Perez Sparkles in 1-0 Victory Over Phillies

The Dodgers, who have proved they could lose games by a variety of ways, proved they could win games the same way Thursday. After winning 10-2 on Wednesday, they road the strong left arm of Odalis Perez to a 1-0 victory and a series win over the Phillies in an afternoon game. Perez gave up three hits -- the first in the sixth inning -- winning for the first time since April 29. Yhency Brazoban earned the win to tie the Dodger rookie save record (17) set by Steve Howe in 1980.

Perez jammed Philadelphia left-handers all afternoon with near-perfect control. He was making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list after missing 46 games because of soreness in his pitching shoulder, Perez matched his longest outing of the season.

Perez had his no-hit bid spoiled when Endy Chavez hit a hard chopper that bounced over first baseman Olmedo Saenz's head leading off the sixth. Perez struck out Jason Michaels looking to end the inning, and after he threw his bat in disgust, was given the rest of the game off by the plate umpire.

Before late-comers could get into their seats Oscar Robles led off with a double down the right field line and was bunted to third by Cesar Izturis. Jeff Kent's RBI double down the left field line ended the scoring on both sides.

Philadelphia's Jon Lieber matched Perez pitch for pitch from that point on, allowing only five hits himself through eight innings. Both pitchers struck out seven.

Lieber and Phillie stopper Ugueth Urbina, held the Dodger lineup to one hit and a walk over the final six innings, a streak of 21 batters.

Perez set Philadelphia down almost in order over the first five innings, save for a wild-pitch strikeout that eluded catcher Mike Rose in the first and a walk in the fourth that was erased in a double play.

In the seventh with two out, David Bell led off with a single and Ryan Howard singled to center field. Jason Repko gunned Bell down at third to end the inning.

Steve Schmoll took over for Perez in the seventh and fanned the first hitter but Endy Chavez -- who broke up the no-hitter in the sixth -- beat out a bunt. Manager Jim Tracy called for lefty Wilson Alvarez who gave up a walk but then induced Jimmy Rollins to hit into a double play to end the inning.

Yhency Brazoban took over in the ninth, with visions of his blown save in the first game of the series flitting about in everyone's head.

But he nailed the first three batters to face him, striking out slugger Pat Burrell to end the game and record his 17th save of the season.

The Dodgers moved to within a game of second-place Arizona with the win and trail San Diego by seven games as they move into New York on the second, and final, leg of the brief road trip.

Jeff Weaver will open the series on Friday, after seven consecutive quality starts but one victory to show for them. Penny suspended--Brad Penny was suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for "inappropriate and aggressive actions" after he was ejected from his July 14 start against the Giants. Penny is appealing the suspension, which was scheduled to begin on Friday. The suspension will be held in abeyance until the appeals process is complete, allowing Penny to make his next scheduled start against the Mets in New York on Sunday. Penny was ejected by plate umpire Rob Drake after being called out at first on a baserunning mistake. As Penny headed toward the Dodgers dugout, he threw his helmet, made a comment about first-base umpire Alfonso Marquez and was ejected by Drake.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Philadelphia beat Washington on July 9 in the other 1-0 game at its ballpark. …Jason Phillips was given a day off after catching nine straight games and his replacement, Mike Rose, made the move look like a good one, singling and doubling on his first two trips to the plate. Phillips was also nursing a bruised left knee after fouling a pitch off of it Thursday night. …Derek Lowe spotted a flaw while watching game video and credits the adjustments he made to his improved command in Wednesday night's game. Lowe explained that the improper setup position of his hands at the beginning of his windup and stretch resulted in his flying open with his lead shoulder.

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