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Penny nails ninth win of season, Dodgers rout Jays

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TORONTO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to have to make do without Jason Schmidt for a while. Fortunately for them, Brad Penny is still going strong.

Penny became the second nine-game winner in the National League, Russell Martin homered in his first major league game in his native Canada and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 on Tuesday night.

"(Penny) was solid again tonight," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "That's what it takes to win games."

Schmidt was placed on the disabled list Monday with a sore right shoulder. He'll undergo surgery in Los Angeles Wednesday and his return date in uncertain. Right-hander Chad Billingsley will start in Schmidt's place Thursday against Toronto.

"When you lose an ingredient like Jason Schmidt from the rotation, everyone else has got to step it up," Little said.

Luis Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with four RBI for the Dodgers, who matched a season-high in runs.

"When you get contributions from the middle of the lineup like we did today, that's a good sign," Gonzalez said.

Martin, who was born in Toronto but grew up in Chelsea, Quebec, hit a solo home run to left in the sixth, his eighth, off reliever Lee Gronkiewicz.

"He shows us that day in and day out," Little said. "To be able to show that to his people up here, that's great."

With some 40 family and friends in attendance, Martin finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.

"It's always fun playing at home in front of your family and fans," Martin said. "I don't think it could have been better."

Penny (9-1) allowed one run on six hits over seven innings to win his fourth straight decision. He walked one, struck out five and lowered his ERA to 2.12, second best in the NL.

"I got away with a lot of mistakes, to be honest with you," Penny said. "That was probably my worst location this year. I got away with a lot of stuff tonight."

Penny, who has not lost in six starts, joined Philadelphia's Cole Hamels as the only nine-game winners in the National League. His last defeat came May 18 at the Los Angeles Angels.

Like the Dodgers, the Blue Jays also got bad news about one of their starting pitchers before the game. Right-hander A.J. Burnett was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of pain in his shoulder.

Then Toronto right-hander Dustin McGowan went out and got pounded.

After Rafael Furcal opened the game by striking out, the next five batters reached base safely as Los Angeles built a 3-0 lead. Gonzalez and Jeff Kent had RBI singles and Marlon Anderson added a run-scoring grounder.

"After that, everything just kind of fell apart for (McGowan) and he left some balls up over the plate," Gonzalez said. "He had good velocity, his ball just wasn't moving."

McGowan was chased in the second after a walk and four straight singles led to three more Dodgers runs. Nomar Garciaparra, Gonzalez and Martin all had RBI as Los Angeles took a 6-0 lead.

"Everything I threw was flat," McGowan said. "The sinker wasn't really sinking. It was just staying inside the zone."

McGowan (3-3) allowed six runs on eight hits in 1 2-3 innings, his shortest career start.

The Dodgers added three more in the fourth against reliever Jordan De Jong when Gonzalez hit a two-run double and scored on Anderson's single.

Toronto's only run came in the second when Troy Glaus doubled, went to third on a base hit by Matt Stairs and scored on Aaron Hill's fielder's choice.

Rudy Seanez relieved Penny and pitched a perfect eighth, and former Blue Jay Mark Hendrickson worked the ninth.

Notes

  • Furcal was the only Dodgers player not to reach base. He went 0-for-5, struck out twice and grounded into a double play.
  • The Blue Jays suffered their most lopsided defeat of the season.
  • Making his major league debut, Gronkiewicz allowed one run on two hits over four innings. He walked two and struck out two.
 
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Jeff Kent and Juan Pierre combine for four hits and six runs in the Dodgers' rout over the Jays.  (AP)
Jeff Kent and Juan Pierre combine for four hits and six runs in the Dodgers' rout over the Jays. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

L. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
Los Angeles

B. Penny
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 5
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5000021 .279
Juan Pierre, CF4320100 .281
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B5221001 .282
Jeff Kent, 2B3321110 .260
    Wilson Betemit, 3B0000100 .204
Luis Gonzalez, LF4134000 .293
    Matt Kemp, RF1000011 .417
Russell Martin, C4122102 .292
Marlon Anderson, DH4022002 .273
   a- Mike Lieberthal, PH-DH1000010 .212
Tony Abreu, 3B-2B5010013 .266
Andre Ethier, RF-LF4000102 .261
Totals4010141056  
a-struck out for Anderson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (9, McGowan), Luis Gonzalez (16, De Jong), Tony Abreu (11, De Jong)
HR - Russell Martin (8, Gronkiewicz)
RBI - Nomar Garciaparra (38), Jeff Kent (34), Luis Gonzalez 4 (34), Russell Martin 2 (43), Marlon Anderson 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Nomar Garciaparra (12), Luis Gonzalez (11), Russell Martin 2 (18), Marlon Anderson (1)
SB - Juan Pierre 3 (23, 2nd base off McGowan/Zaun, 3rd base off McGowan/Zaun, 2nd base off De Jong/Zaun)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Penny-Furcal-Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny (W,9-1) 7611150 2.12
Rudy Seanez 1000020 3.55
Mark Hendrickson 1000010 4.53
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 95-67, Rudy Seanez 9-8, Mark Hendrickson 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 7-8, Mark Hendrickson 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 27, Rudy Seanez 3, Mark Hendrickson 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF3020100 .295
Gregg Zaun, C3000012 .178
    Curtis Thigpen, C1000010 .353
Vernon Wells, CF4000011 .254
Troy Glaus, 3B3120000 .301
    John McDonald, 3B1000000 .297
Frank Thomas, DH4000002 .226
Matt Stairs, 1B3020001 .284
   a- Jason Phillips, PH1000010 .220
Aaron Hill, 2B2001001 .265
    Howie Clark, 2B1000010 .313
Adam Lind, LF3000011 .230
Royce Clayton, SS3000020 .236
Totals3216118  
a-struck out for Stairs in the 9th
Batting
2B - Troy Glaus (12, Penny), Matt Stairs (6, Penny)
RBI - Aaron Hill (41)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Clayton-Stairs
Toronto Blue Jays
Dustin McGowan (L,3-3) 1.2866220 5.68
Jordan De Jong 2.1433110 10.38
Lee Gronkiewicz 4211221 2.25
Brian Tallet 1000010 2.43
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin McGowan 65-38, Jordan De Jong 42-25, Lee Gronkiewicz 48-27, Brian Tallet 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin McGowan 2-1, Jordan De Jong 4-2, Lee Gronkiewicz 5-4, Brian Tallet 1-1
Batters Faced - Dustin McGowan 15, Jordan De Jong 12, Lee Gronkiewicz 15, Brian Tallet 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22763
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Chad Fairchild