DENVER (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers took over the NL wild-card lead with an 11-4 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night fueled by the power of Nomar Garciaparra and Marlon Anderson and the timely hitting of Russell Martin.

Garciaparra homered and drove in three runs. Martin drove in four runs with a bases-loaded triple and a 15-foot run-scoring single and Greg Maddux won his 332nd career game.

Anderson singled, doubled and homered for the Dodgers, who moved a game ahead of Philadelphia, which lost 4-3 at Washington, in the wild-card race. They’re two games behind San Diego in the NL West race.

Maddux (14-14) allowed three earned runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts in six innings.

The best part about the rout for L.A. was that Maddux threw just 76 pitches, so manager Grady Little can bring him back on short rest this weekend at San Francisco, if needed.

Maddux was staked to a 3-0 lead before he even took the mound when Los Angeles scored three times in a wild first inning in which the Rockies committed an error and had a mental miscue and right-hander Jason Jennings surrendered two bloop singles and a 15-foot RBI single with the bases loaded.

Rafael Furcal led off with a bloop single to center, stole second and scored on Kenny Lofton’s triple down the right-field line. Garciaparra followed with a bloop single to center to score Lofton.

Jeff Kent reached on an error by second baseman Kaz Matsui, who booted the ball twice. J.D. Drew walked to load the bases and Russell Martin dribbled a ball in front of the plate.

Rookie catcher Chris Iannetta didn’t chase down the ball and Jennings had to try to field it and tag out Garciaparra, and he overran the ball as Garciaparra scored easily.

After Garrett Atkins hit his 28th homer in the third inning, Garciaparra hit his 20th homer in the fifth, a two-run shot following a walk to Lofton. Kent then drew a walk and came around to score on Marlon Anderson’s double down the right-field line.

Jennings (9-13) allowed six runs, five of them earned, on nine hits and five walks in five innings.

The bullpen faired even worse. Tom Martin allowed three earned runs in 2-3 of an inning and Nate Field gave up two more runs, both earned, in 1-3 of an inning.

The Dodgers scored all six runs with two outs. Martin’s bases-loaded triple made it 9-1 and chased Martin. Field had a wild pitch that allowed Martin to score, then served up a 437-foot shot into the upper deck by Anderson that made it 11-1.

The Rockies got two runs back in the bottom of the inning on a groundout by Matt Holliday and an RBI single by Brad Hawpe, who also hit a solo homer in the ninth.

Notes: Dodgers RHP Chad Billingsley was moved to the bullpen for the Colorado series. … Rockies RHP Ubaldo Jimenez made his major league debut in the eighth, surrendering two singles and recording an out when Wilson Betemit’s comebacker bounced off him right to first baseman Todd Helton.

AP-ES-09-26-06 2318EDT


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