Penny Allows One Hit in Six

Perhaps tired of the rookies getting all the ink, the Dodger veterans took over Saturday afternoon and combined for nine hits, five runs and four RBI as Brad Penny stifled the Phillies 8-2. Penny allowed one hit through six and Tim Hamulak and Jonathan Broxton allowed them only one more hit in the game while fanning 14 of them. Los Angeles moved to 32-24 with the win, winning 20 of the last 26.

Brad Penny pitched six strong innings, striking out seven and making certain he would not be pulled from the game before he could register a victory, unlike his last start when he went 4 2/3 innings, one out short of the win.

Overall the Dodgers slammed 14 hits, with Nomar Garciaparra collecting three of them, including a pair of doubles. J.D. Drew doubled and singled and Rafe Furcal had a pair of singles.

But the kids did all right in their own right with Matt Kemp homering in his third straight game and Willy Aybar and Joel Guzman knocking in runs.

The Dodgers led off the first with three straight singles from Furcal, Cruz and Garciaparra. Drew followed with a double to drive in two runs and Aybar knocked in one with a ground ball and Guzman dropped a soft single over the second baseman's head to make it 4-0 after one.

In the sixth, Cruz Jr. doubled down the left-field line to score Russell Martin who had walked. Garciaparra's second double of the game and 18th of the season, allowed Cruz to cross the plate.

Kemp's two-run shot over the center field wall made it 8-0 in the seventh inning and pretty much sealed the victory.

Penny (6-1) didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the fourth inning. He struck out seven and walked four. Hamulak fanned the side in the seventh but got himself into trouble in the eighth, walking he leadoff man and after a fielder's choice, balked him to third and wild pitched him home.

Broxton nailed the final hitter with a strikeout in the eighth and then fanned two more in the ninth while walking three.

Dodger pitching nearly walked as many (9) as they struck out (14).

Odalis Replaces Seo-- The search continues as Dodgers manager Grady Little decided to move Jae Seo from the starting rotation to the bullpen, and put Odalis Perez back his usual starting role. Perez will make his first start since May 2 Wednesday against the Braves. Little said the decision had more to do with Perez's performance in relief against the Braves than Seo's last couple outing that were subpar.
  Score by innings
Philadelphia 000 000 020-2
Dodgers      400 200 20x-8

  Dodgers      ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS      5 1 2 0 .260
Cruz, LF        3 2 2 1 .241
Garciaparra, 1B 5 1 3 1 .369
Drew, RF        5 2 2 2 .283
Kemp, CF        4 1 1 2 .350
Aybar, 2B       4 0 1 1 .318
Guzman 3B       3 0 1 1 .250
Martin, C       3 1 1 0 .268
Penny, P        1 0 1 0 .292
Ethier, PH      1 0 0 0 .300
Hamulack, P     1 0 0 0 .000
Broxton, P      0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals     35 8 14 8
    Phillies   29 2  2 1

  Error- Furcal. 2B- Drew 2 (9), Garciaparra
2 (18), Cruz (10). HR- Kemp (3). RBI- Drew 
2 (42), Aybar (16), Guzman, J (2), Cruz (11), 
Garciaparra (38), Kemp 2 (8). S- Penny. 
LOB- Dodgers 8, Phillies 9. DP- (Aybar, 
Furcal and Garciaparra).

  Dodgers       in h r-er bb so era
Penny (W, 6-1) 6.0 1  0-0  4 7 2.62
Hamulack       1.2 1  2-2  2 4 6.57
Broxton        1.1 0  0-0  3 3 0.93
  WP- Hamulack. Balk- Hamulack.
T- 2:56. Att- 46,561.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Los Angeles hoped to extend its home winning streak to eight, the longest since April 24-May 15m 1994. …Closer Eric Gagne experienced some tightness after his first performances of the year Friday. but Little said it's nothing out of the ordinary, especially considering the right-hander had not thrown in a Major League game since June 12, 2005, due to a pair of surgeries on his right elbow. …Nomar Garciaparra tied Eric Karros with 28 runs batted in in May, the club record. …The Dodgers have been hot at the plate, and the team has won 11 of its last 15 games and 19 of the last 25. The offense went into the third game of the series against Philadelphia first in the National League, leading all NL teams in batting average (.277), runs (304), hits (524), RBI (296) and on-base percentage (.360). …In the fourth and final game of the series with Philadelphia, Aaron Sele (3-0, 2.20) will take the mound against Brett Myers (4-2, 2.80) this afternoon.