DENVER (AP) — Manny Ramirez broke out of a slump with a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Friday night.
Ramirez capped the Dodgers' four-run sixth with his 549th career home run and first at Coors Field, clearing the center field wall and dropping into the visitors bullpen to put the Dodgers on top by a run.
The drive, Ramirez's third of the season but first since April 18, broke a tie with Mike Schmidt for 14th on the all-time list. It also snapped a 43 at-bat homerless streak for the slugger at Coors Field, the most Ramirez had gone without homering at any stadium that he's played in.
Jonathan Broxton, the last of five Dodgers' pitchers, got three outs for his 12th save in 14 chances, helping the Dodgers end the Rockies' season-high five-game winning streak.
A homer by Matt Kemp leading off the fifth ended Jeff Francis' run of 16 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings and the Dodgers broke through to chase him in the sixth, when they sent 10 batters to the plate.
Jamey Carroll drew a leadoff walk and Garret Anderson, batting for Dodgers starter Carlos Monasterios (2-0), doubled before Rafael Furcal's sacrifice fly pulled the Dodgers to 4-2. Russell Martin followed with a run-scoring double and then Ramirez connected, breaking out of a 10-for-49 skid and chasing Francis (1-1), who allowed five runs on five hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Monasterios, a rookie making his second career start — he got his first big league win as a reliever on April 24 at Washington — gave up four runs, two earned, in five innings.
Carlos Gonzalez singled to lead off the first and Seth Smith's grounder to first base got past Ronnie Belliard for an error. After a two-out intentional walk to Brad Hawpe, Monasterios sent a wild pitch over the head of catcher Martin, allowing Gonzalez to score from third. Miguel Olivo then hit an RBI single to put the Rockies up 2-0.
Colorado made it 4-0 in the fourth when Olivo tripled and scored on Ian Stewart's sacrifice fly and Clint Barmes hit a home run that survived a replay review. A fan caught the ball behind the left field fence but his glove dropped down over the yellow boundary lining the top of the wall. The umpires ruled the ball had already cleared the fence when the momentum from the catch carried the fan's glove back over the wall.
NOTES: Andre Ethier began a two-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque in Memphis on Friday night, and the Dodgers' OF, barring a setback, was expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list (broken pinky) on Monday, manager Joe Torre said. ... Rockies' LHP Jorge De La Rosa, on the DL with a torn finger tendon on his pitching hand, took the protective tape off and threw from 120 feet and 60 feet. The next step will be to make tosses off a slope. ... The Dodgers recalled LHP Scott Elbert from Albuquerque and made room for him on their roster by designating INF Nick Green for assignment. ... The Rockies have hit at least one homer in a season-high 10 consecutive games.