LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rockies outhit the Dodgers 14-11 and walked away with nothing to show for it. That's the kind of month it's been for a team that is 2-10 on the road in May.
As the calendar soon turns to June, the Rockies won't be catching any kind of break with the schedule. They are 1-6 away from home against NL West teams this season, with each of their next eight games on the road against division opponents.
Ty Wigginton's homer accounted for Colorado's run as the Rockies lost 7-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night, their sixth defeat in seven games.
Wigginton extended his season-long hitting streak to seven games, hitting .346 in the last week.
``Even when we got down, there were baserunners out there and opportunities to get back in it,' Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ``But that big hit just continually seems to elude us right now. We just have to keep fighting our way through it. It's painful, and it gets more painful by the day.'
James Loney had three hits with a homer and three RBIs and Andre Ethier also drove in three runs for the Dodgers.
Chad Billingsley (4-4) allowed one run and a career-high 11 hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked two.
Jason Hammel (3-5) gave up a season-high seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings, struck out two and walked one in his shortest outing of the season. The right-hander is winless since April 30 against Pittsburgh, a span of six starts.
``I'm just going to forget about this one, obviously. A lot of strikes, but a lot of bad strikes,' he said. ``There were some long innings because I wasn't making my putaway pitches good enough. They were still able to handle it and entended those innings.'
The Dodgers took a 4-0 lead in the third. They loaded the bases with no one out on singles by Billingsley and Rafael Furcal and an infield hit by Jamey Carroll. Ethier drove in Billingsley and Furcal with a single up the middle, just beyond the reach of Hammel and diving second baseman Eric Young Jr. Hammel took off his glove and pounded it on the mound in frustration.
``That was a dagger right there. I thought I should have had that, and you saw my reaction,' Hammel said. ``I pride myself on my fielding. That could have changed the whole game. It was a big, big play. I'm very frustrated, along with the whole team.'
Matt Kemp followed with a sacrifice fly to center, with center fielder Dexter Fowler and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez converging on it. The ball touched Gonzalez's glove first and then they collided as the ball dropped, allowing Carroll to score. Loney added an RBI single.
The Rockies scored in the fourth on Wigginton's fourth homer of the season off the first pitch from Billingsley.
``To get 14 hits is obviously a good sign, but I think we need to do it with runners in scoring position,' Troy Tulowitzki said. ``We didn't do a good job. We didn't get the big hit. Hammel didn't have his best outing, but he'll turn that around. When we hit, we're not pitching, and when we pitch, we're not hitting. That's really the tale right now.'
The Dodgers extended their lead to 7-1 in the fifth. Carroll led off with a triple and Ethier had an RBI single. Loney hit a two-out, two-run homer off the first pitch from Hammel, who then walked Rod Barajas before getting yanked.
NOTES: Rockies 1B Todd Helton went 3 for 4 with a walk, tying a season high with three hits for the first time since April 14 against the Mets. ... The Rockies fell to 1-6 on the road against NL West opponents. ... Hammel had tossed at least six innings in each of his previous nine starts. ... The Dodgers have won 8 of their last 11 on Memorial Day, having not played on that day in 2003 and '07. ... Colorado is 11-8 on the holiday.
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