LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jeff Kent has not had a letdown since Milton
Bradley went on the disabled list. Right now, it doesn't matter who
Kent is batting in front of in the Dodgers' lineup.
Kent had four hits and four RBI in Los Angeles' 10-6 victory
over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
"I don't believe in the 1-2 protection punch. I believe in a
core of players that need to play well," said Kent, who has hit
safely in his last seven at-bats -- two shy of Ron Cey's Los Angeles
"Teams have scouting reports. And if teams know that we're
hitting well in our whole group of guys, then it really doesn't
matter who's hitting behind whoever," Kent said. "I mean, it
might in a certain situation -- but if we can prove to other teams
that we're hitting well, then that puts the pressure on the other
team to make quality pitches."
Kent went 4-for-4 and drove in a run with each of his hits and
Jayson Werth had a two-run triple among his four hits, helping
bring the defending NL West champions back to the .500 mark at home
(15-15). Kent, a four-time All-Star who signed with the Dodgers in
the offseason, leads all second basemen with 44 RBI.
Brad Penny (3-2) won for the first time in six starts. The
right-hander allowed five runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"He had a nice day, that's for sure. He's been swinging the bat
real well," manager Ned Yost said. "Jenksie also had a good day
with a double and a homer, and it was nice to get the offense back
on track. But we couldn't hold them today pitching wise."
Wes Obermueller (1-1), making his sixth start out of the
bullpen, lasted only 2 2/3 innings for the second consecutive
outing. The right-hander allowed five runs, five hits and three
walks in his first career appearance against the Dodgers. It was
the fourth time he didn't make it through the fifth as a starter.
His ERA in that role is 4.94, compared to a 0.79 ERA in relief.
"I'm my own worst enemy," Obermueller said. "A lot of times I
start battling myself and start thinking too much trying to
concentrate on my mechanics -- instead of just see the mitt, throw
it in the mitt. I've just been letting things compound on each
other in those situations and trying to overdo it, instead of just
staying relaxed and within my ability."
Los Angeles scored four runs in the third to grab a 5-1 lead.
Kent put the Dodgers ahead to stay with a run-scoring double to
left over Lee's head after a leadoff walk to Antonio Perez and a
single by J.D. Drew off the glove of first baseman Lyle Overbay.
Werth, who went 4-for-5 to tie his career high for hits, drove
in two more with a one-out triple past a diving Jenkins in right
field. He needed a home run in the eighth to become the first
Dodger since Wes Parker in 1970 to hit for the cycle, but flied out
to short right field as Jenkins made a sliding catch.
Werth hit .262 with 16 homers and 47 RBI last season, his first
with the Dodgers after beginning his career with Toronto. But in
the team's first preseason game, a pitch from Florida's A.J.
Burnett broke his wrist and he was sidelined until May 25.
"It was a dream come true getting a job as an everyday player,
finally, and I worked hard all winter to be ready to play 162
games," Werth said. "So it was definitely frustrating. But that's
all behind me now. I have a lot to look forward to this season and
I look forward to being in the lineup every day."
One out after Werth's triple, Obermueller threw a wild pitch way
over the head of catcher Damian Miller while attempting an
intentional walk to rookie Mike Rose and Werth scored.
"It was embarrassing," Obermueller said. "A lot of times you
go through your career and have to experience things at least once,
and today was my day. I told myself to just throw it nice and easy
in there, but I held up too much on it.
"It's the same mechanics and everything, but it just got away
from me. If they just awarded the batter first base, it would save
a lot of embarrassment."
Kent made it 6-1 in the fourth with an RBI single against Gary
Glover after Drew's double in the hole off the glove of second
baseman Bill Hall. He also had an RBI single in the first and
finished his day with an RBI double in the seventh.
Miller hit a drive to the right-field fence over Jason
Repko's head, but had to settle for a single after pulling up with
a groin strain. He left for a pinch-runner ... Rose, a 10-year
minor league catcher, threw out a baserunner trying to steal for
the first time in the majors when he cut down Lee to end the third.
Rose, still looking for his first big league hit, walked his first
three times up. ... Los Angeles SS and leadoff batter Cesar
Izturis, hitless in his last 14 at-bats, sat out for the first time