LOS ANGELES — A minor injury to Luis Gonzalez turned out to be a major break for the Colorado Rockies.
Aaron Miles, filling in for Gonzalez at second base, drove in the first Colorado run, scored the second, and made a terrific fielding play in the ninth Wednesday night to spark the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles.
The win was the fourth in 12 games for the Rockies, whose 15-43 road record is the worst in the majors. They have won five of their past eight road games.
“He’s a kid from California, his mother and father are in town, those are the things you feed off,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said regarding Miles, whose parents live in San Francisco.
The game was scoreless when pinch hitter Cory Sullivan and Miles hit back-to-back doubles with one out in the eighth off Steve Schmoll (4-3). Matt Holliday hit a two-out double off Yhency Brazoban to drive in Miles with what proved to be the winning run.
“That’s what our season’s come down to now is being spoilers,” Miles said. “It’s great to come in here and get a win. Luckily in the eighth, we got the big pinch hit from Sullivan, I put a good swing on the ball and Matty came through.”
Gonzalez sustained a bruised right index finger when hit by a pitch Tuesday night and sat out the game. He will be re-examined Thursday.
“He did OK, he’s the man tonight,” Gonzalez said of Miles.
The Dodgers scored off Mike DeJean in the bottom of the inning Olmedo Saenz’ single.