Ten in First Lets Dodgers Cruise

Sparked by Matt Kemp's grand slam homer, the Dodgers put a 10 on the board in the first inning and sailed to an easy 11-3 win over Colorado, their second win in succession. The 10-run outburst tied a L.A. record and it was fifth time it happened and the first since May 6, 2005.

Brad Penny (4-2) was the beneficiary of the big inning and worked seven innings, allowing four hits and all three runs. Scott Proctor finished things out. Penny also had a pair of hits to boost his average to .308. He was the only Dodger with more than one hit.

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           [10]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).

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