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LAD@ARI: Capuano fans five through six strong frames

When the Rockies and Dodgers meet, two of the game's superstars usually collide.

But when the clubs meet Friday to open a weekend set in Colorado, the matchup's focus will shift to how the teams react to the loss of their superstars.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (strained left groin) and Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (strained left hamstring) were placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, leaving their respective teams shorthanded moving forward.

Kemp's injury was particularly frustrating as he was just two games into a return from a DL stint for the same hamstring early this year.

The Dodgers went 9-5 without Kemp the last time he was on the DL but enter Friday night riding a season-long four-game losing streak as they embark on a 10-game road trip.

"It should be a good time for us and a challenging time," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's a part of time where you really find out what kind of club you are. I think we were able to find out we were pretty resilient for a couple of weeks when Matt was out and guys stepped up and did their thing, and we're going to have to do it again. You learn more about a team and what kind of character they have and if we are going to bend and not break and we'll see what happens."

For Tulowitzki, his injury came when he felt a sharp pain in the groin -- which had been bothering him since the first series of the season in Houston -- while sprinting out of the batter's box during a sixth-inning groundout in Wednesday night's 13-5 victory over the Astros.

"In a best-case scenario [with Tulowitzki], we're looking at five or six days, and I don't like that at all, especially because of the type of injury that we're dealing with," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "I saw Matt Kemp walk off for the second time in two weeks with the same [hamstring] injury. A complete tear of either a hamstring or a groin is pretty much two, 2 1/2 months, something like that. I don't want to visit that."

On the mound for the Dodgers for Friday's series opener will be lefty Chris Capuano (7-1). The 33-year-old is coming off a strong outing against the Astros, tossing seven two-hit innings and allowing just one run in a 5-1 victory.

For the Rockies, who trail the first-place Dodgers by 10 1/2 games, it will be fellow lefty Josh Outman, who will get his first start of the season after moving from the bullpen when Jamie Moyer was designated for assignment.

"I say this with respect, but I'd like to think my velocity is a little better than Jamie's," Outman said. "His game was what it was for him. He located the ball so well, made hitters hit the ball how he wanted them to hit it. I'm not as finesse; I try to go after hitters and make them put the ball in play."

Rockies: Fowler rolling
In his last four games, all Rockies wins against the Astros, outfielder Dexter Fowler has 10 hits, two home runs and six RBIs.

"I'm just believing in myself a little bit more," Fowler said. "I have some confidence and some experience. All that together makes for a good streak."

Through his first four Major League seasons, Fowler had never hit more than six homers. But this season, it's taken him 46 games to hit eight.

"I always had the power in me," Fowler said. "I just had to get to know my swing and better utilize my strength."

Dodgers: Lilly set for MRI on Friday
Left-hander Ted Lilly, who hit the disabled list on May 24 with shoulder inflammation, said he will have an MRI exam Friday to see if he will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip.

"My belief is pretty optimistic that it's not going to be something that is going to keep me out for a real long time," Lilly said.

Lilly has been taking anti-inflammatory medication for an injury he said he first felt after winning a May 18 start against St. Louis, and again after his first loss of the year in Arizona on May 24.

Lilly began the season on the DL and returned April 14. He's 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA.

Worth noting
• The Dodgers were swept for the first time this season and also for the first time ever by the Brewers on Thursday. Before Milwaukee did it this week to the club, Los Angeles had not been swept in a four-game set at home since Aug. 9-12, 1993, by the Rockies.

• Carlos Gonzalez leads the NL in total bases with 124. Comments