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.
LHP Odalis Perez
4-4, 4.50 ERA in 2005
1-1, 6.00 ERA in 2005 vs. COL
COL: LHP Jeff Francis
Player to watch
7-5, 5.01 ERA in 2005
0-0, 4.50 ERA in 2005 vs. LAD
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.
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"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
Official game notes
LAD: KFWB 980 AM; KWKW 1330 AM (Español)
COL: KOA 850 AM
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.
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