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Lowe turns 33, pitches Dodgers to seventh consecutive home win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- Even without his best stuff, Derek Lowe was good enough, and the Dodgers' youngsters were even better.

Lowe threw six shutout innings, Matt Kemp and J.D. Drew each had three-run homers and Los Angeles beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 Thursday night, their seventh consecutive home victory.

The streak equals the Dodgers' longest since May 14-22, 2003. They have won 19 of their last 24 overall.

"These kids are not just doing good, but contributing at the highest levels," Lowe said. "It's exciting to see this many young kids play this well."

The old guy wasn't too bad, either, although he wasn't impressed with his performance.

Lowe (4-3) gave up five hits, struck out three and walked two on his 33rd birthday. He won his third consecutive start -- a span in which he has a 0.45 ERA.

"It was a struggle," he said. "I never really got in a good rhythm. There were guys on base every single inning."

The Phillies thought otherwise, though.

"He was getting ahead of us and keeping the ball off the plate," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He was making us hit the ball where it was pitched and he pitched his game. He pitched to left-handed hitters inside with his slider, then he sunk the ball away on them."

Lowe helped himself at the plate, too, hitting a two-out double in the second before Rafael Furcal walked and Kemp homered for the first time in the majors.

"When you're 1-for-24, you'll take anything," Lowe said.

Since losing to Atlanta 11-10 on opening day, Lowe has a 4-2 record in his last 11 starts. The right-hander pitched out of a jam in the sixth, getting Aaron Rowand on a grounder to shortstop with runners on second and third.

"Outside of that first game, this guy's kept us right in every ballgame," manager Grady Little said. "He's very dependable."

Gavin Floyd (4-3) allowed seven runs and seven hits in four innings, struck out three and walked four in his first loss since April 25 against Colorado. The right-hander also has three no-decisions since his last win against the New York Mets on May 11.

"I felt good, but I was rushing myself sometimes, made a couple of pitches up and they hit home runs," he said. "I'm trying to dominate out there and right now I'm doing the opposite. My confidence is fine. I know what I have. It's just that I've got to go out there and pitch like I can."

Floyd split time between Triple-A Scranton and Philadelphia last season, with losing records in both places.

"He's a guy who's young and he's having a hard time getting established at the major league level," Manuel said. "He needs more experience and the more you send him out there, eventually this guy's going to be a good big league pitcher because he's got the size and he's got the arm. But until he develops and matures, he might struggle."

Floyd struck out Willy Aybar with the bases loaded to end the first. But in the second, Kemp connected on a 1-0 pitch that struck the left field pole, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.

"I was wondering if it was going to go foul," Kemp said. "Everybody was saying the bat boy almost threw the ball in the stands. I got the ball."

Martin led off the fourth with a solo homer. With two outs, Kemp walked and Nomar Garciaparra singled to third before Drew's three-run homer made it 7-0.

The Phillies scored twice in the ninth. With one out, Tim Hamulack gave up an RBI single to Mike Lieberthal and a run-scoring groundout to pinch-hitter Abraham Nunez.

Notes

  • OF-IF Joel Guzman made his major league debut, becoming the sixth Dodger to do this season. He arrived from Triple-A Las Vegas after the game began, came in at third base in the eighth and grounded into a double play in his only at-bat.
  • Garciaparra went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored while improving his average with runners in scoring position to .476.
  • Lowe improved to 2-2 with one save in six appearances on his birthday.
  • The Phillies dropped to 4-6 halfway through a run of playing 20 consecutive days.
  • The Phillies' 14-game home run hitting streak ended. They have hit 28 on the road, averaging 1.40, tops in the NL.
 
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Derek Lowe yields five hits and two walks in six scoreless innings on his 33rd birthday.  (AP)
Derek Lowe yields five hits and two walks in six scoreless innings on his 33rd birthday. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Drew
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5010001
Chase Utley, 2B4010001
Bobby Abreu, RF4020012
Pat Burrell, LF3000123
Ryan Howard, 1B2110212
Aaron Rowand, CF4000004
David Bell, 3B4120000
Mike Lieberthal, C4011011
Gavin Floyd, P1000001
   a- Chris Coste, PH1000000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000
   b- Shane Victorino, PH1000010
    Clay Condrey, P0000000
   c- Abraham Nunez, PH1001000
Totals342823615 
a-grounded out for Floyd in the 5th
b-struck out for Sanches in the 7th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Condrey in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Bell 2 (, Lowe, Hamulack)
RBI - Mike Lieberthal (), Abraham Nunez ()
SB - Jimmy Rollins (, 2nd base off Lowe/Martin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Bell-Utley-Howard
E - David Bell (, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Gavin Floyd (L,-) 4777433
Brian Sanches 2000130
Clay Condrey 2200010
WP - Gavin Floyd ()
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 95-52, Brian Sanches 30-16, Clay Condrey 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 3-6, Clay Condrey 4-0
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 23, Brian Sanches 7, Clay Condrey 7
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3110221
Matt Kemp, CF3213102
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4110002
J.D. Drew, RF3113100
Olmedo Saenz, 3B3000110
    Joe Beimel, P0000000
    Tim Hamulack, P0000000
Willy Aybar, 2B4010023
Andre Ethier, LF4010011
Russell Martin, C4121000
Derek Lowe, P2110000
   a- Jose Cruz Jr., PH1000010
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000
    Joel Guzman, 3B1000001
Totals327975710 
a-struck out for Lowe in the 6th
Batting
2B - Derek Lowe (, Floyd)
HR - Matt Kemp (, Floyd), J.D. Drew (, Floyd), Russell Martin (, Floyd)
RBI - Matt Kemp 3 (), J.D. Drew 3 (), Russell Martin ()
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp 3 (), J.D. Drew 3 ()
SB - Rafael Furcal (, 2nd base off Floyd/Lieberthal), Willy Aybar (, 2nd base off Floyd/Lieberthal)
CS - Russell Martin (, 2nd base by Floyd/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (W,-) 6500230
Jonathan Broxton 1000020
Joe Beimel 1100010
Tim Hamulack 1222100
WP - Derek Lowe ()
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 99-58, Jonathan Broxton 10-8, Joe Beimel 21-12, Tim Hamulack 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 10-4, Jonathan Broxton 1-0, Joe Beimel 1-1, Tim Hamulack 1-2
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 24, Jonathan Broxton 3, Joe Beimel 4, Tim Hamulack 6
Game Information
Attendance - 38643
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Rob Drake