Burrell strokes homer in eighth to snap homerless drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pat Burrell came through in the clutch for
the Philadelphia Phillies. Jeff Kent came up empty for the Los
Angeles Dodgers every time he had a chance to hit with runners on
base -- which is his specialty.

Burrell ended a homerless drought of 64 at-bats with a go-ahead
three-run shot in the eighth inning and Ryan Howard homered right
behind him, helping the Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4
on Tuesday night.

"Fortunately, he got one at the right time when we needed it
the most," Howard said.

Rookie Steve Schmoll (2-1) squandered a 2-1 lead he inherited
from starter Brad Penny after seven innings and was charged with
five runs in two-thirds of an inning as the defending NL West
champs fell seven games behind division-leading San Diego.

"Brad pitched a great game tonight, but I let my teammates down
by not making my pitches," Schmoll said. "The positives and
negatives are all learning experiences. It's tougher to learn from
the negatives, but that's just part of the game."

Penny allowed a run and six hits in seven innings and is winless
in six starts. The right-hander didn't get any help from Kent, who
struck out his first four times up -- the first three times with two
men on base. The 2000 NL MVP came in batting a league-leading .400
with runners in scoring position and had a team-high 75 RBI.

"We definitely have a lot of respect for Kent because he's a
tremendous hitter and he's a guy who can put a good hurt on you,"
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

"Every at-bat we approached him a different way and did a real
good job on him. We moved the ball on him a little and threw him a
lot of high fastballs and some sliders. We got him tonight, but
we've got to work hard to get him tomorrow night, too."

Schmoll walked Kenny Lofton with one out in the eighth, Chase
Utley singled and Burrell drove an 0-1 pitch into the lower seats
in the left-field corner with two outs for his 22nd homer.

Howard then golfed a 3-0 pitch into the pavilion seats in
right-center for his seventh of the season, and Mike Lieberthal
greeted Duaner Sanchez with an RBI double after Schmoll walked
David Bell.

"You've got to try to jump on whoever you can. And with Penny
being out of the game, that's what we did," Howard said. "We've
been struggling, trying to get runs home, and got a breakthrough
inning in the eighth when we needed it. That was big."

The Phillies tacked on two more runs in the ninth when Burrell
hit an RBI single after Jimmy Rollins scored on a passed ball by
rookie catcher Dioner Navarro.

Ryan Madson (5-4) pitched a perfect seventh for the win. Ugueth
Urbina allowed Ricky Ledee's two-run homer, the ninth of his career
as a pinch-hitter, in the eighth and Billy Wagner got the final
three outs.

The Dodgers, who stranded six baserunners in the first four
innings against rookie Robinson Tejeda, snapped a scoreless tie in
the fifth. Cesar Izturis drew a leadoff walk before Oscar Robles'
hit-and-run single to left field -- on a pitch that bounced before
it crossed the plate.

Milton Bradley followed with another opposite-field hit that
skipped over third base for an RBI double. Kent struck out with
runners at second and third, but Olmedo Saenz got Robles home with
a broken-bat groundout.

The Phillies got a run back in the sixth when Lofton singled,
stole second and scored on Bobby Abreu's two-out single. Lofton's
steal was the 557th of his career, tying former Dodger Davey Lopes
for 24th all-time and leaving him one behind another ex-Dodger,
Brett Butler.

Tejeda barely made it out of a 26-pitch first inning unscathed,
striking out Jose Valentin with the bases loaded after falling
behind him 3-0. Valentin, who missed 78 games with torn knee
ligaments before returning from the disabled list on July 31, is
4-for-21 with runners in scoring position.

Tejeda allowed two runs, five hits and four walks in five
innings and finished with a career-high eight strikeouts. The
right-hander has allowed no more than two earned runs in nine of
his 10 starts, with a 2.24 ERA in that role.

Game notes
Former Phillies manager Gene Mauch, who began his big
league playing career as a shortstop with the Brooklyn Dodgers in
1944, was remembered with a moment of silence by the crowd of
44,556. Mauch died Monday of cancer at age 79. "I always heard
people say he was the greatest manager who never won a pennant --
but when he was managing against you, he was a very smart adversary
and formidable one that I had great respect for," said former
Dodgers SS Maury Wills, who played for Mauch in Montreal during the
Expos' inaugural 1969 season. "He was a great baseball man and a
great baseball mind. He had that Leo Durocher mentality, and he
enhanced it." ... Manuel spent the final two seasons of his
playing career in the Dodgers organization (1974-75) and played in
19 games for the big club (3-for-17). ... The Dodgers acquired OF
Jose Cruz Jr. from Boston for a player to be named.