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MLB: LA Dodgers 8, Colorado 7

April 26, 2008 at 7:02 AM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, April 26 (UPI) -- Russell Martin drove in the winning run on a 13th inning fly, boosting the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-7 win over the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles.

Matt Kemp used a fielding error in the 13th by shortstop Clint Barmes to advance to third on a single by Gary Bennett.

After Chan Ho Park grounded out, Taylor Buchholz walked James Loney to load the bases. Martin then hit a ball to right field that gave Kemp time to cross the plate.

Martin drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who have won two of their last three contests.

"The only time I didn't reach base was when I drove in the winning run, which is okay," Martin said. "We've lost a couple of close games, so it was time we won one like this."

The Rockies tied the score 7-7 in the ninth inning on a Scott Podsednik double that brought in Ryan Spilborghs, who had walked, forcing the game into extra innings.

Third baseman Nomar Garciaparra suffered a calf injury on the play and was replaced by Martin, making his first major league appearance at the hot corner.

The game lasted 4 hours, 38 minutes. Chan Ho Park (1-0) got the win for Los Angeles; Takashi Saito took the loss for the Rockies.

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