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LHP Drew Pomeranz, who gets the nod against the Dodgers on Thursday, has started three times in his career (all last season) against L.A., compiling an 0-1 mark with a 3.68 ERA. Pomeranz was 8-1 at Triple-A Colorado Springs before being called up. However, he has been knocked around in his two big-league starts, lasting 4 1/3 and four innings in losses to the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks.
OF Charlie Blackmon, who was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday, had two hits and drove in a career-tying two runs, including the game-winner, to spark the Rockies to a 5-4 decision over the Padres on Wednesday night. "I'm very thankful that the Rockies got enough faith in me to put me in this position (and) to have an opportunity," said Blackmon, who also robbed the Padres of a run by diving and snagging a sinking liner to center by Mark Kotsay in the sixth. "I'm just blessed to be healthy and be here, and it really feels good to help be a part of a team win."
LHP Jorge De La Rosa worked five-plus innings, allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and four strikeouts. De La Rosa (9-5) pitched four strong innings before struggling in the fifth and sixth. Two of his walks occurred in the fifth, and he issued a pass to Chase Headley in the sixth before slugger Carlos Quentin followed with his 11th home run of the season. "He was waiting for that pitch," said De La Rosa, who won his sixth consecutive game over the Padres covering a span of eight starts and is 3-0 with 1.88 ERA in four starts at Petco Park.
SS Troy Tulowitzki, who went 3-for-3 with a run in a rehab start Tuesday night at Triple-A Colorado Springs, will rejoin the club in L.A., where the Rockies begin a four-game series against the Dodgers on Thursday. Tulowitzki will be re-evaluated there, manager Walt Weiss said Wednesday, and the club will determine when he will return. Tulowitzki has been on the disabled list since June 14 with a fractured rib on his right side.
OF Carlos Gonzalez returned to the lineup Wednesday night after missing two games with an injury to the middle finger on his right hand. Gonzalez went 1-for-5 in the victory.
OF Dexter Fowler, who went 0-for-3 with two walks in a rehab start Tuesday night at Triple-A Colorado Springs, will rejoin the Rockies when they begin a four-game series against the Dodgers in L.A. Fowler has been on the disabled list since July 2 (retroactive to June 26) with a bone bruise in his right hand. "I'm expecting to be ready to go," manager Walt Weiss said.