Good Penny Returns

Brad Penny now has won seven of his past eight decisions, nine of his past 11 starts and gave up only one lone run over seven innings, in a 6-1 win over the Angels. The victory snapped the Dodgers' 15-game losing streak in American League ballparks, with their last victory before Friday coming in July of 2004 at Angel Stadium.

Their last victory came in July of 2004 at Angel Stadium. The Dodgers also assured themselves of a winning record against the Angels for the first time since 1999 and just the second time since interleague play started in 1997.

The lone run scored when Kenny Lofton was playing a shallow center field and Juan Rivera drove in the run with a double over his head.

The Dodgers were facing their second Cy Young Award winner. After losing to Minnesota's Johan Santana Wednesday, they thumped Angels starter Bartolo Colon, who was making his third appearance since being reinstated from the disabled list. In those three starts, Colon has given up 11 earned runs and 29 hits.

It was a perfect mix of veterans and rookies that supplied the offense. Veterans J.D. Drew and Jeff Kent each had an RBI, and rookies Russell Martin and Andre Ethier combined for three runs batted in. Two of Ethier's RBI came on a home run in the eighth inning.

The Dodgers have won the first three games of the series at Dodger Stadium in May by a combined score of 31-7. They are two wins away from the first season sweep by either team since they went 4-0 in the first season of interleague play in 1997.

Seven of Brad Penny's nine victories have followed Dodgers losses, and struck out six. He's 9-2 with a 2.94 ERA, the best start of a seven-year career that has included World Series heroics but never an All-Star selection. He was hitting 96 mph with his fastball and got 10 ground-ball outs, many on curveballs.

He received strong defensive help, including a play in the hole and perfect throw from shortstop Rafael Furcal on a grounder by Orlando Cabrera to end a third-inning threat, and a pair of difficult plays by Cesar Izturis, who plays third base like a Gold Glove shortstop.

The Dodgers scored off Colon in the second inning when Russell Martin doubled home Matt Kemp, and they added three runs in a third inning that featured doubles by Nomar Garciaparra and Andre Ethier.

Kemp collected seven homers in his first 14 games, and teamed with Ethier it gives the Dodgers a pair outstanding rookie outfielders. Ethier's the top hitting rookie in the league at .333, with five home runs in 135 at-bats, a .519 slugging percentage and a .383 on-base percentage that trails only Garciaparra and Ramon Martinez on the club.

Kemp broke an 0-for-11 with six strikeouts in Minnesota with a pair of hits. Garciaparra had a pair of doubles to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, scored twice and raised his average to .365, which leads the league.

Rookie Jonathan Broxton followed Penny with a scoreless inning and Danys Baez added a scoreless inning of his own to close out the win.
  Score by innings
Dodgers 013 000 020-6
Angels  000 100 000-1

  Dodgers      ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS      5 0 1 0 .259
Lofton, CF      5 1 2 0 .293
  Cruz, RF      0 0 0 0 .229
Garciaparra, 1B 4 2 2 0 .365
Drew, DH        4 0 1 1  .282
Kent, 2B        4 1 1 1  .270
Ethier, LF      4 1 3 2  .333
Kemp, RF-CF     4 1 2 0  .304
Izturis, 3B     4 0 0 0  .250
Martin, C       4 0 1 1  .293
  Totals       38 6 13 5
  Anaheim      34 1  8 1

  2B- Martin (9), Garciaparra 
2 (22), Ethier (8). HR- 
Ethier (5). RBI- Martin 
(34), Drew (47), Kent (41), 
Ethier 2 (22). LOB- Los 
Angeles 5, Anaheim 7. CS- 
Izturis (1). DP- (Izturis, 
Kent and Garciaparra).
 
  Dodgers       in h r-er bb so era
Penny (W,9-2)  7.0 7  1-1 0 6 2.94
Baez           1.0 0  0-0 0 0 4.20
Broxton        1.0 1  0-0 0 0 2.78
  T- 2:24. Att- 44,233.
DePo Joins Padres-- Former Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta will officially return to baseball on July 13 when he joins the front office of the San Diego Padres. Fired by the Dodgers Oct. 29 after less than two years on the job, will assume the newly created position of special assistant to baseball operations and will report directly to Padres chief executive officer Sandy Alderson.

Dodger Blue Notes--Dodgers closer Eric Gagne, who was supposed to begin his throwing program by playing catch before Friday's game, was a no-show at Angel Stadium. He wasn't ready yet. Manager Grady Little said. "Anytime you get word like that, it's a setback." …Catcher Toby Hall and pitcher Mark Hendrickson, acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay, will make their Dodgers debuts together today. …Colletti sidestepped questions about his rumored interest in either trading for or signing former Dodger Jeff Weaver, who was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday. If they traded for him, the Dodgers would have to pick up at least part of the remainder of Weaver's $8.35 million salary. …Ricky Ledee (groin muscle) is expected to start a Minor League injury rehab assignment next week. Jason Repko (ankle) said he's running straight ahead at nearly full speed, and his rehab assignment will probably start after the All-Star break. Brett Tomko said his oblique muscle had improved considerably in the past two days. Little is not considering moving Tomko to the bullpen, although it has been discussed as an option when he's fully recovered.

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