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Penny continues dominance over D-Backs as Dodgers pick up win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Dodgers manager Grady Little gave ace Brad Penny an extra day off so he could face NL West leader Arizona in the opener of a four-game series.

Penny made his manager look smart. Extending his dominance of the Diamondbacks, Penny earned his 10th victory to help Los Angeles beat Arizona 8-1 on Monday night.

"I wasn't feeling too good about it yesterday," said Little, referring to Sunday's 9-4 loss at Tampa Bay. "But it turned out good today. He was outstanding."

Penny (10-1) has been outstanding against the Diamondbacks and the rest of the National League. He allowed one run and four hits in eight innings, lowering his NL-leading ERA to 2.04. His only loss this season came against the Los Angeles Angels on May 18.

Penny improved to 7-2 lifetime against the Diamondbacks, who drafted him in the fifth round in 1996, two years before they played their first game. Penny was named Arizona's minor league pitcher of the year in 1998, but the next season the Diamondbacks traded Penny, still in the minors, to Florida.

Penny said he was "absolutely" motivated to beat the Diamondbacks.

"Any time you get traded from a team, you want to show them that they traded the wrong guy," Penny said.

Russell Martin hit a two-run triple and Wilson Betemit homered for the Dodgers, who drew within a half-game of Arizona in the NL West. The Dodgers are 5-1 against Arizona.

Former Diamondback Luis Gonzalez singled home the go-ahead run in a four-run sixth inning. Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth to complete the five-hitter.

Penny said he approached pitching coach Rick Honeycutt last week about taking an extra day off so he could face the Diamondbacks.

"Any time you can pitch against your division, it counts as two games instead of one sometimes," Penny said.

The extra rest made a difference. Penny said he felt strong all night, and he turned in his longest outing.

Penny's only mistake came in the fourth, when he gave up a two-out double to Chris Young. Penny retired 13 of the next 14 batters he faced, allowing only a sixth-inning walk to Chad Tracy.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin said his hitters might have had trouble picking up Penny's splitter.

"He was real good again today," Melvin said. "He's throwing more splits now than he has in the past, and it looks a lot like his fastball coming out of his hand. Just a tough guy to solve again."

Conor Jackson singled twice off Penny and had three of Arizona's five hits. Asked how he did it, Jackson said, "Pray to the baseball gods. I don't know. I was just trying to put good wood on the ball."

Penny helped himself in the sixth, leading off with a double against Micah Owings (5-2). The Dodgers had only two hits to that point, but Penny's double sparked a four-run inning, which was helped along by shortstop Stephen Drew's error.

"He's a threat offensively," Little said. "He started that inning off right there with that double in the corner. It kind of lit a fuse under everyone."

After Penny doubled, Rafael Furcal moved him to third with an infield single. Drew booted Juan Pierre's grounder, allowing Penny to score. Pierre was credited with an RBI on the play.

Owings responded to the error by retiring the next two batters. Then Gonzalez singled sharply to right field, scoring Furcal to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

Martin followed with a two-run triple to right-center to make it 4-1, and that was plenty of support for Penny.

Owings allowed four runs, one earned, and six hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Owings knew he had to pitch well to have a chance against Penny.

"Definitely one of the best in the league and one of the best in the game right now, but I did the best I could to put the team in a position to win," Owings said.

Notes

  • Phoenix Mercury general manager Ann Meyers Drysdale threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Meyers Drysdale is the widow of the late Dodgers Hall of Famer, Don Drysdale.
  • The Dodgers are on the final leg of a three-city trip to Toronto, Tampa and Phoenix. By the time they return to Los Angeles after Thursday night's game, the Dodgers will have logged 5,424 air miles.
  • Dodgers 2B Jeff Kent came out after fouling a ball off his left big toe in the sixth. X-rays were negative.
 
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Brad Penny earns his 10th win, allowing only one run over eight innings to beat the Diamondbacks.  (AP)
Brad Penny earns his 10th win, allowing only one run over eight innings to beat the Diamondbacks. (AP)

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Arizona

C. Jackson
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Los Angeles

R. Martin
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5110002 .276
Juan Pierre, CF5112001 .276
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B5000003 .275
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Jeff Kent, 2B2000102 .264
    Wilson Betemit, 3B1111000 .198
Luis Gonzalez, LF4111020 .294
    Matt Kemp, RF0000000 .431
Russell Martin, C4022010 .293
Andre Ethier, RF-LF3100102 .276
Tony Abreu, 3B-2B3110100 .271
Brad Penny, P2110010 .241
   a- James Loney, PH-1B1112000 .448
Totals3589834  
a-tripled for Penny in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brad Penny (2, Owings)
3B - Russell Martin (2, Owings), James Loney (2, Peguero)
HR - Wilson Betemit (8, Slaten)
RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (17), Wilson Betemit (20), Luis Gonzalez (39), Russell Martin 2 (49), James Loney 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (6), Wilson Betemit (11), Luis Gonzalez (14), Russell Martin 2 (20)
CS - Jeff Kent (2, 2nd base by Owings/Snyder)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Kent-Furcal-Garciaparra
E - Andre Ethier (4, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny (W,10-1) 8411240 2.04
Jonathan Broxton 1100000 3.35
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 104-74, Jonathan Broxton 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 11-8, Jonathan Broxton 2-1
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 29, Jonathan Broxton 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, LF4000020 .313
Stephen Drew, SS3000110 .235
Orlando Hudson, 2B4010010 .297
Chad Tracy, 3B3000101 .283
Conor Jackson, 1B4130001 .283
Chris Young, CF3011001 .247
Carlos Quentin, RF3000002 .210
Chris Snyder, C3000001 .213
Micah Owings, P2000000 .174
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
   a- Augie Ojeda, PH1000000 .400
    Jailen Peguero, P0000000 .000
Totals3015124  
a-lined out for Slaten in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (13, Penny)
SH - Chris Young (1)
RBI - Chris Young (28)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Young (9)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Snyder-Drew, Drew-Hudson-Jackson
E - Stephen Drew (7, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Micah Owings (L,5-2) 6641120 3.84
Juan Cruz 1000010 3.58
Doug Slaten 1111001 3.00
Jailen Peguero 1233210 7.04
HBP - Penny (by Micah Owings)
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 98-57, Juan Cruz 11-8, Doug Slaten 9-5, Jailen Peguero 31-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 10-5, Doug Slaten 1-2
Batters Faced - Micah Owings 25, Juan Cruz 3, Doug Slaten 4, Jailen Peguero 7
Game Information
Attendance - 24966
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 103
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth