Rookie Stuffs Dodgers 3-1 in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, California-- Rookie Ervin Santana stiffed the Dodgers 3-1 before a sellout crowd of 44,107. Santana topped tough-luck starter Brad Penny, dropping the Dodgers four games under .500, matching their season-worst. Penny, in what has been a reoccurring theme, allowed only four hits in seven innings, but all four came in the Angels' three-run second inning. Penny ended his evening by retiring the final 12 batters he faced.

With the Angels leading 3-1, the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third. Jayson Werth, who homered in the second inning for the Dodgers' only run of the game, fanned Jayson Werth and got Hee Seop Choi to pop out and end the threat.

Werth had another chance with two on in the eighth, He lined two shots that just hooked foul before ending a 13-pitch at-bat by hitting into a 1-6-3 double play,

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead after Werth's second home run of the season but the Angeles scored three times in their half to end the scoring for the evening.

With luck, the one run might have held up but the Dodgers haven't had much of that commodity this season.

A walk and a high chop off home plate that went for an infield single was followed by a ground ball double just inside third bast that rolled into the left-field corner scored both runners for a 2-1 lead. Then bloop double put the final nail in the Dodgers' coffin and those who came later, saw only outstanding pitching from both sides of the field.

Penny found a groove starting with the final two outs of the second inning, retiring 17 of 18 Angels hitters, allowing only a walk to break up the string.

Manager Jim Tracy's offense actually out-hit the Angeles 9-4 but there are only style points given for hits and the Dodgers are woefully deficient in the bottom line -- one run in two nights against their cross-town rivals.

All four Anaheim hits came in the second. From that point, the next 5.2 innings, Penny did not allow a hit and retired the final 12 batters he faced, but his record dropped to 3-5. He is now winless over his last six -- quality --starts with only one win since May 6.

Tracy, struggling with limited options, moved Jeff Kent up to third, Olmedo Saenz to fourth and dropping Jayson Werth to fifth in the batting order. The last three hitters in the lineup were rookies Mike Edwards, Cody Ross and Mike Rose. They went 2-for-11 with five strikeouts.

The Dodgers were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight. Antonio Perez, whose inability to field a pop on the infield cost the Dodgers the game, had three hits.

The Dodgers are 2-10 on the longest trip of the season that ends Sunday. They've been shut out three times on the trip and held to one run three times. They trail San Diego in the National League West by 5 1/2 games.

Kent went 1-for-4, is batting .291 and leads the club with 14 homers and 55 RBI and has missed only two games, but he'll be watching Sunday, giving starting pitcher Derek Lowe a mind to call in sick.

Lowe stopped the Angels, 6-2, on May 22 at Dodger Stadium, going seven innings and allowing two runs with seven strikeouts. He is 4-4 with a 3.12 ERA lifetime against the Angels, and 0-2 with a 2.49 ERA at Angel Stadium.

Dodger Blue Notes--In the usual *M*A*S*H* report, J.D. Drew won't start Sunday but reported enough improvement in his sore knee to take some swings off a tee. Drew has missed the past four games because of a piece of loose cartilage in his knee that causes him pain when he jogs. …Odalis Perez, who has been out for more than a month with left shoulder soreness, got up to 64 pitches in his third rehabilitation start with Triple-A Las Vegas Saturday night at Tucson, and will make a fourth start for the 51s before being activated. Perez wasn't sharp, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, facing 23 batters in just 4.1 innings. …Outfielder Milton Bradley, disabled since May 30 with a torn finger ligament, started taking practice swings again Saturday. Outfielder Ricky Ledee is still experiencing hamstring tightness and is able to run at only 75 percent. Third baseman Jose Valentin has begun throwing. He is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery.