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Dodgers edge Rockies to extend lead

VICENTE Padilla enjoyed a strong start in his season debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers as the National League West leaders overhauled the Colorado Rockies 3-2 in Denver on Thursday to push their divisional lead to four games.

Acquired last week from the Texas Rangers, Padilla needed just 80 pitches over five innings to take the win in the rubber match of the three-game series.

The in-form Rockies (72-56) pulled within two games of Los Angeles after winning the series opener on Tuesday, but the Dodgers' (76-52) hit back with two straight wins to put some distance between their nearest challengers.

"There was no panicking," Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp told reporters. "We came in here and made a statement. Every team hits a bump in the road where nothing is going your way, but you have to snap out of it."

Four Los Angeles relievers combined to weave through trouble and closer Jonathan Broxton earned his 28th save by striking out the final two batters of the game to leave a man stranded on second base.

Elsewhere in the NL, it was: Mets 10, Marlins 3; Reds 8, Brewers 5; Astros 4, Cardinals 3; Nationals 5, Cubs 4; Pirates 3, Phillies 2; Braves 9, Padres 1; and Diamondbacks 11, Giants 0.

In the American League, it was: Rangers 7, Yankees 2; Indians 5, Orioles 4; White Sox 9, Red Sox 5; Royals 8, Mariners 4; and Athletics 2, Angels 0.

In Denver, shortstop Rafael Furcal delivered the game-winning RBI single in the sixth to score Orlando Hudson. Kemp went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in the first where the team took a 2-0 advantage.

Colorado responded with two runs of its own in the third on an RBI triple from Seth Smith and a game-tying single by Troy Tulowitzki.

Tulowitzki, who had the game-winning hit in the 10th inning of the series opener on Tuesday, made three hits to support Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa (12-9), who took the loss despite striking out seven hitters over seven innings.

The Rockies had their chances with runners in scoring positions in the sixth and seventh, but bullpen hurlers Kyo Hong-chih, Ramon Troncoso and George Sherrill helped close out the win for Padilla.


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