Five Cardinal Home Runs Dump L.A.

St. Louis mauled starter Brad Penny, scoring six times in his two-inning stint on the mound, and ran away with an 11-1 victory, smacking five homers in the bargain. Closer Takashi Saito saw his first action of the spring, working a scoreless inning.

The James Loney in the outfield experiment got off to a bad start with the youngster losing a pair of fly balls in the sun and misplaying a catchable line drive into a double.

But Loney left no doubt his bat is of major league quality, lining out there hits in three trips and boosting his average to .467.

The Dodgers had two-hit innings in the first, second and fourth innings and had four walks n the sixth but came up with only one run and left 13 on base.

The Cardinals, cheered on by a large contingent of fans, thumped Penny early for seven hits and six runs, including a home run and leaving him a bloated 13.50 ERA.

Hong-Chih Kuo surrendered a homer in his two innings of work. Saito and Jon Broxton put up a zero in their inning but Travis Smith served up two long bombs and Augustin Morerro was tagged for a two-run shot.

Chin-hui Tsao threw a scoreless ninth inning and his fastball was constantly clocked at 94 mph.

Los Angeles slips to 4-4 with the loss and will host the Florida Marlins in the first night game of the season Wednesday (tonight)

Second baseman Jeff Kent, who turned 39 yesterday, celebrated his birthday with a single in two trips. Kent has hit more home runs than any second baseman in history by a wide margin. His 319 homers as a two-bagger, give the Bellflower native 42 more big flies than Ryne Sandberg, who had 277.
 Score by innings	
St. Louis	421 000 220-11
Dodgers	        000 001 000- 1

 Dodgers	                ab  r  h  bi ave
Damian Jackson ss-lf	        5  0  0  0  .091
Juan Pierre cf	                3  0  0  0  .333
 Choo Freeman cf	        2  0  0  0  .250
Nomar Garciaparra 1b	        3  0  1  0  .091
 Larry Bigbe rf	                2  0  1  0  .467
Jeff Kent 2b	                2  0  1  0  .500
 Ramon Martinez 2b	        2  0  1  0  .250
 Brad DeWitt ph	                1  0  0  0  .000
Luis Gonzalez lf	        2  1  0  0  .167	
 Chin-Lung Hu ss	        2  0  0  0  .364
Russell Martin c	        2  0  1  0  .100
 A.J. Ellis c	                1  0  0  0  .000
James Loney rf-1b	        3  0  3  0  .421
Mike Liebenthal dh	        3  0  1  1  .125	
Andy LaRoche 3b	                3  0  0  0  .222
  Totals	               36  1  9  1	
  Cardinals	               40 11 12 10

 Errors- LaRoche (3). SF- Liebenthal. 
LOB-Dodgers 13, Cardinals 8.

  Dodgers               in   h  r-er bb so  era
Brad Penny (0-1)	2.0  7  6-6  1  1  13.50
Hong-Chih Kuo	        2.0  1  1-1  2  1   2.25
Takashi Saito	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0   0.00
Jon Broxton	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1   4.50  
Travis Smith	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  11.25
Augustin Montero	1.0  1  2-2  1  2  18.00
Chin-hui Tsao	        1.0  0  0-0  1  0   3.00
 T- 2:51.  T-4,525.
A Nomar Switch to Third?-- Dodger Manager Grady Little, somewhat perturbed by lax play at third base in the early going, said he wouldn't rule out switching Nomar Garciaparra to third base. He had been an all-star shortstop but had played third base for the Cubs in 2005. After seven games, Wilson Betemit is 0-for-9 with two errors and rookie Andy LaRoche and Fernando Tatis also have a pair of boots at the corner. "Grady knows I would do it," Garciaparra told Ken Gurnick of

Beimel Elbow OK-- Reliever Joe Beimel's arm problem seems to have been a tempest in a teapot, or in this case an elbow. He complained the elbow felt "mushy" after his last appearance Monday but doctors, after checking it out, think there might have been some sort of sac in the elbow that had become irritated during the ride to Ft. Myers.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Dodger minor league infielder Travis Denker suffered a broken thumb and is wearing a cast on his hand. Doctors will examine it again in a week and surgery may be necessary. Denker smacked 16 home runs and knocked in 70 runs while playing for Columbus and Vero Beach last season. …Hong-Chih Kuo started Game 2 of the National League Division Series in 2006 against the Mets at Shea Stadium with only one career victory under his belt, which he notched on September 8 against the Mets. Kuo tied Ted Power of the 1990 Cincinnati Reds for the second-fewest regular-season victories by a pitcher starting a postseason game. The record-holder, Virgil Trucks of the 1945 Tigers (0-0 record in 1 regular-season appearance), was a late-season returnee from World War II.