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Penny blanks Cubs for NL-leading 16th victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- The old fashioned scoreboard at Wrigley Field caught Brad Penny's attention and rightfully so.

Penny became the first 16-game winner in the National League and Rafael Furcal homered to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Wednesday night.

Nomar Garciaparra added a two-run double and Furcal had three hits and three runs for the Dodgers, who maintained a 1½-games lead over San Diego in the NL West. The Padres beat the Reds 10-0 on Wednesday night.

"Every game from here on out is important. Especially when we see Cincinnati losing by six," said Penny. "If we play the way we should, we should win the division or we'll all be disappointed."

The Dodgers bounced back after suffering a 9-8 loss in 11 innings to the Cubs on Tuesday night. Los Angeles blew a 7-0 lead to Chicago, which has the worst record in the NL.

"At this point in time it's very important. It was big for him and it was big for this ballclub. It couldn't have come at a better time. He was strong throughout his outing. We got him a little lead and he was outstanding," said Dodgers manager Grady Little.

The Cubs have lost 20 of their last 26 games.

"You have to continue to go out there with the same mindset everyday. Has it been an easy season? No. It hasn't. But again like we've talk about, you're a professional, you have to continue to go out there and compete," said Cubs outfielder Matt Murton.

Penny (16-8) cruised for the easy victory. He pitched seven scoreless inning, scattering seven hits. He struck out six without allowing a walk.

He rebounded from a 7-0 loss to the Mets on Thursday. In that start, Penny gave up a season-high seven runs and 10 hits, including two homers, in 5 2/3 innings.

Cubs starter Angel Guzman (0-6) gave up a lead off double to Furcal in the fifth and walked Kenny Lofton. After a wild pitch, Garciaparra chased Guzman with a two-run double. Garciaparra scored on Marlon Anderson's sacrifice fly off Cubs reliever Will Ohman and Russell Martin hit an RBI-single to put the Dodgers up 6-0.

Guzman, who has yet to win a game in the majors, gave up five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.

Furcal, who was the catalyst to the Dodgers lineup on Wednesday, led off the third inning with his 12th homer of the season.

"That's the key to everybody's lineup. He's a guy that's been making things happen his whole career. Great leadoff hitter, guy that has some pop and can hit the ball out of the ballpark so you just can't lay pitches in there," said Anderson.

With runners on first and third in the first inning and two outs, Jeff Kent blooped an RBI-single to score Furcal.

Notes

  • Cubs reliever Glendon Rusch was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung and will miss the rest of the season. A team trainer said the condition was not life threatening.
  • Dodgers RHP Chad Billingsley -- who hasn't pitched since August 27 with a strained oblique muscle- threw a simulated session before the game. Billingsley threw 77 total pitches and felt very good afterwards.
 
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Brad Penny yields seven hits and strikes out six over seven scoreless innings to earn his 16th win.  (AP)
Brad Penny yields seven hits and strikes out six over seven scoreless innings to earn his 16th win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

R. Furcal
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Los Angeles

B. Penny
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 0
K 6
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5331010 .298
Kenny Lofton, CF3100200 .303
    Jason Repko, CF0000000 .252
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B5122011 .308
J.D. Drew, RF4000122 .275
Jeff Kent, 2B3121101 .280
Wilson Betemit, 3B4010003 .271
Marlon Anderson, LF3021011 .279
Russell Martin, C3011101 .292
Brad Penny, P3000023 .194
   a- James Loney, PH1000010 .277
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals3461165812 
a-struck out for Penny in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (31, Guzman), Nomar Garciaparra 2 (29, Guzman, Guzman)
HR - Rafael Furcal (12, Guzman)
SF - Marlon Anderson (3)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (58), Nomar Garciaparra 2 (82), Jeff Kent (65), Marlon Anderson (26), Russell Martin (57)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Kent (28), Russell Martin (21)
CS - Marlon Anderson 2 (6, 2nd base by Guzman/Blanco, 2nd base by Guzman/Blanco)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Garciaparra, Penny-Furcal-Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny (W,16-8) 7700060 4.04
Joe Beimel 1000000 3.18
Takashi Saito 1000010 1.96
WP - Brad Penny (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 103-66, Joe Beimel 8-5, Takashi Saito 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 8-5, Joe Beimel 2-1, Takashi Saito 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 26, Joe Beimel 3, Takashi Saito 3
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF4000001 .288
Ryan Theriot, 2B4010010 .301
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4020000 .284
Jacque Jones, RF4010013 .284
Matt Murton, LF4010001 .299
John Mabry, 1B3000002 .207
Cesar Izturis, SS3010021 .249
Henry Blanco, C2010011 .267
    Les Walrond, P0000000 .000
   a- Freddie Bynum, PH1000011 .261
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .200
    Jae-Kuk Ryu, P0000000 .000
Angel Guzman, P0000000 .167
    Will Ohman, P00000001.000
    Jose Reyes, C2000010 .000
Totals310700710 
a-struck out for Walrond in the 7th
Batting
SH - Angel Guzman (4)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Mabry
Chicago Cubs
Angel Guzman (L,0-6) 4855411 7.81
Will Ohman 1211120 4.26
Les Walrond 2100010 10.57
Roberto Novoa 1000020 4.33
Jae-Kuk Ryu 1000020 7.71
IBB - Kent by Will Ohman
WP - Angel Guzman (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Angel Guzman 81-42, Will Ohman 20-13, Les Walrond 26-14, Roberto Novoa 7-7, Jae-Kuk Ryu 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Angel Guzman 5-3, Les Walrond 3-2, Jae-Kuk Ryu 1-0
Batters Faced - Angel Guzman 21, Will Ohman 6, Les Walrond 7, Roberto Novoa 3, Jae-Kuk Ryu 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35868
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano