Penny Not at His Best But Wins 10-6

The old adage goes, "The sun doesn't shine on the same dog all the time; either the sun moves or the dog does." Jeff Penny, certainly not a dog, but the sun shined on him Sunday. He has made 142 major league starts and finally won his first game in which he allowed four or more runs as L.A. clubbed Milwaukee 10-6. Jayson Werth had four hits and missed the cycle by a home run and Jeff Kent banged out hits in each of his first three at-bats, knocking in a run each time.

Penny was saddled with a no-decision in each of his last three starts, while posting a 1.61 earned run average. Sunday, operating well below his par, yielded 11 hits and five runs in 5.1 innings, but the Dodgers gave him ample run support and his third win of the year.

Jeff Kent was 4-for-4 with four RBI, Jayson Werth went 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI and Antonio Perez reached base four times, scoring three runs. He needed 108 pitches to record 16 outs

Kent, who hit safely in his last seven at-bats and is hitting .284 on the season, had his first four-hit game as a Dodger and 12th of his career. Kent destroyed Milwaukee pitching in the four-game series, going 10-for-15 with six RBI, boosting his season RBI total to 44.

The Dodgers banged out 15 hits and drew six walks in only eight offensive innings, batting 15-for-37 against a quartet of Brewers pitchers.

Los Angeles scored four in the third inning on a double by Kent and a two-run triple by Werth. The fourth run scored Werth from third on a wild pitch while the Brewers were attempting to give Mike Rose an intentional walk.

The Brewers had pulled to within three, 6-3, in the top of fifth, but the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in their half of the inning. Mike Edwards banged a bases-loaded single to score two and they added another in the inning for a 9-3 margin.

Giovanni Carrara gave up a home run in the fifth but that was it for the Milwaukee offense as Duaner Sanchez calmed the waters with two scoreless innings to close the game out.

The Dodgers apparently are having trouble handling No. 3 hitters by the name of Lee. Derek Lee of Chicago was 5-for-5 on June 1 against them and Sunday, Carlos Lee had five hits and a pair of RBI.

Lowe (4-5, 3.56 ERA) will face Tigers ace Jeremy Bonderman (6-3, 3.62 ERA) Monday at 7:10 p.m. in the opener of a three-game Interleague set against Detroit.

Dodger Blue Notes--Manager Jim Tracy fielded a different lineup, knowing that Cesar Izturis needed a day off, using Oscar Robles at short, Antonio Perez at second, Jeff Kent at first and Olmedo Saenz at third. The result was to his liking, no errors, 10 runs and 15 hits. …With an open date Thursday, Brad Penny will pitch again next Friday, followed by Derek Lowe on Saturday. Either D.J. Houlton or Derek Thompson will pitch Sunday, June 12. … Playing for Triple-A Las Vegas as he rehabs a right shoulder impingement, Jason Grabowski went 5-for-5 Saturday night. The outfielder was batting 16-for-34 (.471) in 10 games for the 51s through Saturday, with seven doubles, seven RBI, eight walks and nine runs scored.