Dodgers rally for 6-1 win over Rockies

BETH HARRIS - AP Sports Writer
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CORRECTS INNING TO SEVENTH, NOT EIGHTH - Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp, left, is congratulated by Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly after he hit a solo home run during the seventh inning of their baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in Los Angeles. The home run marked the 30th of the season for Kemp. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully had the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans feeling good even before the team's six-run rally in the seventh inning.

The Hall of Fame broadcaster told television viewers Friday night that he will return to the broadcast booth for his record 63rd year in 2012, brightening an otherwise dreary season for the bankrupt franchise.

"The winning and losing doesn't bother me," he told reporters in a stadium elevator after the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-1. "It's just a love of people. I just don't know what I would do (otherwise)."

Scully, who turns 84 in November, calls all nine innnigs of the team's TV broadcasts and the first three innings of his games are simulcast on radio. He works all the home games and select road games.

"My barometer has always been goosebumps," Scully said, citing plays made by Rockies third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff that excited him. "It's a meaningless game, but it still thrilled me. It's still there. As long as it's still there."

Scully held up some chocolate chip cookies on the air sent to him by a woman in Woodland Hills and joked that they were clearly a bribe to get him to return. He said he decided a week ago after discussing it with his wife.

"That's good," slugger Matt Kemp said after being informed of Scully's announcement. "He's the face of the Dodgers. He's seen it all. If he was to leave, I think everyone would miss that voice."

Winning pitcher Ted Lilly called Scully "a franchise player."

"There are a lot of us who are very excited to hear it," he said.

Scully shared his news with viewers at the start of the sixth inning. One inning later, the Dodgers exploded for six runs, helped by two balks from Rockies pitchers.

Aaron Miles scored the tying run on a balk by Esmil Rogers, and James Loney and Kemp followed a second balk with consecutive homers in the inning.

Lilly (8-13) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one to win for the first time since July 29 against Arizona. The only run that came off the left-hander was Carlos Gonzalez's 24th homer on the first pitch with two outs in the first inning.

"I felt great. No excuses today," said Lilly, who had acupuncture to ease a stiff neck. "I got away with a few more mistakes, pitches they didn't hit hard. (Catcher) Rod (Barajas) had a pretty good feel of what I was trying to do. That helps."

Rogers (6-3) took a four-hitter and a 1-0 lead into the seventh before the Dodgers loaded the bases with no one out. Andre Ethier tried to score on a fly ball to center by Jamey Carroll, but was tagged out by Elizer Alfonzo after running through third base coach Tim Wallach's stop sign.

Lilly was pinch-hit for by Tony Gwynn Jr., who was intentionally walked. Miles, the runner at third, faked as if he was going home, causing Rogers to balk for the first time this season.

Rogers threw up his arms in anger and manger Jim Tracy came out to argue with third base umpire Bob Davidson to no avail. Justin Sellers followed with a two-run single that chased Rogers.

"He started his windup and he maybe saw the runner when he came up and paused for a brief second," Tracy said. "But the realization there is, with bases loaded and two outs, he's not going to steal home trailing 1-0. This guy (Miles) doesn't run like Tony Gwynn Jr. or somebody like that."

Matt Reynolds picked off Sellers at first as he made a break for second, but also was called for a balk by plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, who ejected Tracy in the ensuing argument.

"It's not for me to sit here and end up criticizing or putting yourself in a (potentially awkward) position with the umpires," Tracy said. "The call (on the second balk) was made, I didn't understand it. I'll leave it at that."

Loney followed with his seventh homer, a two-run shot to center field, before Kemp hit his 30th, making him the second Dodger to reach 30 homers and 30 stolen bases. He joins Raul Mondesi, who did it in 1997 and 1999.

Kemp became the fastest player in Dodgers history to reach the marks, doing so in 130 games. He ended the day with a .323 batting average, 30 homers and 98 RBIs.

"It's special to me," he said. "I'm happy I got to do it here in LA with fans that have supported me. Still got a month to go, try to add onto that."

Notes: Dodgers RHP Kenley Jansen made his first appearance since July 26 when he was hospitalized after that game with an irregular heartbeat. He allowed two hits over two scoreless innings. ... The game was delayed by 10 minutes because the umpires arrived late after being stuck behind a fatal freeway accident. ... RHP Huston Street returned to Colorado's bullpen Friday after coming off the disabled list, along with RHP Matt Lindstrom. Tracy said RHP Rafael Betancourt would remain the team's closer for now. The Rockies optioned relievers J.C. Romero and Josh Roenicke to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room on the roster. ... Gonzalez's homer extended his hitting streak to 13 games and gave him 10 in a row with an RBI, tying a club record. ... The Dodgers opened a stretch of 24 games in 24 days Friday that concludes Sept. 18 at home. ... Colorado's Kevin Millwood (1-1) faces the Dodgers' Chad Billingsley (10-10) in Saturday afternoon's game.