The Rockies beat the Dodgers 3-0 tonight at Dodger Stadium. For a full recap and boxscore click here
THE BARE ESSENTIALS:
With Orlando Hudson and Russell Martin both getting a much needed day off, the Dodgers went meekly into the night, managing a season-low two hits against Jason Marquis.
Marquis needed just 86 pitches to finish off a complete-game shutout. He threw 66 strikes.
James Loney and Juan Castro had the only hits for the Dodgers on a pair of singles.
On any other night, Chad Billingsley would have been in line for a win after giving up just three runs on five hits while notching a season-high 11 strikeouts over a season-high 7.2 innings. But with Marquis dealing a gem, Billingsley was the hard-luck loser.
Continuing with the Marquis theme, he added a two-run single with two outs in the seventh to effectively put the game away. Brad Hawpe hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.
The Dodgers were shutout for the fourth time this season and have lost three of their last four games and five of their last seven.
At 14-12, the Dodgers posted their first winning record in June since 2003, when they went 14-11.
On the flip side, they scored 93 runs in 26 games in June, an average of 3.6 per game, after scoring 56 runs in 29 games in May, an average of 5.4 per game. In other words, you can come back anytime now, Manny.
Marquis became the National League’s first 10-game winner and joins Zach Greinke, Roy Halladay, Kevin Slowey, and Tim Wakefield for the Major League lead.
The Dodgers host the Rockies in the series finale at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, sending LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 3.70) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (5-3, 4.21).