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Carlos Frias, Jorge De La Rosa & embracing the environment

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers try for a fifth consecutive series win at Coors Field on getaway day against the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon.

The Dodgers have won six of their nine games in Denver this season and 10 of 15 games overall against the Rockies this season. A win on Wednesday would give the Dodgers three series wins in Colorado in one season for the first time since 2009.

Carlos Frias makes his second spot start of the season, in place of Hyun-jin Ryu, hoping his power sinker stays low in the thin air of Coors Field. But Frias is used to pitching in high offensive environments and increased elevation, starting eight times at Isotopes Park, which is no longer the Dodgers' Triple-A home.

Frias put up a 3.93 ERA in eight starts in Albuquerque, lasting at least six innings in each of his last seven Triple-A home starts, with 40 strikeouts and nine walks in 52⅔ innings. Rather than use the environment as a crutch, Frias embraced the challenge, as he explained after a win on July 20.

"I'm not a strikeout pitcher, I'm a ground ball pitcher. I know my role," Frias said. "You have to get a ground ball. You never see a ground ball hit over the fence."

Another pitcher to embrace his environment is Jorge De La Rosa, healthy again with 30 starts in back-to-back years for Colorado after 33 starts total from 2010-12.

De La Rosa, who signed a two-year, $25 million contract extension to stay in Colorado through 2016, is 44-14 with a 4.04 ERA in 80 career starts in Denver, the most wins ever at Coors Field and the third-lowest ERA in Coors Field history (minimum 20 starts).

In the last two seasons the left-hander has been even better at home, 19-3 with a 3.03 ERA in 28 Coors Field starts, with 117 strikeouts and 50 walks in 166⅓ innings.

Game info

Time: 12:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network