Eleven Runs in Last Three Innings Sinks Dodgers

CINCINNATI, OhioFor the second night in a row a Dodger starting pitcher was nearly perfect through five innings. Brad Penny was riding a 10-run first on Friday night on the banks of the Ohio and collected his second win of the season. However, Derek Lowe had a 3-0 lead but ran into a buzz saw in the sixth inning, quickly giving up six hits and six runs before Duaner Sanchez could be rushed into the game and the Reds cruised from that point, taking an 11-3 decision.

Lowe (2-3)worked four hitless innings, allowing only a double in the fifth. But the Reds went single, single, double, single to cut the lead to 3-2. Two more hits and a one-out homer gave Cincinnati a 6-3 lead and Lowe the rest of the afternoon off.

Sanchez got out of the sixth but was tagged for a run in the seventh before giving away to Kelly Wunsch, who gave up a double to runs the Reds' lead to 8-3.

Steve Schmoll came in to pitch the eighth and contributed an error and allowed a couple singles that accounted for three runs, two of them earned. Wilson Alvarez got the last two outs but by that time is wasn't very important.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the first on a walk to Hee-Seop Choi and singles by JD Drew and Jeff Kent. But the Reds averted another first-inning disaster when Milton Bradley popped up and Ricky Ledee lofted a soft fly to center.

In the second, Choi singled with one out and Drew banged his fifth homer of the season into the right field seats. Newcomer Mike Edwards, who started at third base, tripled to open the fourth and scored on Paul Bako's sacrifice bunt that he beat out for a single and the Dodgers' final RBI.

Los Angeles batters went south at that point, collecting only four harmless singles the final six innings of the game. Edwards added a single later in the game and joined Drew with a pair of hits.

Cesar Izturis was 0-for-5 and since fouling a ball off his foot in the final game of the Dodger homestand against Washington, has gone 1-for-9.

Dodger Blue Notes--Stopper Eric Gagne was given a ticket for Las Vegas, where he'll begin his rehabilitation stint. He is scheduled to pitch for the first time on Sunday and make three appearances with a day of rest in between. Hopefully, he is scheduled to rejoin the Dodgers during their next homestand against Atlanta and Florida. … Mike Edwards made his first start as a Dodger on Saturday. He started at third base and was batting seventh. With a right-hander Cincinnati, he collected a triple and a single. … Antonio Perez, on the disabled list since April 9 with a hamstring injury, played nine innings for Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday just a day after being hit in the head by a pitch. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a sacrifice bunt. … Jayson Werth made his first appearance of his rehab at Vegas. He played eight innings and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a fly to center. Werth did experience some soreness in his wrist. … The Dodgers meet the Reds in a nationally-televised game on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball with Jeff Weaver on the mound. The Dodgers then travel to St. Louis where for a four-game series against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.