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COL@LAD: Pomeranz strikes out seven over four innings

LOS ANGELES -- After a dismal nine-game homestand, in which they went 1-8, the Rockies started their six-game road trip out on the right foot, beating the Dodgers, 2-0, on Monday at Dodger Stadium in front of 32,659.

Four pitchers held the Dodgers to five hits, with Adam Ottavino (3-1) earning the win after throwing three scoreless innings in relief of starter Drew Pomeranz. It marked just the team's second shutout victory of the season.

"I am very pleased with the way we pitched tonight. We had it throughout the entire game," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Although I would have liked to have seen Drew command his pitches a little better to lengthen him out, his velocity was explosive and something we've been working hard at.

"Ottavino was terrifice, and then Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt after were great and really thrive in pressure situations like tonight. To shut this club out isn't an easy thing to do, especially with the lineup they are throwing out there, but we did."

The Rockies got on the board in the first inning after singles by Eric Young and Jordan Pacheco put runners on the corners, before a sacrifice fly by Carlos Gonzalez gave them a 1-0 lead.

Colorado tacked on another run in the third with three straight singles, beginning with Young, who scored another run on a Pacheco single.

However, Colorado couldn't get more with the bases loaded and one out after Ramon Hernandez grounded into a double play.

"We got hits and took some good at-bats and scratched some runs across," Tracy said.

After the Dodgers belted two straight singles to begin the bottom of the first, Pomeranz settled down, retiring the next three batters to end the threat.

The left-hander got into some trouble in the third inning, walking the first two batters he faced, but he got Matt Kemp to ground into a double play before Hanley Ramirez struck out to end the inning.

"My mechanics weren't the greatest, but I made it work and gave it everything I had," said Pomeranz, who threw 84 pitches in his four innings. "I wish I had thrown a few less pitches, but it happens.

"I threw my off-speed for strikes, but I was little off with my fastball."

Pomeranz got some help from his defense in the fourth with none out, when Gonzalez threw out Juan Rivera trying to stretch a single on a one-hopper from left field.

In all, Pomeranz held the Dodgers to just three hits in four innings. He also struck out seven and walked three. While he has yet to factor into a decision in his two starts against the Dodgers, he has allowed just one run on seven hits in 10 2/3 innings against them.

"It's disappointing, but at the same time Drew and Adam for them just did a great job," Dodgers starter Chris Capuano said. "We had some runners on, but they always seemed to bear down and made some good pitches when they had to. Sometimes you run into a buzz saw and tonight they made some really good pitches."

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Tracy was thrown out for arguing whether Shane Victorino's line drive to center field for the third out of the inning was caught by Dexter Fowler.

It was originally ruled a catch by first-base umpire Mike Estabrook, but the four umpires convened in front of second base as players made their way to the dugouts. The umpires took a few minutes to rule on the play before calling the ball a hit and asking players to return to the field.

"I think I am a pretty tolerant guy, but there is a limit to everything, and quite frankly I think he caught the ball," Tracy said. "No question he caught it."

Belisle made things interesting in the bottom of the eighth, surrendering a single to Kemp and then a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Andre Ethier. However, he struck out Luis Cruz to end the inning.

"We had a couple runs early, and we made it stand up," Tracy said. "It is a good game to win."

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