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LAD@CIN: Blanton tosses 5 2/3 frames of one-run ball

Sitting three games back of the Cardinals with just five games to play, the Dodgers understand exactly what they have to do to get the final NL playoff spot: win.

They'll look to do just that against the Rockies on Saturday at Dodger Stadium after an 8-0 victory over Colorado on Friday.

However, getting back-to-back wins against the Rockies could be difficult. The Dodgers are just 8-8 against them this season and have lost five of their last eight contests to Colorado.

"It doesn't matter who we are playing at this point," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We've had a lot of trouble with them all year long. They've been giving us trouble from the very beginning of the year, when we were playing good, and then when we haven't been playing good. These are games that we have to win. Who we are playing doesn't really matter."

Joe Blanton gets the nod for the Dodgers and will face off against Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood.

Struggling since joining the Dodgers, Blanton is 1-4 with a 5.57 ERA in nine starts. He allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings of work in his last start, getting a no-decision against the Reds.

Chatwood will go for his sixth win of the season after picking up a victory against the D-backs on Monday.

In earning that victory, the right-hander allowed just two runs on three hits over 5 2/3 innings. It marked his first win since Aug. 28 -- against the Dodgers.

"The thing that was so impressive was the way that [Chatwood] pounded the ball into the strike zone, and pounded it at 94, 95 mph, down in the strike zone, and did it the entire time he was out there," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said after the start. "His ball-strike ratio was terrific [86 pitches, 52 strikes], which is why he got as far into the game as he got."

Rockies: Cuddyer's season ends
• Time has run out for veteran Michael Cuddyer in his attempt to return from an oblique injury this season. However, he continues to workout with the Rockies on their final road trip.

Cuddyer was out for 15 days in August, and played in three games -- hitting a homer in his return -- before re-injuring the oblique.

Cuddyer said he feels healthy enough that if there were time, he could have begun an injury rehab assignment on Friday. Still, he felt he needed to be with the club to end the year.

"I'm out here working," Cuddyer said. "That's what I'm paid to do, to be here and be a teammate. That's what I can do right now. I don't think there's any point in playing in one of these games and being hurt and having to start back from square one for the offseason."

Dodgers: Jarrin sent to Phils to complete Victorino deal
• The Dodgers sent Minor League infielder Stefan Jarrin to the Phillies as the player to be named to complete the July 31 acquisition of veteran outfielder Shane Victorino, the club announced on Friday.

Jarrin, the son of broadcaster Jorge Jarrin and grandson of Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, hit .209 with three homers and nine RBIs in 26 games for the rookie-level Arizona Dodgers.

Reliever Josh Lindblom and Minor League pitcher Ethan Martin were sent to the Phillies in the trade earlier this season.

Worth noting
• Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will play Saturday in an Arizona instructional league game. He had planned on playing Sunday, but the league does not play games that day.

• Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez currently has a 10-game hitting streak, in which he's batting .366 (15-for-41) with a double, two homers and five RBIs. Comments