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Arenado hits first big-league home run

The Associated Press - Published: April 30, 2013

LOS ANGELES - Nolan Arenado hit his first major league home run, and Wilin Rosario and Dexter Fowler also homered, as the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-2 on Monday night.

Arenado, one of the Rockies' top prospects playing in his second big league game, had his first three hits. His two-run homer in the fourth made it 12-0.

Tyler Chatwood (1-0) shut out the Dodgers over six innings, striking out five with no walks. He also had three hits and two RBIs.

Dodgers starter Ted Lilly (0-1) was finished after three innings, allowing five runs (four earned) and eight hits. Josh Wall fared even worse, giving up seven runs and eight hits in two innings. The Dodgers used five relievers in all, including utility infielder Skip Schumaker, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers.

The Rockies were playing without cleanup hitter and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, taking a day off with a sore left shoulder. They didn't miss the All-Star, jumping on Lilly in the first inning. The first four batters hit the ball hard.

Fowler led off with a homer, Jordan Pacheco singled and Carlos Gonzalez doubled. Rosario followed with a three-run homer to make it 4-0 before Lilly could retire a batter.

Lilly was making just his second start of the season since returning from offseason shoulder surgery. He fared better his first time out, giving up one run and six hits in five innings of what became a 7-3 loss to the Mets.

Lilly came into the game 10-2 against the Rockies in 14 career starts, including six consecutive victories.

Lilly walked Fowler to force home a run in the third.

The Rockies scored five runs off Wall in the fourth inning, which included a two-run single by Chatwood, his third hit of the game. And when Pacheco had the fifth hit of the inning - a two-run double - the Rockies led 10-0.

In the fourth inning, Chatwood hit Matt Kemp with a pitch that appeared to deflect off the earflap of Kemp's helmet. Kemp went down, but was able to stay in the game. He immediately went first to third on a single by Andre Ethier, but was left stranded there as Chatwood struck out Skip Schumaker and got Luis Cruz to hit into a force play.

NOTES: Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb) was activated from the disabled list Monday and could start Tuesday, which happens to be Hanley Ramirez bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium. Ramirez got his first at-bat of the season in Monday's game, coming up as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. He struck out. ... In order to make room on the roster for Ramirez, the Dodgers placed pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the bereavement list. ... Fowler extended his hitting streak to eight straight with his fifth career leadoff home run. ... Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano, on the disabled list since April 17 with a strained left calf, with begin a rehab assignment at Class-AAA Albuquerque on Wednesday.

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