Francis seeking more home success

Francis seeks to keep the hot hand at Coors

The Rockies are taking on National League West opponents for the first time since mid-May, and Tuesday is their second of four games against the Dodgers. Colorado is 2-5 against Los Angeles this year, 2-2 at Coors Field.

Colorado stranded 10 runners and went 1-for-12 with men in scoring position in Monday's opener, letting go of a three-run lead in a 4-3 loss in 11 innings.

Rookie Jeff Francis, 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last two outings, will start for the Rockies. Francis stymied the NL Central-leading Cardinals his last time out, going six innings and giving up three singles while striking out six.

Francis leads the staff and NL rookies in wins. He is 7-1 lifetime at Coors Field, with a 3.29 ERA in nine starts. This year, he is 5-1 at home with a 3.50 ERA. Francis faced the Dodgers at home in April, giving up six hits and three runs in six innings.

The Dodgers will start Odalis Perez, making his first appearance since May 14 due to left shoulder soreness. He went six innings, giving up three runs and five hits against Atlanta his last time out. Perez struggled at Coors Field earlier this year, allowing eight runs (seven earned) and 10 hits in five innings.

Pitching matchup
LAD: LHP Odalis Perez
• 4-4, 4.50 ERA in 2005
• 1-1, 6.00 ERA in 2005 vs. COL

COL: LHP Jeff Francis
• 7-5, 5.01 ERA in 2005
• 0-0, 4.50 ERA in 2005 vs. LAD

Player to watch
Preston Wilson is 2-for-6 (.333) against Perez this year, with a double, homer and four RBIs. Wilson went 1-for-5 on Monday, with an RBI triple, but struck out three times.

"If you want to close games, you've got to play better. You've gotta do some of those little things: gotta close out the seventh inning, gotta get runners in from third with less than two outs. If you don't do those things, they come back to haunt you." -- Rockies manager Clint Hurdle

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• LAD: KFWB 980 AM; KWKW 1330 AM (Español)
• COL: KOA 850 AM

Quick hits
The Rockies are 4-10 on the Fourth of July, and 14-9 all-time in home fireworks games. ... Todd Helton has a hit in 13 of his last 14 games. ... Aaron Miles had three hits on Monday, the first time he's done that since May 18. ... Monday night's crowd of 48,538 was the second sellout of the season, and the Rockies' largest of the year. ... Colorado is 16-24 in games decided by two runs or less. ... Since the 2002 All-Star break, the Rockies are 5-24 in extra-inning games. ... Rockies pitchers struck out 12 on Monday night, equaling a season high.

On deck
• Wednesday: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m. MT
• Thursday: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:05 p.m. MT
• Friday: vs. San Diego, 7:05 p.m. MT

Michael Gluskin is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.