Series: Game 1 of 3

Colorado leads 1-0 (as of 4/20)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 20
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 21
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Game 3: Thursday, April 22
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in 6

Dodgers 1

(9-4, 5-2 away)

Rockies 7

(6-7, 3-1 home)

    9:05 PM ET, April 20, 2004

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: J. Kennedy (2-0)

    L: K. Ishii (2-1)

    Kennedy strikes out seven

    DENVER (AP) -- Joe Kennedy is reaping the rewards for taking a simpler approach to pitching.

    Kennedy pitched seven strong innings, Vinny Castilla homered and drove in two runs and the Colorado Rockies ended the Los Angeles Dodgers' five-game winning streak with a 7-1 victory Tuesday night.

    "Last year I thought about a lot more things than this year," Kennedy said. "I am just going out there and taking it pitch by pitch and not getting too far ahead of myself.

    "I kept the ball down and they put up some runs for me," Kennedy added. "I was able to settle in, get comfortable and throw strikes."

    Charles Johnson and Jeromy Burnitz hit back-to-back homers in the second inning as Colorado won for the second time in five games. Royce Clayton added a two-run single for the Rockies.

    Kennedy (2-0) struck out seven and allowed six hits in winning consecutive starts for the first time since July 30 and Aug. 4, 2002.

    "I think it's way too early to say he (Kennedy) has this park figured out," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He has been very consistent, and again, he stayed out in the middle of the plate, two-seamed his fastball, four-seamed it, he was able to control their bat speed the entire ball game."

    Kazuhisa Ishii lasted only four innings, giving up seven runs and eight hits for the Dodgers (9-4), who are off to their best start since they opened the 1981 season 11-2.

    "My breaking balls and pitches weren't that bad," Ishii said after his shortest outing of the year. "I made good pitches and they hit them."

    The Rockies went up 2-0 when Johnson and Burnitz homered leading off the second. It was Johnson's third career home run off Ishii (2-1), while Burnitz became the 10th player to hit a home run into the third deck in right field. Just 21 home runs have reached the third level.

    Colorado extended its lead to 5-0 in the third inning on Todd Helton's one-out RBI single to left. Castilla followed with a line home run to left.

    Clayton's two-out single to left scored Kit Pellow and Matt Holliday, who walked leading off the fourth for Colorado.

    The Dodgers put two on with consecutive two-out infield singles in the sixth, but Kennedy got Paul Lo Duca to bounce out to first.

    Adrian Beltre homered off Kennedy just inside the foul pole in right with one out in the seventh to make it 7-1. It was his fifth homer of the season.

    "Just too many runs in the early part of the game," Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. "And too big a mountain to have to climb over tonight."

    Game notes

    Beltre has 18 career home runs against Colorado. ... OF Preston Wilson began rehab a day after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. ... Colorado began a season-long 12-game homestand. ... Johnson has three career homers off Ishii.

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