For one game, their self-improvements worked and gave Los
Angeles a rare win in Philadelphia.
Jeff Kent hit a three-run homer and Werth had a two-run shot
during a nine-run fifth inning, and Lowe pitched seven strong
innings to lead the Dodgers over the Phillies 10-2 on Wednesday
"That's what you need in order to jump start yourself
offensively," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
Kent drove in four runs, Werth also doubled, Cesar Izturis had
three hits and the Dodgers finished with 14.
Werth, who came in hitting only .234, spent the last few days
working with hitting coach Tim Wallach to find something that would
bust him out of his slump.
"I just had enough of the way things were going," Werth said.
So had Los Angeles.
It was a rare laugher for the Dodgers, who have had little to be
happy about lately and won in Philadelphia for the first time since
Aug. 4, 2002, at now-demolished Veterans Stadium.
Lowe (6-10) has been a bust after leaving Boston for a $36
million, four-year contract to anchor the Dodgers' staff.
The right-hander has struggled with his mechanics and looked
little like the pitcher who helped the Red Sox win the World
Series. Against the Phillies, though, he regained his form, never
facing more than five batters in an inning.
"The whole game was a game I needed personally, and the whole
team, also," Lowe said.
Lowe, who was 0-5 with a 6.34 ERA in seven starts since beating
Detroit 5-3 on June 6, allowed six hits, struck out five, gave up
two unearned runs and walked none.
"For the first time in quite a while, we created some breathing
room for him," Tracy said. "When he gets on his game like that,
he's awfully tough to deal with."
Lowe was never in any trouble and stalled the recent surge of
the Phillies, who lost for only the second time in eight games. He
kept the ball on the ground and cruised until he gave up David
Bell's two-run homer in the seventh.
"This was the way I pitched earlier in the year, mechanically
and confidence-wise," Lowe said. "I got into really a bad string,
but I realized it wasn't something that was going to fix itself. It
was something I had to go try and figure it out."
The results were much better and he had plenty of offensive
The Dodgers' 397 runs coming into the game were the third-fewest
in the NL and one reason why they had lost eight of nine. They
found their offense against Cory Lidle (8-8) in the fifth, when the
righty was rocked for the second straight start.
Werth got Los Angeles rolling when he hit an 0-2 breaking ball
the opposite way to right for a two-run homer, his fifth of the
year and the 25th allowed by Lidle.
Kent later hit his 16th homer, a three-run shot to left that
made it 7-0 and chased Lidle, who failed to get an out. After
pitching just 3 1/3 innings in his last outing, Lidle gave up seven
runs and eight hits in this one.
"Plain and simple, I had a lousy game plan and didn't execute
on any of my pitches," Lidle said. "Even in the fourth inning
when I didn't give up a run, I was missing pitches by a foot. If
I'm not hitting my spots, it's going to be ugly."
Reliever Robinson Tejeda didn't fare much better. Mike Edwards
singled for his second hit of the inning and Werth was hit in the
left shoulder in his second at-bat of the fifth. Jason Repko drove
in both runners with his first triple of the year for a 9-0 lead.
Lowe struck out swinging to end the inning -- he was the 13th
batter -- and the Phillies listened to sarcastic applause as they
headed toward the dugout.
"It's good to get some hits and get things going," Werth said.
"That's one thing we haven't had in a while was a big inning, so
it was nice."
Kent added an RBI single in the sixth.
Hall of Famers George Brett and Dave Winfield were at the
game. ... The Dodgers' eight hits in the fifth were their most in
an inning this year. ... Dodgers OF J.D. Drew had the cast on his
broken left wrist removed Wednesday. Drew, batting .286 with 15
homers, started range of motion exercises. ... Phillies minor
league LHP Cole Hamels will have his sore back examined Thursday
morning by the team doctor. Hamels, considered the organization's
top pitching prospect, felt soreness after his start Tuesday night
for Double-A Reading.