Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Colorado leads 2-0 (as of 9/26)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 25
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LA Dodgers7
Game 2: Wednesday, September 26
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LA Dodgers0
Game 3: Thursday, September 27
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Rockies 2

(86-72, 38-42 away)

Dodgers 0

(80-78, 41-36 home)

    10:10 PM ET, September 26, 2007

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    COL 002000000 2 5 0
    LA 000000000 0 8 0

    W: J. Fogg (10-9)

    L: D. Lowe (12-14)

    S: M. Corpas (18)

    Rockies roll, win club-record 10th straight behind Fogg

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: Forget the wild card. The Rockies' franchise-record 10th straight win kept them tied with the Phillies -- one game back of the Padres in the wild card -- but Colorado is now only two games behind the D-backs for the West lead.

    • Turning point: The Rockies took a 2-0 lead against Derek Lowe in the third on a one-out double by Yorvit Torrealba and two-out singles by Kaz Matsui, Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday.

    Josh Fogg
    Fogg

    • Hero: Josh Fogg threw 6 2/3 sharp innings, but he was facing a Dodgers lineup with five September callups.

    • Hunt for October: The Rockies have been to the playoffs just once in their 15 years of existence, as the wild card in 1995.

    • Figure this: The Rockies, now a franchise-record 14 games over .500 (86-72), won nine in a row once before -- from Aug. 26-Sept. 5, 1997.

    • Quotable: "We're embracing it and having fun." -- Fogg on the pennant race

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Rockies 2, Dodgers 0

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Josh Fogg is finally getting to pitch in meaningful games in September for the first time in a major-league career that began in 2000.

    Most of his teammates are competing for a postseason berth for the first time as well.

    Rocky Start, Big Finish
    Josh Fogg has had a lot to do with the Rockies' amazing finish, turning his season around in September. Here are his last two months:
    Aug.
    Sept.
    Starts65
    W-L2-33-0
    ERA5.883.25
    K's per 92.95.9

    "We're embracing it and having fun," Fogg said after allowing five hits over 6 2/3 innings in Colorado's 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night, extending the Rockies' winning streak to a franchise-record 10 games.

    "For the most part, this team came up together," Fogg said. "Every game's important right now. The way we've been playing, you want to go out there and continue the roll."

    Colorado remained tied with Philadelphia, one game behind San Diego in the NL wild-card race. The Rockies moved within two games of the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks with four games to play.

    "The goal we set coming out of spring training was to win the division," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've never turned our back on that. The only thing we can do is come out and win tomorrow.

    "There's an urgency to play well, that's all they're doing. They're playing to win. They're having a blast."

    The Rockies won despite being held hitless by Derek Lowe (12-14) and two relievers after the third inning, when they scored the game's only two runs.

    Half of Colorado's wins in the streak have come over the Dodgers, who have lost nine of 10 to fall out of contention. The Rockies, now a franchise-record 14 games over .500 (86-72), won nine in a row once before -- from Aug. 26-Sept. 5, 1997.

    "It came at a very good time," Hurdle said of the streak. "That's another thing this team has been able to accomplish."

    Fogg (10-9) walked three and struck out five to record his first victory over the Dodgers since Aug. 6, 2002, when he was pitching for Pittsburgh.

    Fogg faced a lineup that included Chin-Lung Hu, Delwyn Young, Andy LaRoche, Chad Moeller and Wilson Valdez -- all September callups. They were a combined 2-for-16 with four strikeouts, with Young getting both hits.


    Division Magic Numbers
    MLB
    The magic number is derived by adding one to the number of remaining games and subtracting the number of games ahead in the loss column from the second-place team. Here's where the leaders stand:
    AL EAST
    x-Red Sox2
    AL CENTRAL
    x-IndiansWon division
    AL WEST
    x-AngelsWon division
    NL EAST
    Mets4
    NL CENTRAL
    Cubs3
    NL WEST
    D-backs4
    x-clinched playoff spot

    Fogg, a 30-year-old right-hander, didn't have to deal with the likes of Jeff Kent, Rafael Furcal, Luis Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Nomar Garciaparra and Russell Martin.

    "I think that's kind of what we've become accustomed to over the last couple of days," Lowe said of the lineup. "I'm not the manager, but I don't really see why it would change over the last four games. So whoever's pitching that day I think is probably going to see that same lineup."

    Fogg had been ineffective in two previous starts against the Dodgers this season, allowing 16 hits and nine earned runs in 11 2/3 innings.

    Fogg was relieved by Jeremy Affeldt after allowing a two-out single by pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney in the seventh. Affeldt retired Juan Pierre on a grounder to second.

    Brian Fuentes worked the eighth for the Rockies, and Manny Corpas allowed two infield hits with two outs in the ninth before getting Pierre to hit into a forceout for his 18th save in 21 chances.

    The Rockies scored their runs in the third on a one-out double by Yorvit Torrealba and two-out singles by Kaz Matsui, Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday, who picked up his NL-leading 132nd RBI. Matsui had two hits in his previous 19 at-bats.

    The Rockies didn't get another baserunner until Holliday drew a one-out walk from Takashi Saito in the ninth. Todd Helton then grounded into an inning-ending double play.

    Lowe retired his last 13 batters before being lifted for a pinch hitter after allowing five hits and two runs in seven innings. He walked none and struck out seven.

    Young, who hit his first big-league homer Tuesday night, tripled with two outs in the first. He was the only Los Angeles player to get past first base until Andre Ethier doubled to start the fifth. Ethier was then called out for interfering with Tulowitzki while he was trying to take third on Moeller's grounder to short.

    Fogg issued two-out walks to Young, James Loney and LaRoche in the sixth -- his only walks of the game -- before striking out Ethier to end the inning.

    Young was robbed of a hit with one out in the eighth when Tulowitzki went deep in the hole to field his grounder and made an off-balance throw to first.

    "You'll never see a better play by a shortstop, and I played with Ozzie Smith," Hurdle said. "That's as good a play as a shortstop can make."

    Game notes


    The Rockies have committed a major-league low 65 errors through 158 games. Baltimore ranks second with 76. Pittsburgh's 81 errors are the second-fewest in the NL. ... Injured Los Angeles INFs Furcal, Kent and Tony Abreu are all listed as day-to-day. Furcal, bothered by a stiff lower back, missed his eighth straight game. ... The Rockies are 48-30 since a season-high eight-game losing streak in late June. Their 68-45 record since May 21 is the best in the NL, and ranks second in the majors behind the Yankees' 71-44 mark. ... Helton singled in the second to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He has reached base safely via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 27 straight games.

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