Lowe sensational as Dodgers sweep

Lowe sensational as Dodgers sweep

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers came away from their series against Colorado with a sweep, while Rockies outfielder Dustan Mohr came away with a welt on his back the size of the Yhency Brazoban fastball that drilled him.

The Dodgers did to the Rockies what a first-place team should do to a last-place team, finishing the series with a 2-1 victory on Sunday in which they overcame an anemic offense and a sick starting pitcher.

Derek Lowe got through six innings allowing just one run, while his offense made the least out of the most, scratching out two runs from two bases-loaded situations, with Jeff Kent driving in Cesar Izturis both times.

The output was enough to win this game and enough to take the series, even though the Dodgers were outhit in each game and stranded 10 runners on Sunday.

"Isn't that how the Yankees won 26 World Series?" asked catcher Jason Phillips. "You get every break, you're in the right spot at the right time and you just win."

The Dodger formula almost always relies on a bullpen so deep that it almost hasn't felt the loss of Eric Gagne. On Sunday, Giovanni Carrara pitched 1 2/3 innings, Kelly Wunsch struck out Todd Helton with the tying run on second base in the eighth inning and Brazoban pitched the ninth inning for his eighth save, including the last three games.

And it was an eventful inning for Brazoban.

He walked Brad Hawpe to open the inning. Then pinch-hitter Luis Gonzalez had an eight-pitch at-bat in which he literally threw his bat at the last three pitches, fouling off the first two.

On the third, with Hawpe running on the pitch, Gonzalez missed the ball entirely, the bat sailed out to Brazoban's feet and Gonzalez stepped in front of Phillips as the catcher unleashed his throw to second. Gonzalez was called for interference and Hawpe was ruled out for a double-play.

Next up was Mohr, and on a 1-0 pitch, Brazoban buried a fastball into the numbers on the back of his uniform. Mohr stared Brazoban down as he walked slowly to first base.

With Dodger Jason Repko getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning on Sunday, even the Rockies half-expected the display of hardball when combined with what happened at Coors Field last weekend, when three Dodgers were hit Saturday and four more on Sunday.

"I don't know [if it was intentional]," said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle. "We hit seven of their guys over at our place. You expect no one to get hit here?"

Phillips said that the flying bats were a case of a hitter being "overmatched," and he defended the pitch that hit Mohr as nothing out of the ordinary for an inning that started with a walk and included a wild pitch that moved Mohr to second before Todd Greene's flyout ended the game.

The Dodger offense was gifted seven walks from Colorado starter Shawn Chacon, and four of them figured in the scoring.

Kent singled in Izturis with one out and the bases loaded in the third inning, and Izturis sprinted home for another run on Kent's sacrifice fly to shallow center with no outs in the fifth.

"I got to make something happen. That's why I went," said Izturis. "We had the bases loaded twice and only one run. [Center fielder Cory Sullivan] had to make a perfect throw."

Although Kent is the all-time leader among second basemen in grand slams, he said that he doesn't try to hit them.

"I learned from Eddie Murray, 'Don't be greedy, just get one,'" he said. "Moreso today, in a scrappy game, one thing can make a difference."

Lowe scuffled through six innings and 80 pitches even though he showed up with flu-like symptoms and added a blistered thumb to the list.

"To do the job he did was remarkable," manager Jim Tracy said of Lowe. "If he had felt better, there's no question he would have gone deeper into the game."

The only Rockies runner to score, Aaron Miles, reached base on a third-strike wild pitch in the first inning and scored on a two-out single by Hawpe.

"I don't want to sound like a hero out there," said Lowe, whose ERA is 1.96. "I wasn't throwing as hard as I normally do. You focus on location and changing speeds."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.