DENVER, CO - AUGUST 21: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies is congratulated by Mark Ellis #14 at home plate after hitting a home run off of Chad Billingsley #58 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Coors Field on August 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Colorado Rockies Snap Sunday Losing Streak, Defeat Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-3

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Colorado Rockies End Sunday Losing Streak With 5-3 Victory Over Los Angeles Dodgers

The curse of Alan Johnson has come to an end for the Colorado Rockies. For the last 17 Sundays, the Rockies have lost the day's game. Johnson, making a spot start for his major league debut, pitched in that day's victory. It hasn't been a good few months for the Rockies on Sunday since then--until this Sunday.

The Rockies picked up the 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on the strength of a Kevin Millwood start and a couple of home runs. Millwood (1-1, 4.50 ERA) threw seven innings, allowing three runs on a solo homer and an RBI double to James Loney and a Matt Kemp RBI double. Millwood also came up with a catch on a line drive up the middle to help preserve the game.

The Rockies surprisingly scored their five runs on just three hits, a first in franchise history. Carlos Gonzalez hit his 21st home run in the bottom of the first for the 2-0 lead; however, Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley (10-10, 4.12 ERA) shut down the Rockies for the next 11 batters before issuing a leadoff walk to Seth Smith in the bottom of the fifth.

Billingsley issued two more walks over the next two innings, but didn't allow another hit until Seth Smith hit his 14th homer of the season, a two-run shot to put the Rockies back in the lead, 4-3. Troy Tulowitzki added a sacrifice fly in the eighth for cushioning.

Chris Nelson came up with a nice defensive grab at third base in the eighth inning, preventing a game-tying RBI double.

The Rockies (60-68, 32-33 home) stay at Coors Field to start the week, hosting the Houston Astros for three games. Brett Myers and Jhoulys Chacin are the scheduled starters for Monday.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Kevin Millwood, Chad Billingsley Toe The Rubber On Sunday

After yesterday's 13-inning marathon at Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers each have a chance to win this weekend series. The Rockies outlasted the Dodgers by coming back from a two-run deficit in the 12th innings and adding the winning run on a Dexter Fowler RBI single in the bottom of the 13th.

Kevin Millwood is making his third start for the Rockies and still looking for his first win with the team. He was denied it in a 3-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds despite making it through seven innings. Against the Marlins, Millwood allowed four runs in six innings, but the Rockies picked up the victory by scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth, capped by a Jason Giambi three-run home run. This will be his first start against the Dodgers since 2002.

Chad Billingsley is making his third start at Coors Field in 2011 and neither one was kind to him. He's allowed 11 runs in eight innings and surrendered 19 hits. This is in line with his career numbers at Coors Field, going 1-5 with a 7.88 ERA in seven career appearances (six starts).

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. MT.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Dexter Fowler Delivers 7-6 Victory For Colorado In 13th Inning

One day after the Colorado Rockies fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-2, the two teams clashed again in a back-and-forth contest all afternoon long. It took extra innings, but the Rockies emerged with the 7-6 victory in the 13th inning.

J.C. Romero threw a scoreless top of the 13th against the Dodgers, giving the Rockies room to breathe in a 6-6 game. In the bottom of the inning, things started off with back-to-back pop outs by Seth Smith and Chris Nelson. But Mark Ellis doubled and Dexter Fowler delivered the game-winning RBI single.

In the 12th inning, tied at four, Aaron Miles came up with just his second home run of the season. Even wilder, Trent Oeltjen followed with an inside-the-park home run. But Todd Helton, who homered (14) in the second inning, delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the inning to bring the game within one. Eliezer Alfonzo tied the game on a ground out.

Eric Young Jr. had a career night. He started the bottom of the first with a walk and then stole second and third base during Carlos Gonzalez's at-bat. He scored on Gonzalez's ground out. He walked again, this time in the third inning, stole second base for a career single-game-best of three stolen bases, and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Gonzalez played Young for a second time. Young clubbed a triple in the fifth, but remained stranded on third base. He singled in Chris Iannetta in the seventh to tie the game at four.

Esmil Rogers wasn't great on the mound, but he did complete six innings, saving the bullpen from another long game. He allowed a two-run single to Juan Rivera in the first inning and two RBI singles in the fourth inning. He struck out five batters, but was at 109 pitches when he exited the game. Rogers could be the next pitcher out of the rotation if he continues to give up runs in bunches. Alex White is already taking Jason Hammel's spot. Might Drew Pomeranz be there for a September move?

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Colorado Rockies Turn To Esmil Rogers On Saturday

The Colorado Rockies were unable to pick up a victory in their first game with the Los Angeles Dodgers, falling to them, 8-2, on Friday night. Jason Hammel gave up six runs in the first three innings while the Rockies' offense was able to score just two runs on Hiroki Kuroda in six innings.

The Rockies will have Esmil Rogers (6-2, 6.00 ERA) on the mound Saturday afternoon, but they will be looking for better things than his Sunday outing against the St. Louis Cardinals. He allowed four runs in five innings on six hits and seven walks. This came after a string of three appearances (two starts) in which he allowed only four runs in 17 innings.

Ted Lilly (7-13, 4.54 ERA) has picked up the loss in his last three starts, but that was due more to his lack of run support than bad pitching. In 21 innings, he allowed just four runs. His offense scored just one run in those starts. On June 11, Lilly allowed one run in five innings for the victory, but his bullpen made him sweat as it allowed six runs over the final two innings of the 11-7 victory.

First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. MT.

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Los Angeles Dodgers Get To Jason Hammel Early, Win 8-2

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jason Hammel just didn't have it on Friday night, picking up the loss in the 8-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He dug a deep hole for the Rockies' offense, which was unable to do much against Hiroki Kuroda.

Hammel (7-12, 5.24 ERA) allowed RBI singles in the first and second inning to put the Rockies down 2-0. He allowed another single in the third innings before Rod Barajas followed with a 3-0 home run, increasing the Dodgers' lead to 6-0. He left the game after three innings.

Carlos Gonzalez singled to right field in the bottom of the third inning to put the Rockies on board, but Tony Gwynn Jr. answered with a home run in the fourth inning off Edgmer Escalona. Escalona pitched four innings of relief and struck out five. He allowed a Matt Kemp RBI single in the seventh inning for the Dodgers' eighth run.

Todd Helton had an RBI ground out in the sixth inning to complete the Rockies' scoring.

The Rockies (58-68, 30-33 home) continue this series on Saturday at 2:10 p.m. MT. Ted Lilly and Esmil Rogers are the scheduled starters.

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Colorado Rockies Host Los Angeles Dodgers For A Weekend Series

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