Dodgers Far East Pitchers Far Out

The Dodgers picked up a rare win in Anaheim, topping the Angels 6-3 behind a trio of Oriental pitchers. Chan Ho Park (South Korea) made his first Dodger start since 2001 and worked four innings and two runs, one earned. Hong-Chih Kuo (Taiwan) added four scoreless innings and Takashi Saito (Japan) closed the game out. Blake DeWitt double, homered and knocked in a pair of runs.

It was only the second win against nine losses in last three seasons at Angel Stadium. They handed Ervin Santana his first loss in seven decisions.

Park, after earning a spot on the staff out of spring training, has pitched particularly well ( 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA in 12 appearances) and drew his first start of the season. He allowed only one hit over the first four (scoreless) innings but ran into trouble in the fourth.

With one out he hit a batter and allowed a hit. An error cost one run and he faced eight hitters before ending the inning having allowed only one earned run.

He started the fifth and held a 4-2 lead but after an opening single, Hong-Chih Kuo (3-1) got the call and the win, blitzing the Angeles the next four scoreless innings. Takashi Saito allowed a run in the ninth.

Blake DeWitt, who sat out for two games with a stiff back, was in his "Rookie of the Year" mode, whacking a two-run homer to put the Dodgers on the board in the second and adding a double and a run later in the game. He finished hitting .327.

Russ Martin, back behind the plate after a couple games a third base, boosted his average to .319 with three hits. He also knocked in one and his footwork on the bases allowed another run to score.

Newly-arrived Luis Maza had a pair of singles and an RBI, elevating his average to an even .400, the same figure he had at Las Vegas when he was called up.

The Dodger 4-5-6 hitters were a combined 0-for-12 -- Loney 0-5, DH Mike Sweeney 0-4 and Jones 0-3 with a walk. Jones moved from designated hitter to center field but was 0-for-3 and his average slid to .172. He's 0 for his last 29 with runners in scoring position.

The Dodgers haven't exactly lit up the night in Interleague Play. Since it began in 1997, they are only 85-92 (.480) but this day was different.

Early Lead
They got on the board first in the second inning when Andruw Jones walked with two out and Blake DeWitt lined a home run to right field. They made it 4-0 in the third when Chin-Lung Hu walked and Juan Pierre was hit by a pitch. Andre Ethier singled to left, driving in Hu and Russ Martin hit a high chopper to third base and beat it out, Pierre scoring.

Anaheim came back in the last of the inning, helped by an error by Loney. With one out, Vlad Guerrero was hit by a pitch and Garret Anderson singled to right. Casey Kotchman bounced to Loney at first and his throw attempting a double play sailed into left field, Guerrero scoring.

Maicer Izturis hit into a force play at second, with Loney's throw nearly pulling Hu off the bag as the second run came across. Robb Quinlan singled to right and Jeff Mathis walked to load the bases but Park got Erick Aybar to hit into a Maza-Hu force play to end the inning.

Park opened the fifth but after he allowed a leadoff single, Torre called for Hong-Chih Kuo who finished the inning and added a scoreless sixth.

The Dodgers scored again in the seventh. Aybar fumbled Pierre's ground ball and Juan promptly stole second. He advanced to third on Ethier's fly to center. Martin was walked intentionally and then was caught stealing, but he stayed in the rundown long enough for Pierre to score the fifth run.

L.A. added another run to make it 6-2 in the eighth. DeWitt doubled with two out and Luis Maza picked up his first Major League RBI with a single to left.

Kuo was 1-2-3 in the seventh and pitched around a leadoff single in the eighth to take the game into the ninth inning with a 6-2 lead.

In the top of the ninth with two out, Martin saw six pitches, fouled off five of them and then singled to left for this third hit.

Saito took over for Kou in the ninth and gave up a leadoff double to pinch-hitter Juan Rivera. He moved to third on a fly ball and scored when Aybar singled. Saito retired the next two in order to nail down the rare win in Anaheim.

Penny Out, Lowe in Today
Today's scheduled starter, Brad Penny has been scratched due to stiffness in his right arm, and Derek Lowe will move up a spot in the rotation in the series finale against the Angels.

Penny, who is 5-4 with a 5.09 ERA in nine starts for Los Angeles this season, has allowed 15 runs over his last two outings while allowing 19 hits and walking four.

Penny has averaged 190 innings and 32 starts over his three seasons with the Dodgers, but he also has made four trips to the disabled list in his career.

In 2004 and '05, Penny spent time on the DL with a nerve injury in his right biceps, and in 2002, he had inflammation in the biceps. Penny also suffered an impingement in his right shoulder in 2000.

Lowe, who will be going on three days' rest, is 2-3 with a 4.52 ERA in nine starts. Over his last three starts, Lowe has also struggled, allowing 15 runs, 20 hits and nine walks.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	022 000 110-6
Anaheim	        000 200 000-3

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	4  2  0  0  .277
Ethier rf	4  0  1  1  .296
Martin c	4  0  3  1  .319
Loney 1b	5  0  0  0  .281
Sweeney dh	4  0  0  0  .125
Jones cf	3  1  0  0  .172
DeWitt 3b	4  2  2  2  .327
Maza 2b	        4  0  2  1  .400
Hu ss	        3  1  0  0  .190
  Totals	35 6 8 5
  Anaheim	35 3 8 3

 Error- Loney (3). 2b hits- DeWitt (6).
HR- DeWitt (4). RBI- DeWitt 2 (21), Martin 
(18), Ethier (17), Maza (1). LOB- Los Angeles
7, Anaheim 8. SB- Pierre (15). CS- Martin
(4). DP- DeWitt, Hu and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Park	        4.0  4  2-1  2  3  2.17  
Kuo (3-1)       4.0  2  0-0  0  4  2.40
Saito	        1.0  2  1-1  0  0  2.08 
 HBP- by Park, Pierre. T- 3:12, Att- 43,906.
A Warning for Ethier
Dodgers manager Joe Torre thinks Ethier is the most emotional player in the dugout during games. "He's my Paul O'Neill," Torre said, alluding to the former Yankees outfielder. "When I first took over the Yankees, I heard how selfish Paul O'Neill was. Then I realized that people's idea of selfish was that he wants to get a hit every time up. That's how I see Andre Ethier. He takes his (frustration) out on equipment, as did O'Neill. One time I told O'Neill, `Do what you want—but if you get hurt to the point where you can't play, I'm gonna kill you.' "

Dodger Blue Notes --Jeff Kent was given the afternoon off, with Luis Maza moving to second base and Chin-Lung Hu starting at shortstop. Ken, hitless in four at-bats in the first game of the series with the Angels, is 2-for-33 in his last 10 games. ...After Hong-Chic Kuo and Takashi Saito allowed one run over the final five innings, the Dodger bullpen has an ERA of 2.98 (47 ER/140.0 IP), which is the third-best in the Major Leagues, trailing just Philadelphia (2.58) and Oakland (2.97). Left-hander Joe Beimel has been the best of the bunch, posting a 3-0 record with a miniscule 0.66 ERA (1 ER/13.2 IP). Beimel is currently in the midst of a 10.1 inning scoreless streak. ...In late games Saturday, Arizona hosted Detroit, Minnesota was at Colorado, the White Sox at San Francisco and San Diego at Seattle. ...Shortstop Rafael Furcal missed his ninth game because of lower-back soreness but said he has begun to feel much better. He was told to do nothing except some exercises for five days after he received a cortisone shot last Tuesday. "It's frustrating and I'm a little nervous, not playing and watching my team.

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