Penny Tops Mets 8-6 For His 12th Win

An 11-hit attack that included three doubles and a home run helped Penny and the Dodger bullpen pitched just well enough to allow the Dodgers to temporarily moved into sole possession of first place, pending the San Diego-Philadelphia game later in the evening.

Brad Penny stumbled a bit but became the first Dodger to begin the year 12-1 since Phil Regan went 14-1 in 1966. Three other Dodgers have started out 11-1: Sandy Koufax (1966), Doug Rau (1977) and Rick Rhoden (1976).

The two-time all-start surrendered four runs in the first three innings, two of them earned, but then settled in to allow only two more hits before leaving the game in the seventh.

Joe Beimel and Jonathan Broxton, who earned the save, finished out the game. Broxton retired all five Mets he faced on an economical 18 pitches.

Matt Kemp, hitting in the eighth slot in the lineup, slugged a three-run shot in a five-run fourth inning that helped erase the Mets early 4-0 lead. Kemp also added a single and Juan Pierre and Andre Ethier also had two with a RBI each and Russell Martin tacked on his 65 ribbie of the season.

The Mets jumped on Penny for two runs in the second, helped by Andre Ethier's error in left field, then David Wright slugged a two-run homer in the second to quickly build a 4-0 lead.

The Dodgers got on the books in the third when Penny banged his fourth double of the season and Juan Pierre singled him home, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.

Then, almost in a blink of an eye, Los Angeles savaged Mets starter P.J. Sosa. Held to a pair of hits the first three innings, the nailed up a "five" as James Loney, Wilson Betemit and Ethier (RBI), singled in succession. Penny flew out to deep left, Rafael Furcal bounced a double over the right field wall and Pierre scored him with another double to right.

Ethier came into the game batting .444 in July (16-for-36), the second-highest average in the Majors behind Cleveland?s Ryan Garko (.455) among players with a minimum of 30 at-bats.

L.A. added two more in the sixth when Kemp singled, Furcal beat out a bunt, Pierre was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Martin hit into a force play at second. Kemp scored on the force and when the second baseman Ruben Gotay threw the ball away Furcal also scored.

Penny left in the seventh with one out and runners on first and third having thrown 111 pitches. Joe Beimel came in to coax Paul Lo Duca into hitting into a double play to end the threat and the inning.

However, in the eighth, Gotay singled and Carlos Beltran homered to deep left field to cut the Dodger margin to 8-6. Jonathan Broxton hurried into the game and struck out Wright and Delgado to end the inning.

When Broxton went to the mound in the ninth inning, it answered the question about the availability of stopper Takashi Saito. Manager Grady Little has stopped identifying his available relievers to the media before the game anymore because it tips off the other team. Saito could not pitch Friday night due to a stiff shoulder.

Broxton wasted no time at all in retiring the final three Mets to record his second save of the season.
 Score by innings
New York	022 000 020-6
Los Angeles	001 502 00x-8

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	5  2  2  0  .283
Pierre cf	4  0  2  2  .290
Martin c	4  0  0  1  .307
Kent 2b	        4  0  1  0  .284
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Garciaparra 3b	0  0  0  0  .000
Loney 1b	4  1  1  0  .365
Betemit 3b	2  1  1  0  .242
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
Ethier lf	4  1  1  1  .298
Kemp rf	        4  2  2  3  .381
Penny p	        2  1  1  0  .263
 Martinez 2b	1  0  0  0  .151
   Totals	34 8 11 7
   New York	32 6  8 6

 Error- Ethier (). 2B- Penny (4), Furcal (18), Pierre
(15).  HR- Kent (4). S-Penny. RBI- Pierre 2 (25), Ethier
(42), Kemp 3 (23), Martin (65). LOB- Los Angeles 6,
New York 2. DP- Kent, Furcal and Loney; Furcal and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Penny	        6.1  6  4-3  2  5  2.42
Beimel  	1.0  2  2-2  0  0  3.64
Broxton	        1.2  0  0-0  0  0  2.58
 WP- Penny. HBP- Pierre. T-2:57. Att- 49,124.
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