Penny tosses Dodgers to a 3-2 win over victory over Rockies
DENVER ” Brad Penny allowed one run in six strong innings and Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run single, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.
Penny (4-1) left after five innings in his last start because of a stiff back, but didn’t seem to have any lingering effects, hitting the mid-90s with his fastball and keeping the Rockies off balance with a looping curveball. The right-hander gave up three runs or less for the ninth time in as many starts this season, helping the Dodgers to their ninth win in 12 games.
Jason Jennings (2-4) matched Penny most of the way before giving up three runs in the seventh inning for his fourth loss in five starts.
The right-hander gave up a pair of one-out singles to Ramon Martinez and Russell Martin, then pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz tied the game with an RBI single to left.
Jennings struck out Rafael Furcal for the second out, walked Jose Cruz Jr. to load the bases, and Garciaparra put the Dodgers up 3-1 with a hard single to left.
Colorado, which has lost six of eight, didn’t give Jennings much support, getting a run in the sixth inning on Miguel Ojeda’s RBI single.
The Rockies cut the Dodgers’ lead to 3-2 in the eighth, when Matt Holliday, who doubled off Joe Beimel with one out, scored on third baseman Oscar Robles’ throwing error. Danys Baez got Ojeda to hit into a double play to end the inning, then gave up a single to Cory Sullivan and hit Garrett Atkins in the ninth before getting Todd Helton to fly out for his ninth save in 14 chances.
Penny didn’t give the Rockies many chances before that.
He struck out Brad Hawpe with runners on second and third to end the first inning, then got consecutive groundouts to end the third after Sullivan doubled. The Rockies had a pair of singles off Penny in the fourth and fifth innings before breaking through in the sixth, when Jason Smith hit a two-out single, stole second and scored on Ojeda’s single to left.
Penny was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh after allowing six hits, hitting two batters and striking out seven.
Jennings was just as good through six innings, allowing a pair of singles in the second and another in the fifth, before running into trouble in the seventh.
Jennings was done after that, allowing three runs and seven hits for his first loss in seven career starts against the Dodgers at Coors Field.
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