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Loney drives in 9 amid 30-run game

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 29, 2006


Dodgers 19, Rockies 11

DENVER - Rookie James Loney's reward for tying Gil Hodges' 56-year-old Dodgers record of nine RBIs in a game? A trip to the bench.

"He had a great day, what can you say?" manager Grady Little said. "He'll be ready the next time we need him, I'm sure."

Subbing for the ailing Nomar Garciaparra, Loney hit two homers, including a grand slam, as Los Angeles kept the pressure on San Diego and Philadelphia.

The Dodgers started the day one game ahead of Philadelphia in the wild-card race and one game behind San Diego in the West.

"We've had a lot of magic over the last two weeks," Loeny said. "Sitting on the bench watching that, I wanted to be a part of that."

Loney hit a grand slam in the second, a two-run double in the third, a run-scoring single in the fifth and a two-run homer in the seventh before striking out in the eighth.

QUOTABLE: "It was like a trip to the dentist and you sit in the chair and he just keeps drilling and drilling and drilling." - Clint Hurdle, Rockies manager on the first five innings