Penny, who went seven innings, surrendering four hits, striking out two (including his 1,000th Major League K, and walking two before Scott Proctor came on in the eighth.
The game was delayed 18 minutes in the fourth inning when catcher Russell Martin was crossed up and completely missed a pitch from Penny, the fastball smacking home plate umpire Kerwin Danly in the mask. He was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure and is seemingly OK.
"It sounded like he got hit with a Mike Tyson uppercut," said Martin. "I was just hoping he was all right. That ball hit him square in the mask. He probably got a concussion. I was just hoping that he was still breathing. I told him `I'm sorry' a couple of times, but I don't know if he heard me."
Rockies starter Mark Redman allowed all 10 runs in the 13-batter, 45-pitch first inning and stayed in the game. He wound up pitching six innings and didn't give up another run.
Kemp, who had never hit a grand slam and was 1-for-17 with the bases loaded, became just the third player in Los Angeles Dodgers history to record five RBI in an inning by driving in five runs during the Dodgers' 10-run first. He joins Dusty Baker, who turned the trick September 13, 1977 in the second inning vs. San Diego, and Jeff Kent, who accomplished the feat May 6, 2005 in the first inning at Cincinnati.
Penny surrendered a two-run home run to Atkins in the first inning before the Dodgers outburst, all coming with two out.
Kemp drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly, Andruw Jones walked with the bases loaded. Blake DeWitt, fresh up from Las Vegas, broke his bat on a two-run single to right. Penny lined an RBI single, Rafael Furcal doubled and Juan Pierre was hit on the elbow by a pitch before Kemp punctuated the inning with his jackpot homer.
Redman allowed only one hit after the first inning -— Penny's second single of the game.
"I was just looking for a pitch to drive," Kemp said later, "The first grand slam (in 172 major league games) was pretty exciting and it helped us get some momentum."
Asked what was working for him, Penny said, "The offense!"
Right-handed reliever Jose Capellan came on for the Rockies in the seventh, and gave up the Dodgers' 11th run on Delwyn Young's pinch-hit single.
The Dodgers improved to 11-13 and have a chance to complete their first three-game sweep of the season today. They finally picked up a game in the standings when San Diego beat Arizona and now hold second place by themselves, six behind the Snakes.
Score by innings Colorado 200 001 000- 3 Los Angeles 00 000 01x-11 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 5 1 1 1 .357 Pierre lf 3 2 1 0 .260 Kemp rf-cf 4 1 1 5 .284 Kent 2b 4 1 1 0 .286 Hu 2b 0 0 0 0 .250 Martin c 3 2 1 0 .278 Loney 1b 3 1 1 0 .301 Jones cf 1 1 0 1 .167 Young ph-rf 1 0 1 1 .333 DeWitt 3b 4 1 1 2 .256 Penny p 3 1 2 1 .308 Sweeney ph 1 0 0 0 .063 Proctor p 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 32 11 10 11 Colorado 31 3 5 3 2b hits- Furcal (10), Martin (5). HR- Kemp (2). RBI- Kemp 5 (11), Jones (4), DeWitt 2 (7), Penny (2), Furcal (10), Young (2), SF- Kemp. SB- Pierre (6). LOB- Los Angeles 4, Colorado 4. DP- DeWitt, Kemp and Loney. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Penny (4-2) 7.0 4 3-3 2 2 2.89 Proctor 2.0 1 0-0 1 2 6.00 HBP- Pierre. T- 2:45. Att- 50,469.Nomar on DL
As expected, Nomar Garciaparra went back on the disabled list, only 10 days after he was moved to the active roster. He had missed the first 14 games with a microfracture in his wrist, is now out of action because of a strained left calf. Rookie Blake DeWitt, who was sent down to Las Vegas on Thursday and was called back up to replace Garciaparra after one game, started, going one for four with two runs batted in. "I didn't even unpack in Las Vegas," DeWitt said.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Furcal's first-inning double was his 15th extra-base hit of March/April and is tied for the second highest total of extra-base hits in Los Angeles history. He is one shy of matching the club record of 16, held by Tim Wallach in 1994. ...Andruw Jones, who also left the same game because of injury, was back in the lineup. Jones fouled a third-inning pitch off his left calf Friday, something he also did three weeks ago in San Diego. ...Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully received an honorary degree from Pepperdine University on Saturday. The Dodgers have drafted seven players from Pepperdine, none of whom have ever played for them. Only two of them saw action in the big leagues -- SS Matt Howard (Yankees) and P Doug Simons (Mets and Montreal Expos).