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CHC@LAD: Billingsley fans seven over seven frames

The Rockies may be 28 games under .500, but they sure haven't played like it in the first two games of their series against the Dodgers.

Colorado's pitching staff has allowed just one run to a talented Dodgers lineup that includes Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez, while the offense has managed to belt out five runs on 21 hits.

Those numbers are a tough pill to swallow for the Dodgers, who are battling the Giants for the top spot in the National League West and sit 1 1/2 games back of San Francisco.

Los Angeles will try to claim the finale against Colorado on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, when Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis takes the hill against Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley.

Francis took his second straight loss on Saturday, allowing six runs on nine hits to the Giants in just 3 2/3 innings.

"In games that I threw well, I'd get away with things here and there -- something would roll my way," Francis said after the start. "I've got to look at it honestly. I'm just not throwing the ball well enough."

While the six runs allowed were the most he's given up since his first start of the season, a win on Wednesday would put him in sole possession of second place on the Rockies' all-time wins list with 59 victories. Aaron Cook is the leader with 72.

Meanwhile, Billingsley will look to keep his momentum going after three fantastic starts since coming off the disabled list.

The right-hander, who has allowed just two runs in 20 1/3 innings during that span, tossed seven solid innings against the Cubs on Friday, surrendering just one run on four hits in seven innings for the win.

"I was able to keep batters off-balance -- they can't sit on one side of the plate," Billingsley said after the start. "I was able to throw good cutters to left-handed hitters. I've been able to string a couple of good starts together and just have to keep it going."

Rockies: Team gets good news on De La Rosa, Chacin
• Colorado got some good news in regards to its pitching staff on Tuesday.

Jorge De La Rosa threw 35 pitches before the Rockies' game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday and worked his changeup into the mix with his fastball for the first time.

"He's progressing, he's moving in the direction we'd like him to go in," manager Jim Tracy said.

Meanwhile, Jhoulys Chacin rebounded from a tough outing with Double-A Tulsa last week with a great performance on Monday night. He allowed two runs on four hits while walking none in five innings.

Dodgers: Uribe to contribute in limited role
• Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that infielder Juan Uribe, who last played Aug. 1, will only see the field if a good matchup or a pinch-hit and double-switch opportunity comes up.

Right now, Mattingly considers Uribe an extra player on the team already with a stable lineup.

"I'm going to play the team that gives us the best chance to win," Mattingly said.

Uribe has appeared in only 10 games since the All-Star break, and most of those appearances have been as a defensive replacement or pinch-hitter late in games.

Worth noting
• Dodgers starter Ted Lilly, who has been on the disabled list with shoulder problems, threw a bullpen session on Monday. Mattingly said he felt good afterward and still hopes to return this season.

• Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario is expected to be behind the plate for Wednesday's game after getting a breather the last two days.

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