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Penny helps himself at plate for first win in nearly a month

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- Brad Penny has had a rough time since he started the All-Star Game for the National League. He took a big step toward turning it around on Wednesday night.

Penny pitched six sharp innings and drove in a run to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 for their fifth straight victory.

Penny (11-5) snapped his three-game losing streak and won for the first time since July 5 against Arizona. He allowed two runs and three hits, walked two and struck out six.

It was his first win since he allowed one run in two innings in the All-Star Game.

"I threw the ball well the last couple of times, but the ball fell in," Penny said. "It was at people tonight."

Griffey, Royce Clayton and Scott Hatteberg homered for the Reds, who have lost four straight. It's the Reds' longest losing streak since they lost a season-high six straight from July 1 through July 6.

Cincinnati's lead in the NL wild-card race has dwindled to a half-game over the Arizona Diamondbacks, who were rained out against the Cubs at Chicago.

"He threw hard," Griffey said of Penny. "We couldn't get anything together. We couldn't keep the train moving."

Takashi Saito got Griffey to fly out to the warning track in left field with a runner on first to end the eighth and struck out the side in the ninth for his 10th save in 10 chances.

The Dodgers pushed across four runs with one out in the third against Elizardo Ramirez. James Loney walked and Penny followed with the Dodgers' first hit of the game, a run-scoring double to center.

"I think that double took a lot out of him," manager Grady Little said. "He ran out of gas in the fifth or sixth inning. He's been handling the bat well for us."

Penny bunted the first pitch foul and fouled off the second pitch when Little put on the hit-and-run.

"I got a little tired," Penny said. "It was hot out there. I got lucky. I swung hard in case I hit it."

Rafael Furcal singled in Penny and moved to second on Griffey's throw home. Kenny Lofton added an RBI triple to make it 3-0, and he scored on J.D. Drew's single to right.

The inning was the third in the last two games in which the Reds have allowed four or more runs.

"Right now, we just need to stay away from those crooked numbers," manager Jerry Narron said. "The last two games, we got beat by three innings, really."

Griffey led off the fourth with his 22nd homer of the season and the 558th of his career. One out later, Hatteberg added his 10th homer.

The Dodgers chased Ramirez (4-7) in the fifth when Andre Ethier doubled in Julio Lugo to make it 5-2. Ramirez lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs and five hits with a career-high four walks. He also struck out five.

"When the pitcher got that hit, I think it got away from (Ramirez) mentally," Narron said.

Clayton led off the eighth with a homer off former Red Elmer Dessens. It was his first home run since June 17, 2005, for Arizona at Cleveland.

"You're not going to win a lot of games when you only get four hits," Narron said. "We had a couple of chances, but we didn't capitalize."

Notes

The gametime temperature was 91 degrees. ... Griffey's home run left him with 1,595 career RBI, tied with Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt for 23rd on the career RBI list. George Brett, another Hall of Famer, is 22nd with 1,596. ... Penny's double was his second of the season, and the RBI was his third. ... Furcal extended his hitting streak to nine games (16-for-37, .432), one short of matching his season high. ... Penny picked Ryan Freel off first base in the fifth, the seventh time Freel has been picked off this season. ... Ethier, who went into the game leading NL rookies in hitting, extended his hitting streak to six games (8-for-24, .333). ... The Dodgers' winning streak is their longest since they won a season-high seven straight from May 17 through May 24.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

B. Penny
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 2
K 6
Los Angeles

K. Lofton
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5111011
    Takashi Saito, P0000000
Kenny Lofton, CF5121000
Julio Lugo, 2B-SS3100210
J.D. Drew, RF4011031
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000
    Ramon Martinez, 2B1000001
Andre Ethier, LF5021003
Wilson Betemit, 3B3000102
Russell Martin, C3000102
James Loney, 1B2100213
Brad Penny, P3111011
    Jason Repko, RF1000010
Totals355756814 
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (, Ramirez), Brad Penny (, Ramirez)
3B - Kenny Lofton (, Ramirez)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (), Kenny Lofton (), J.D. Drew (), Andre Ethier (), Brad Penny ()
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier ()
SB - Julio Lugo (, 2nd base off Ramirez/Ross), Andre Ethier (, 2nd base off Weathers/Ross)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Martin-Furcal
E - Rafael Furcal (, )
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny (W,-) 6322262
Elmer Dessens (H,) 1.2111141
Takashi Saito (S,) 1.1000030
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 104-70, Elmer Dessens 36-21, Takashi Saito 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 8-3
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 22, Elmer Dessens 7, Takashi Saito 4
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, RF2010201
Adam Dunn, LF4000043
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4111011
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000010
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4111020
Brandon Phillips, 2B3000120
David Ross, C3000021
Royce Clayton, SS3111000
Elizardo Ramirez, P0000000
    Jason Standridge, P0000000
   a- Jason LaRue, PH1000000
    David Weathers, P0000000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000
   b- Chris Denorfia, PH1000010
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000
Totals293433136 
a-grounded out for Standridge in the 5th
b-struck out for Coffey in the 8th
Batting
HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (, Penny), Scott Hatteberg (, Penny), Royce Clayton (, Dessens)
SH - Elizardo Ramirez ()
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (), Scott Hatteberg (), Royce Clayton ()
CS - Ryan Freel (, 2nd base by Penny/Martin)
PK - Ryan Freel (, Penny)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Brandon Phillips (, )
Cincinnati Reds
Elizardo Ramirez (L,-) 4.2555450
Jason Standridge 0.1000210
David Weathers 2100010
Todd Coffey 1000010
Rheal Cormier 1100000
Pitches-Strikes - Elizardo Ramirez 106-66, Jason Standridge 13-5, David Weathers 29-21, Todd Coffey 11-9, Rheal Cormier 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Elizardo Ramirez 7-2, David Weathers 4-2, Rheal Cormier 2-1
Batters Faced - Elizardo Ramirez 23, Jason Standridge 3, David Weathers 8, Todd Coffey 3, Rheal Cormier 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22110
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Paul Schrieber