Dodgers Snatch No-Hitter and Game from Martinez

Los Angeles crafted a tidy and economical win over the Mets Sunday afternoon, using only 27 official at-bats and two hits to score two runs while keeping ace Pedro Martinez from the first no hitter in Mets history. Antonio Perez broke up Pedro's no-hitter with one out in the eighth, smacking a long triple, and Jayson Werth followed with line-drive homer. Brad Penny worked a tough, 121-pitch complete game, fighting through a runner at third and one out in the ninth to win his sixth game.

Penny and Martinez matched zeros through the first four innings before Former Dodger minor leaguer Victor Diaz slugged a double and scored on another two-bagger by Gerald Williams. Martinez popped an attempted bunt back to Penny and he converted it into a double play.

Rookie catcher Dioner Navarro caught Miguel Cairo stealing in the fifth inning for the first out. The Mets got singles by David Floyd and Mike Piazza later in the inning but Penny escaped with no damage.

In the meantime, the Dodgers were going down in perfect order, with only a first-inning walk to mar Martinez's performance.

Entering the last of the eighth inning, Ricky Ledee struck out but Perez caught a 1-1 pitch perfectly and lined it off the left-field wall, sailings into third base with a triple, the first L.A. hit of the game and the second base-runner since the first.

Werth sent the 48,055 fans into hysterics when he lined a 4-6-foot drive into the left field seats to give the Dodgers their first lead of the game.

The last of the ninth was worth everyone's money as a tiring Penny battled to close the game out, with Manager Jim Tracy leery of using his battered bullpen.

With one out, Marlon Wright doubled and promptly stole third base. On a 3-2 pitch, Diaz chopped the ball to Perez at second and he nailed Anderson at the plate for the second out.

Pinch-hitter Kazuo Matsui ran the count to 3-2 and on Penny's 121st -- and last -- pitch, swung and missed.

With both San Diego and Arizona losing, the Dodgers moved to within five games of the league lead and two games of the second-place Diamondbacks.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Manager Jim Tracy made a great move Sunday, giving second baseman Jeff Kent the afternoon of to allow consecutive days of rest thanks to Monday's day off. Antonio Perez replaced Kent and his triple in the last of the eighth inning was the first hit for the Dodgers. …Odalis Perez was granted a couple days off to attend to personal matters and he flew to his native Dominican Republic. He will return to make his scheduled start in Atlanta. Injured left-hander Wilson Alvarez also was granted permission fly to his Florida home and skip the club's series in Atlanta. He will rejoin the club for the series against the Florida Marlins later in the week. …Second baseman Travis Denker, who played 25 games for Class A Columbus and two games for Class A Vero Beach, and right-hander Mark Alexander of Vero Beach have been selected as the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for July. … J.D. Drew, in the first season of a five-year deal, has been sidelined since July 4 because of a broken right wrist. He said expects to be activated no sooner than early September and he might play a few minor league games first. The Dodger triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas ends its season Sept. 5. …The Dodgers have an open date Monday before going on the road to play three in Atlanta and three in Florida. Tuesday night Derek Lowe (8-11, 3.97 ERA) will draw the start.

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