stark (0-1). Bradley, who joined the Dodgers last Sunday in a trade with Cleveland, drove a 3-1 pitch halfway up the right-field pavilion in the first inning with the bases empty.

    "I'm just trying to get comfortable and find my swing," Bradley said. "It was a good feeling, just to get the team off on the right track."

    Nomo forced in the tying run with a two-out walk with the bases loaded to Aaron Miles in the second, but Los Angeles regained the lead in the bottom half when Paul Lo Duca doubled and scored on Beltre's single.

    Dodgers leadoff hitter Dave Roberts, who stole four bases in Friday night's 5-1 win, triggered a four-run third with a bunt single and a stolen base before Bradley singled him home. Shawn Green and Juan Encarnacion also had RBI singles and Beltre capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

    Game notes


    The Dodgers have had longer winning streaks against nine other teams, including a franchise-record 16-game streak against San Diego (1973-74). ... Rockies C Charles Johnson, who has homered in each of his first three games, did not start. He is 3-for-23 against Nomo with no RBI and 15 strikeouts. ... Saturday was the 42nd anniversary of the first game at Dodger Stadium, which the home team lost 6-3 to Cincinnati. ... Nomo is 9-2 in 16 career starts against the Rockies, including the only no-hitter ever pitched at Coors Field. ... C David Ross, the only player on the Dodgers roster who had yet to get into a game this season, will start Sunday while Lo Duca moves over to left field. It will be the first time the Dodgers will start a different lineup from the one they used on opening day. ... Lo Duca's passed ball in the eighth inning was his fourth -- just two fewer than all of last season.

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