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Lilly limits Braves to one run over seven

If May can be anything like April for the Dodgers, it'll be a good month.

Los Angeles finished the first month of the season atop the National League West thanks to a 16-7 record, the best in the Senior Circuit.

Trying to start the Dodgers off on the right foot in May will be Ted Lilly, who takes the hill against the Rockies on Tuesday at Coors Field.

Having his own slice of success in April, the left-hander went 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three starts.

On Wednesday against the Braves, Lilly tossed seven innings, surrendering only one run on three hits in a no-decision.

Meanwhile, Jhoulys Chacin will get the start for the Rockies, still looking for his first win of the season after four starts.

Chacin struggled with a high pitch count, as he has much of the season, on Wednesday against the Pirates. Tossing 98 pitches in just five innings, the right-hander took the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits.

"I didn't do my job," Chacin said. "I had 80-some pitches when I got to the fifth inning. I need to keep my pitch count down so I can throw more innings."

Dodgers: Coffey activated from DL
The Dodgers on Monday activated right-handed reliever Todd Coffey off the 15-day disabled list after making room for him by optioning pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to Double-A Chattanooga after Sunday's game.

On the DL with right knee inflammation, he pitched the eighth inning of Monday's game, giving up one hit and one walk, while striking out one.

• Juan Rivera was out of the Dodgers' lineup for a fifth consecutive game Monday night, but he pinch-hit in the seventh inning, popping up to shortstop.

Rockies: Outman strong in rehab outing
Rockies left-handed relief pitcher Josh Outman, on a rehab assignment for a right oblique strain, threw a perfect inning and struck out one for Triple-A Colorado Springs in its 5-2 victory at Sacramento on Monday night. He had a similarly successful outing Saturday for Class A Modesto.

Outman suffered the injury late in Spring Training, after finding out he had made the team. He came down with food poisoning, but suffered the injury vomiting.

• Finding his way in the month of April, Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt is 6-for-6 in save opportunities and has a 0.90 ERA in 10 appearances.

"What I'm trying not to do right now is think about it," Betancourt said. "April, May or June, I don't want to think about it. I'm going day by day, doing my job when I'm pitching. If I start thinking about it, it's just too much stuff in my head. There's no reason for that.

Worth noting
• Lilly is one of three left-handed pitchers (CC Sabathia and Mark Buehrle) to record double-digit wins in nine consecutive seasons.

• Matt Kemp is only one of four players in MLB history to finish April with at least a .400 batting average, 10 or more home runs and more than 20 RBIs. The other players were Barry Bonds (2004), Larry Walker (1997) and Tony Perez (1970).

• Todd Helton's 45 career home runs against the Dodgers are his most against any opponent. He has the second-most home runs against the D-backs with 35. Comments