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Rockies 7, Dodgers 5

July 8, 1999

DENVER (AP) _ Vinny Castilla hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning as the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 Wednesday night.

Kurt Abbott went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer for the Rockies, who have won the first three games of the four-game series.

Mike DeJean (2-3), the third of five Colorado relievers, worked the seventh inning for the win and Dave Veres pitched the ninth for his 14th save.

The Rockies tied it 4-4 on Kirt Manwaring’s double-play grounder in the sixth, then took the lead on Castilla’s 19th homer of the season in the seventh. Following two-out singles by Larry Walker and Dante Bichette, Castilla hit a shot to right-center off Jamie Arnold (1-2).

The Dodgers closed to 7-5 in the eighth when Devon White tripled and scored on Adrian Beltre’s single.

Angel Pena hit a three-run shot for the Dodgers, who have lost 12 of their last 15. It was his first career homer.

Colorado starter Bobby Jones pitched five innings, allowing four runs and six hits. Dodgers starter Carlos Perez, who is winless in his last six starts, gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings.

Perez also hit a solo homer, the fourth of his career.

Colorado took a 1-0 lead on three straight singles in the second inning, including an RBI hit by Manwaring.

Pena and Perez connected for back-to-back homers with two outs in the fourth. Pena hit a hanging slider to dead center with White and Beltre aboard. Two pitches later, Perez homered to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.

Trenidad Hubbard threw Colorado’s Darryl Hamilton out at the plate in the fifth when he tried to score from second on Walker’s single.

Notes: Walker accepted an invitation to take part in the All-Star home run contest. ... Los Angeles has homered in 34 of its last 44 games. ... Dodgers outfielder Gary Sheffield committed his second error of the year.

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