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Martin's two-run homer helps Dodgers hold off Reds

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LOS ANGELES -- Considering how much time Jason Repko has missed this season, his two-run bloop single must have felt like a line drive off the scoreboard.

Repko's seventh-inning hit gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a five-run cushion, and they needed every one of those runs in holding off the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 Monday night.

"It's been a while, about three months now, since I've really contributed in that way," said Repko, who was sidelined with an ankle sprain from May 10 through July 23. "Just getting a couple of RBI there to help out really felt great. It feels good to contribute and help the team win. I know the hit was a bloop, but it was placed pretty good. They find their holes, and you take them when you can get them."

Russell Martin hit a two-run homer, Andre Ethier also had three hits and Jeff Kent added an RBI double, helping the Dodgers increase their NL West lead to three games over San Diego after a 4-5 road trip.

Cincinnati dropped 3½ games back of St. Louis in the NL Central with its fourth straight loss. The Reds lead the wild-card race, a half-game in front of San Diego and a game in front of Philadelphia.

Brad Penny (14-7) tied a career high for victories after overcoming early control problems and pulled even with Carlos Zambrano and Brandon Webb for the NL lead in wins. He allowed a run and four hits over five innings.

Todd Hollandsworth had three RBI for Cincinnati, two on an eighth-inning single against Elmer Dessens. Brandon Phillips followed with a two-run homer off converted reliever Brett Tomko that cut the gap to one run.

Tomko then walked David Ross and pinch-hitter Adam Dunn before Jonathan Broxton struck out Scott Hatteberg with runners at second and third. Broxton finished for his third save, throwing a called third strike past Phillips to end the game with two on.

"You certainly don't quit. But it's still a hard one to swallow," Hollandsworth said. "Tonight's game might help us because we got in their bullpen and scored some runs off them and made them work a little bit. I know they've been using a lot of bullets down there -- as have we. So if we can pull anything out of this game, hopefully that's what it is, and maybe it'll benefit us tomorrow."

Chris Michalak (1-2) allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings in his Dodger Stadium debut. He spent most of the 2001 season with the Dodgers' Triple-A team, which at that time was in Albuquerque.

Reds No. 3 hitter Edwin Encarnacion had a chance to drive in a runner from third base each of his first three times up but was retired all three times by Penny -- leaving Ken Griffey Jr. in the on-deck circle twice.

"We wore Penny down and made him throw an awful a lot of pitches," Hollandsworth said. "But we still really didn't even get to him. I mean, we got the one run off him, but he got out of it."

Penny threw 61 pitches over the first three innings while giving up all five of his walks. He stranded Ryan Freel at third base in the first, throwing a called third strike past Encarnacion and retiring Griffey on a foul pop. He walked three straight batters with one out in the third, then escaped the jam when shortstop Rafael Furcal turned Encarnacion's grounder up the middle into a double play.

"I've got to do a better job of attacking the strike zone," Penny said. "I just lost it there for a second. I can't remember the last time I've done that, walking three guys in a row. But the good thing is that they didn't score."

Griffey led off the fourth with a double, took third on Rich Aurilia's bloop single and scored on a groundout by Hollandsworth that trimmed the Dodgers' lead to 2-1.

Los Angeles made it 4-1 in the bottom half with ground-rule doubles by Nomar Garciaparra and Kent, followed by Ethier's RBI single. Repko's two-run single against Todd Coffey made it 6-1 in the seventh.

Martin opened the scoring in the second with his eighth homer.

Notes

  • Monday was the 40th anniversary of the only Beatles concert at Dodger Stadium. Organist Nancy Bea Hefley played plenty of songs recorded by the Fab Four.
  • The Dodgers reached the 3 million mark in paid attendance for a record 21st time and 11th season in a row.
  • Hollandsworth started in LF in place of Dunn, who is 1-for-19 against Penny. The only hit was a two-run homer on June 1, 2004, at Miami, when Penny was pitching for Florida.
 
