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Dodgers Regain Control Of NL West

Superb pitching and some timely hitting propelled the Dodgers to a 3-2 win to take the pivotal three game series, leaving Denver with a four-game lead over the Rockies.

Vicente Padilla pitched well in his Dodger debut, allowing two runs over his five innings, becoming the 20th Dodger to earn a victory this season, a club record.  He was supported by a mammoth two-run homer in the first by Matt Kemp, and a two-out RBI single by Rafael Furcal in the top of the sixth to give the Dodgers the lead.

The ball was then turned over to the Dodger bullpen, which meant lights out for the Rockies.  The killer quartet of Hong-Chih Kuo, Ramon Troncoso, George Sherrill, and Jonathan Broxton combined to get the final 12 outs of the game, allowing five hits while striking out seven.

The Dodger pitching has been awesome this month, with a 3.16 ERA, and they have allowed three runs or less in 10 of their last 11 games.

The Dodgers have won 12 of 15 games against Colorado this season.

WP - Vicente Padilla (9-6):  5 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

LP - Jorge De La Rosa (12-9):  7 IP, 8 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts

Sv - Jonathan Broxton (28):  1.1 IP, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts

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