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MLB: LA Dodgers 6, Colorado 4

By
MIKE RABUN

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Jeff Kent opened a five-run second inning with a homer Friday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers fought off Colorado, 6-4.

The Dodgers have fallen from first to fourth place in the National League West, with 13 losses in one 18-game stretch, but they pulled out a much-needed victory over the Rockies despite a second straight ninth-inning scare.

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Los Angeles took a four-run lead into the ninth with Scott Proctor on the mound. Proctor, however, gave up a two-run homer to Garrett Atkins -- forcing closer Takashi Saito into the game for the second consecutive night to settle things down.

Saito retired the last two batters for his 32nd save.

Eric Stults (1-1) was recalled from Class AAA Las Vegas to make the start for the Dodgers, and he got the win by allowing two runs on two hits in seven innings.

Josh Fogg (7-8) took the loss while giving up six runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Los Angeles batted around in the first, with Juan Pierre contributing a two-run single.

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