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Brad Penny allows one earned run and strikes out three through five innings for the victory.  (AP)
Brad Penny allows one earned run and strikes out three through five innings for the victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

T. Hollandsworth
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Los Angeles

J. Repko
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, RF3010201 .283
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4000114 .305
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B5110013 .300
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4220111 .258
Rich Aurilia, SS5010013 .284
Todd Hollandsworth, LF3123200 .235
Brandon Phillips, 2B5132013 .296
David Ross, C3000114 .276
Chris Michalak, P0000100 .400
   a- Jason LaRue, PH1000010 .174
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   b- Royce Clayton, PH1000000 .265
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   c- Adam Dunn, PH0000100 .244
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Javier Valentin, 1B0000000 .237
Totals3451059719 
a-struck out for Michalak in the 5th
b-grounded out for Franklin in the 7th
c-walked for Coffey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Freel (28, Penny), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (19, Penny, Dessens)
HR - Brandon Phillips (14, Tomko)
RBI - Todd Hollandsworth 3 (31), Brandon Phillips 2 (64)
SB - Ryan Freel 2 (30, 2nd base off Penny/Martin, 2nd base off Broxton/Martin)
CS - Todd Hollandsworth (2, Home by Penny/Martin)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Todd Hollandsworth 1
DP - Aurilia-B. Phillips-Hatteberg
PB - David Ross (3)
E - David Ross (4, )
Cincinnati Reds
Chris Michalak (L,1-2) 4744101 5.57
Ryan Franklin 2200400 4.46
Todd Coffey 1222200 3.78
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2100000 5.88
David Weathers 0.1000000 4.20
IBB - Drew by Ryan Franklin
WP - Ryan Franklin (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Michalak 60-36, Ryan Franklin 41-19, Todd Coffey 31-17, Scott Schoeneweis 11-8, David Weathers 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Michalak 5-6, Ryan Franklin 3-1, Todd Coffey 2-1, Scott Schoeneweis 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Michalak 19, Ryan Franklin 10, Todd Coffey 7, Scott Schoeneweis 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3000202 .282
Kenny Lofton, CF5000004 .308
Julio Lugo, 3B4010101 .297
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B3110101 .321
Jeff Kent, 2B3221101 .269
Andre Ethier, LF4231000 .339
Russell Martin, C3122101 .288
Jason Repko, RF4032000 .273
Brad Penny, P1000000 .218
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- J.D. Drew, PH0000100 .279
    Elmer Dessens, P1000002 .000
    Brett Tomko, P0000000 .120
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals3161267012 
a-was walked intentionally for Beimel in the 6th
Batting
2B - Nomar Garciaparra (26, Michalak), Jeff Kent (20, Michalak)
HR - Russell Martin (8, Michalak)
SH - Brad Penny (5)
RBI - Jeff Kent (60), Andre Ethier (53), Russell Martin 2 (51), Jason Repko 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Russell Martin 2 (19), Jason Repko 2 (5)
SB - Julio Lugo (22, 3rd base off Franklin/Ross)
CS - Julio Lugo (8, 2nd base by Weathers/Ross), Jeff Kent (2, 2nd base by Michalak/Ross)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Penny-Furcal-Garciaparra, Furcal-Garciaparra, Martin-Furcal-Lugo
E - Brad Penny (1, )
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny (W,14-7) 5411530 3.88
Joe Beimel (H,7) 1100110 3.42
Elmer Dessens (H,15) 1.1333000 4.43
Brett Tomko0111201 4.74
Jonathan Broxton (S,3) 1.2100130 2.69
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 104-63, Joe Beimel 18-12, Elmer Dessens 30-18, Brett Tomko 18-9, Jonathan Broxton 28-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 6-3, Joe Beimel 2-0, Elmer Dessens 1-3, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 21, Joe Beimel 5, Elmer Dessens 7, Brett Tomko 3, Jonathan Broxton 7
Game Information
Attendance - 44176
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Mark Wegner