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Francis outduels Penny; brawl erupts as Rockies end losing streaks

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LOS ANGELES -- Nothing like a bench-clearing brawl to spice up a pitching duel. The worst thing about it was that it grabbed most of the attention away from Jeff Francis' best outing of the season.

Francis outpitched longtime Rockies nemesis Brad Penny and Colorado beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 on Tuesday night, snapping an eight-game losing streak and a franchise-record 13-game road skid.

Penny was 9-0 with a 3.28 ERA in his previous 13 starts versus the defending NL champions, and 14-2 with a 3.06 ERA in his 23 career starts against them before Tuesday.

"Penny's been good against us, no question. But I felt like if we kept their offense down a little bit, we could give our offense a chance to win the game. And we did that," Francis said. "Losing eight in a row is never fun, obviously. I feel like this lifts a little pressure off our shoulders and we can come out and have some fun tomorrow."

Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp struck out on a pitch in the dirt from Taylor Buchholz for the third out in the eighth inning, and the ball rolled a few feet to the right of catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who accidentally made contact with Kemp from behind before picking up the ball and tagging him lightly in the chest.

The frustrated Kemp, who was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and two groundouts, then shoved Torrealba -- who retaliated by shoving Kemp in the face with both hands. In no time, they were wrestling on the infield grass as both benches and bullpens emptied. Order was quickly restored without any further incidents. Kemp and Torrealba both were ejected.

"I'm not used to acting in that way. It's not in my character. It was out of frustration," Kemp said. "We were losing the game and it was stupid -- really stupid. It was not a good decision on my part. But it happened, and we have to deal with whatever happens after it."

Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent did his best to support Kemp under the circumstances, choosing instead to put a positive spin on it and how it will help the three-year veteran in the long run.

"All of us in here, whether we're winning or losing, everybody's backing each other on their decisions," Kent said. "I think it was frustration because of the inconsistencies on our team. I mean, guys are able to have a great day one day, and the next day they can't figure it out. So that breeds frustration, it breeds anger, it breeds depression, and no doubt those are some of the things that inexperienced players learn to deal with over time."

Torrealba was more than happy to talk about Francis' pitching, but not the fracas with Kemp. Rockies manager Clint Hurdle did, however.

"Basically, he just took a stand. He wasn't going to get pushed around -- plain and simple," Hurdle said. "I think if you've played this game for a while, if somebody pushes you in front of 38,000 people ... I think he acted pretty appropriately."

Francis (2-5) gave up four hits in seven innings. He struck out five, walked four and retired his last 10 batters. The Dodgers, who have lost nine of 12, scored fewer than three runs for the eighth time during that stretch.

Pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta homered on reliever Cory Wade's first pitch in the ninth, and Brian Fuentes recorded his seventh save in 10 attempts to complete the six-hitter. He retired rookie Blake DeWitt on a foul fly to right field with two runners in scoring position after giving up a two-out single to James Loney and a double to Delwyn Young.

Penny (5-7) allowed two runs, six hits and four walks over six innings and struck out five. The right-hander, who won 13 of his first 14 decisions last season en route to a 16-4 record and finished third in the Cy Young voting, is 0-5 with an 8.28 ERA in his past six outings.

Colorado opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the third. Omar Quintanilla led off with a single, advanced on Francis' sacrifice bunt, took third on a balk and came home on Scott Podsednik's sacrifice fly. Penny then gave up a single to Seth Smith, a walk to Ryan Spilborghs and an RBI single by Todd Helton that extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Notes

  • Penny's balk was only the sixth of his career and his first since the 2003 season, when he had four with the Florida Marlins.
  • Rockies RHP Ryan Speier, sidelined since May 12 because of a bruised shoulder, was activated from the disabled list and rookie RHP Alberto Arias was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
  • Penny, who walked a batter in the first inning, has retired the side in order in the first frame only four times in his 13 starts. This was the eighth time he has failed to get through the first three innings without giving up a run.
 
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This exchange between Matt Kemp and Yorvit Torrealba sparks a wild scene in the eighth.  (AP)
This exchange between Matt Kemp and Yorvit Torrealba sparks a wild scene in the eighth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Francis
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
Colorado

S. Smith
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Colorado Rockies
Scott Podsednik, CF-LF4001001 .241
Seth Smith, RF3120010 .256
   a- Willy Taveras, PH-CF2010000 .240
Ryan Spilborghs, LF-RF3010200 .310
Todd Helton, 1B2011211 .292
Garrett Atkins, 3B4000006 .305
Ian Stewart, 2B2000123 .258
    Jon Herrera, 2B1000000 .240
Yorvit Torrealba, C4010001 .227
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Omar Quintanilla, SS4110001 .244
Jeff Francis, P2000012 .111
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Iannetta, PH-C1111000 .278
Totals3238355  
a-singled for Smith in the 7th
b-homered for Buchholz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Yorvit Torrealba (10, Penny)
HR - Chris Iannetta (5, Wade)
SF - Scott Podsednik (1)
SH - Jeff Francis (9)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (10), Todd Helton (22), Chris Iannetta (18)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (15)
CS - Willy Taveras (2, 2nd base by Beimel/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis (W,2-5) 7400250 5.53
Taylor Buchholz (H,11) 1000020 1.72
Brian Fuentes (S,7) 1200000 2.66
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 113-69, Taylor Buchholz 14-9, Brian Fuentes 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 9-6
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 26, Taylor Buchholz 3, Brian Fuentes 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, LF-CF4020000 .284
Matt Kemp, CF4000022 .312
    Terry Tiffee, LF0000000 .250
Jeff Kent, 2B4010002 .244
Russell Martin, C4000001 .315
James Loney, 1B4010020 .280
Delwyn Young, RF4020000 .278
Blake Dewitt, 3B3000112 .293
Chin-lung Hu, SS2000102 .160
    Cory Wade, P0000000 .000
Brad Penny, P2000011 .174
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    Luis Maza, SS1000010 .237
Totals3206027  
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (7, Francis), Delwyn Young 2 (3, Francis, Fuentes)
CS - Juan Pierre (5, 3rd base by Francis/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Kent-Hu-Loney
E - Brad Penny (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny (L,5-7) 6622450 5.45
Joe Beimel 0.2100100 1.50
Scott Proctor 0.1000000 5.61
Cory Wade 2111001 1.62
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 116-73, Joe Beimel 11-5, Cory Wade 35-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 6-7, Joe Beimel 1-0, Scott Proctor 1-0, Cory Wade 2-4
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 28, Joe Beimel 3, Scott Proctor 1, Cory Wade 7
Game Information
Attendance - 38548
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Paul Schrieber