Rewind: Dodgers vs. Giants, Game #1

Brad Penny stymied the Giants offense for five innings Friday night and Kenny Lofton comes through in the clutch, as San Francisco drops the series opener.

Prior to the game Friday night, the Giants held a special ceremony commemorating Hall of Famer Willie Mays' 75th birthday. Unfortunately, that is all the celebrating that would take place at AT&T Park, as Kenny Lofton and Brad Penny decided to spoil the after party.

Lofton drove in three runs and Penny tossed five shutout innings as the Dodgers defeated the Giants 6-1.

Giants' starter Matt Morris retired the first six batters he faced and looked as though he was settling into a groove but, as has been the case in recent outings, Morris was victimized by one rough inning as the Dodgers tagged him for three runs in the third. Willie Aybar led off the inning with a walk, and Russ Martin then lined a base hit up the middle. After Penny moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt, Rafael Furcal and Kenny Lofton followed with successive RBI singles giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.

That was all Penny (3-1) would need as he and two relievers handcuffed Barry Bonds and the rest of the Giants offense allowing only four hits on the night. Bonds finished the game 0-3 with one walk and remains one home run away from tying Babe Ruth for second on the all-time homerun list.

The Dodgers scored again in the top of the fifth. Martin led off with a walk and then moved to second when Penny laid down his second sacrifice of the night. After Furcal was retired on a ground out, Lofton hit a squibbler up the first base line and beat Morris' throw to first for an infield single, driving in Martin to put Los Angeles in front 4-0.

Los Angeles tacked on another run in the sixth. With one out, Andre Eithier walked and then Aybar hit what looked like a routine fly to center, but the ball drifted away from Steve Finley and landed between him and Bonds for a double, scoring Eithier and increasing the Dodgers lead to 5-0.

Morris (2-4) continued to struggle, allowing five runs on eight hits in seven innings of work. He has lost his last four decisions since starting the season 2-0.

With two out in the bottom of the sixth, Pedro Feliz finally got the Giants on the board. Facing left-hander Joe Beimel, Feliz drilled a line drive into the left-field bleachers to pull San Francisco to within 5-1.

The Giants will look to even the series against their hated rivals Saturday afternoon as Noah Lowry (1-0) will take the mound against Aaron Sele (1-0) at 1:05.

Game Notes: Ray Durham was activated from the disabled list before the game and started at second base... Barry Bonds was intentionally walked for the 16th time this season... Along with Mays, manager Felipe Alou celebrated his 71st birthday Friday night as well... Reliever Brian Wilson was scheduled to throw two innings in a rehab assignment for San Jose. If all goes well, he'll likely be activated sometime next week... Brad Hennessey will start Monday in place of Matt Cain... Cain, who will work in the bullpen with pitching coach Dave Righetti in hopes of fixing his pitching mechanics, will return to the rotation next Saturday at Oakland.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Pedro Feliz provided the lone highlight of the night, with his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning.



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