Rockies look for breakthrough vs. Dodgers

Rockies look for breakthrough vs. Dodgers

DENVER -- Though the Rockies entered Friday riding high on a five-game winning streak, the Dodgers -- who open a three-game set in Colorado -- have been the Rockies' buzzkills in blue.

"This is a good test for us because we struggled against them last year," starting pitcher Aaron Cook said. "We played a couple good games against them in L.A. earlier this season, and now we need to get after it and keep proving to ourselves that we can do it."

The Dodgers handled the Rockies last season. Los Angeles beat Colorado in 14 of the 18 meetings in 2009, including seven of the nine games at Coors Field.

The Dodgers also won the first season series of 2010, taking two of three games earlier this month in Los Angeles. Included in that series was Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez's lone loss of the year, in which he gave up one run over seven innings.

With the help of right fielder Brad Hawpe, who missed the series three weeks ago but is a career .353 hitter with 20 homers and 75 RBIs against LA, the Rockies hope to make it six wins in a row on Friday.

"We know how to play against them just like we know how to play against anybody else, and if we perform up to our capability, we can beat them just like anybody else," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "But sitting here and talking about it and doing it are two different things. We have to go between the lines and do something about it because the season series a year ago was extremely lopsided.