Jeff Who? Martinez Knocks in Five

Ramon Martinez, who has been tagged with he traditional "good glove, no hit", at least for one afternoon made Los Angeles fans forget that Jeff Kent was unable to play because of injuries. Martinez had a memorable Memorial Day, cracking out three hits, including a three-run homer, and adding five RBI to allow the Dodgers to cool off the Braves with an 12-5 win in Atlanta.

The Braves just returned from extending their winning streak to a season-high five games with a sweep of the Cubs in Chicago, taking the final game 13-12 in which they hit a team record eight home runs in the 11-inning victory.

Los Angeles jumped on Atlanta starter John Thomson early. scoring seven times before he could record his fifth out of the game. They had help in the massacre, using three Braves errors in the first inning to score four times, then adding three in the second.

Singles by Rafael Furcal and Kenny Lofton opened the flood gates and the next five batters couldn't get the ball out of the infield but all five reached base. Nomar Garciaparra beat out an infield hit to push over the first run. J.D. Drew lived on an error to make it 2-0 and Matt Kemp hit into a force at second.

Willy Aybar also reached on an error as the third run scored and Russell Martin's sac fly made it 4-0.

In the second inning, Furcal doubled, Lofton beat out a bunt and Garciaparra beat out yet another infield hit to collect his second RBI. Kemp's sac fly allowed a run to score and Ramon Martinez's second single made it 7-0. Another Martinez single in the fourth made it 8-1.

In the meanwhile, starter Brad Penny gave up a single run into the second, then retired eight in a row before the fateful fifth inning.

With one out, the Braves smacked three straight doubles on Penny's first pitch. Then he gave up three straight singles and suddenly Atlanta trailed 8-5 with the tying run at the plate.

Although Penny was two outs from qualifying for the win, Manager Grady Little had seen enough and called for Joe Beimel. The call was a good one as the lefthander ended the inning on a first pitch double play.

Penny stormed into the dugout, furious about being removed. He grabbed a bat from the bat rack and banged the water cooler, although on a scale of 10, with 10 being the Carlos Perez on the water cooler in Dodger Stadium a few years ago, Penny's attack was about a 2.

Not content with that, Penny railed for some minutes at pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Little, with neither of them turning their eyes away from the field to look at him.

Penny had given up nine hits and a season-high five runs in 4 1-3 innings, his shortest start of the year.

Drew opened the sixth with a high infield popup that Marcus Giles lost in the sun for an infield double beside him at second base. Kemp followed with a single to drive in Drew. Martinez hit a three-run drive in the ninth inning for his first homer of the season.

Joe Beimel (2-0) pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning to earn the win. He was followed by Jonathan Broxton, who hit 97 on the speed gun, for two scoreless innings and Danys Baez who worked the ninth without allowing a run.

The Dodgers moved to 29-22 and will meet the Braves twice more on the current six-game road swing.
  Score by innings
Dodgers  430 101 003-12
Atlanta  010 040 000- 5

  Dodgers   ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS   6 2 2 0 .266
Lofton, CF   4 2 3 0 .315
Garparra, 1B 5 2 2 2 .362
Drew, RF     4 1 1 1 .284
Kemp, LF     3 3 2 2 .429
Aybar, 3B    4 1 1 0 .340
Martinez, 2B 4 1 3 5 .354
Martin, C    3 0 0 1 .279
Penny, P     3 0 1 0 .261
Beimel, P    0 0 0 0 .000
Ethier, PH   1 0 0 0 .302
Broxton, P   0 0 0 0 .000
Saenz, PH    1 0 0 0 .308
Baez, P      0 0 0 0 .000
  Totals    38 12 15 11
  Braves    37  5 11  5

  Errors- none.  2B hits- Furcal (6), 
Drew (7). HR- Martinez (1). RBI- 
Garciaparra 2 (34), Drew (36), Martin 
(14), Kemp 2 (2), Martinez 5 (10). 
SF- Martin; Kemp. LOB- Los Angeles 7, 
Atlanta 7. SB- Lofton (11), Kemp (1). 
DP-(Martinez, Furcal and Garciaparra).

  Dodgers       in h r-er bb so era
Penny          4.1 9  5-5  0 1 2.87
Beimel (W,2-0) 1.2 0  0-0  0 0 2.12
Broxton        2.0 1  0-0  2 2 1.12
Baez           1.0 1  0-0  0 0 2.49
  T- 2:54. Att- 41,825.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Kemp, playing in his second major league game, had his first RBI with his second-inning sacrifice fly and his first stolen base following a fourth-inning walk. ... Los Angeles 2B Jeff Kent was held out for the second straight day with a sprained left wrist, but Drew returned after missing two games with a sore shoulder. ... The Dodgers came into the series with two losses in their last three games after winning nine of their previous 11 games. …Aaron Sele is scheduled to start in the second game of the series tonight in Atlanta. His record:
date  w-l score opp       in  h r-er bb so era
May  7 W  10-2 Milwaukee  6.2 5 1-1  1  2 1.36
May 13 ND  5-6 at SFrisco 7.0 5 2-2  2  3 1.98
May 20 W  16-3 Anaheim    6.0 6 2-2  1  3 2.28
May 24 W   7-1 Colorado   7.0 3 0-0  1  5 1.69

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