LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Kent has not had a letdown since Milton Bradley went on the disabled list. Right now, it doesn't matter who Kent is batting in front of in the Dodgers' lineup.
Kent had four hits and four RBI in Los Angeles' 10-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
"I don't believe in the 1-2 protection punch. I believe in a core of players that need to play well," said Kent, who has hit safely in his last seven at-bats -- two shy of Ron Cey's Los Angeles record.
"Teams have scouting reports. And if teams know that we're hitting well in our whole group of guys, then it really doesn't matter who's hitting behind whoever," Kent said. "I mean, it might in a certain situation - but if we can prove to other teams that we're hitting well, then that puts the pressure on the other team to make quality pitches."
Kent went 4-for-4 and drove in a run with each of his hits and Jayson Werth had a two-run triple among his four hits, helping bring the defending NL West champions back to the .500 mark at home (15-15). Kent, a four-time All-Star who signed with the Dodgers in the offseason, leads all second basemen with 44 RBI.
Brad Penny (3-2) won for the first time in six starts. The right-hander allowed five runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Carlos Lee had a career-high five hits including a two-run single and Geoff Jenkins homered for the Brewers, who have lost seven of their last nine games -- including three or four to the Dodgers.
"He had a nice day, that's for sure. He's been swinging the bat real well," manager Ned Yost said. "Jenksie also had a good day with a double and a homer, and it was nice to get the offense back on track. But we couldn't hold them today pitching wise."
Wes Obermueller (1-1), making his sixth start out of the bullpen, lasted only 2 2/3 innings for the second consecutive outing. The right-hander allowed five runs, five hits and three walks in his first career appearance against the Dodgers. It was the fourth time he didn't make it through the fifth as a starter. His ERA in that role is 4.94, compared to a 0.79 ERA in relief.
"I'm my own worst enemy," Obermueller said. "A lot of times I start battling myself and start thinking too much trying to concentrate on my mechanics - instead of just see the mitt, throw it in the mitt. I've just been letting things compound on each other in those situations and trying to overdo it, instead of just staying relaxed and within my ability."
Los Angeles scored four runs in the third to grab a 5-1 lead. Kent put the Dodgers ahead to stay with a run-scoring double to left over Lee's head after a leadoff walk to Antonio Perez and a single by J.D. Drew off the glove of first baseman Lyle Overbay.
Werth, who went 4-for-5 to tie his career high for hits, drove in two more with a one-out triple past a diving Jenkins in right field. He needed a home run in the eighth to become the first Dodger since Wes Parker in 1970 to hit for the cycle, but flied out to short right field as Jenkins made a sliding catch.
Werth hit .262 last season with 16 homers and 47 RBI last season, his first with the Dodgers after beginning his career with Toronto. But in the team's first preseason game, a pitch from Florida's A.J. Burnett broke his wrist and he was sidelined until May 25.
"It was a dream come true getting a job as an everyday player, finally, and I worked hard all winter to be ready to play 162 games," Werth said. "So it was definitely frustrating. But that's all behind me now. I have a lot to look forward to this season and I look forward to being in the lineup every day."
One out after Werth's triple, Obermueller threw a wild pitch way over the head of catcher Damian Miller while attempting an intentional walk to rookie Mike Rose and Werth scored.
"It was embarrassing," Obermueller said. "A lot of times you go through your career and have to experience things at least once, and today was my day. I told myself to just throw it nice and easy in there, but I held up too much on it.
"It's the same mechanics and everything, but it just got away from me. If they just awarded the batter first base, it would save a lot of embarrassment."
Kent made it 6-1 in the fourth with an RBI single against Gary Glover after Drew's double in the hole off the glove of second baseman Bill Hall. He also had an RBI single in the first and finished his day with an RBI double in the seventh.
Miller hit a drive to the right-field fence over Jason Repko's head, but had to settle for a single after pulling up with a groin strain. He left for a pinch-runner ... Rose, a 10-year minor league catcher, threw out a baserunner trying to steal for the first time in the majors when he cut down Lee to end the third. Rose, still looking for his first big league hit, walked his first three times up. ... Los Angeles SS and leadoff batter Cesar Izturis, hitless in his last 14 at-bats, sat out for the first time this season.