PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bobby Abreu gave Philadelphia an oh-so brief
reason to celebrate.
Penny pitched four-hit ball over seven innings, drove in a run
and helped the Dodgers beat Philadelphia 6-2 Sunday for a
"I was very impressed with what took place today all over,"
Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "It takes a toll on you, but
not really as bad if you lost both of these games."
In the opener, Abreu hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning
in a 6-3 victory that stopped a season-opening four-game losing
streak. The Phillies avoided their first 0-5 start since 1934.
Penny (2-0) was in command throughout, striking out six and
allowing only one runner to reach second base after the first
inning. Penny also put the Dodgers ahead 2-1 in the fourth with a
broken-bat bloop single off Jon Lieber (0-2).
Lance Carter completed a seven-hitter for Los Angeles, which had
"He stayed strong all the way through," Little said.
"Probably the last pitch he made was the best one he made all
After rallying from a 3-0 deficit in the first game, the
Phillies scored first in the second. Leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins
singled, stole second and came around on Abreu's one-out single.
Abreu added an RBI double in the eighth, making him 4-for-6 with
five RBIs in the doubleheader.
Sandy Alomar Jr.'s RBI double in the second tied the game.
Former Phillie Ramon Martinez drove in two more runs with a double
in the eighth, then scored on pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz's double
that made it 5-1.
"It was important for us to start pitching that way," Alomar
said. "If I get a few knocks, that's great."
It also was great for the Dodgers for Penny to pitch deep into
the game and settle down after a shaky first inning. With a quick
turnaround that has the Dodgers playing Monday afternoon at
Pittsburgh -- their third game in 24 hours -- Penny wanted to save
"I was just throwing strikes with all my pitches," he said.
"I got a little more focused and made sure I was making pitches."
Lieber allowed two runs and struck out four in seven innings.
Lieber is 1-7 in 12 career starts against the Dodgers, even though
he's pitched at least six innings in seven straight starts against
Los Angeles. He did lower his season ERA from 21.60 to 8.71.
"It was just a rough day," Lieber said. "Things snowballed."
In the first game, the Phillies took advantage of a fielding
lapse by Los Angeles in the ninth to cap their comeback.
With two outs and a full count, Abreu hit his first homer of the
season, an opposite-field drive to left. He was mobbed at the plate
Tom Gordon (1-1) earned his first win for Philadelphia, striking
out two in the ninth. Gordon and two other relievers did not allow
a hit in three scoreless innings.
"We got a good club, but we just weren't playing very good,"
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "The other teams were
outplaying us. Things started going our way today. We're going to
With runners at the corners and one out, Yhency Brazoban threw a
wild pitch, but pinch-runner Nunez was thrown out at the plate by
catcher Dioner Navarro. Aaron Rowand followed with a tying single,
his first RBI for the Phillies.
Furcal hit a routine fly to center to lead off the game that
Rowand seemed to lose in the sun, and Rowand dropped the ball for
an error. Furcal scored on J.D. Drew's triple off the right-field
Rollins then dropped Bill Mueller's two-out popup to shortstop
for another error, putting the Dodgers ahead 2-0. Navarro homered
in the second.
"It was a tough sun," Phillies starter Ryan Madson said. "You
couldn't blame anybody for that."
After spending the last two seasons in the bullpen, Madson
allowed one earned run and five hits in six innings. In his
previous start, against the Chicago White Sox on June 8, 2004, he
allowed six runs in two-thirds of an innings.
"I tried to keep the ball down," he said. "I only got hurt
when the ball was up."
Philadelphia loaded the bases with one out in the third, and
Chase Utley hit what appeared to be a sure double-play grounder to
shortstop. But second baseman Jeff Kent bounced the relay throw,
allowing Utley to reach and Rollins to score. Pat Burrell followed
with an RBI single.
The doubleheader included the makeup of Saturday's rainout.
... The Dodgers had not played a doubleheader since Aug. 25, 2000
at Chicago. ... The Dodgers will see a familiar face when they play
Monday at Pittsburgh -- Pirates manager Jim Tracy who went 427-383
and won the 2004 NL West title. ... A fan was carried out on a
stretcher in the eighth inning, possibly after being hit by a foul
ball. ... Rollins has a hit in 41 of 42 games, dating to last
season. ... The walkup crowd of over 8,300 among the 38,056 fans
was the largest in Citizens Bank Park history.