Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 2-0 (as of 5/23)

Game 1: Monday, May 22
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LA Dodgers6
Game 2: Tuesday, May 23
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Game 3: Wednesday, May 24
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Rockies 1

(25-21, 12-11 away)

Dodgers 8

(26-20, 15-10 home)

10:10 PM ET, May 23, 2006

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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W: B. Penny (5-1)

L: J. Jennings (2-5)

Dodgers win sixth game in a row and 14th out of 17

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers aren't just beating teams lately, they're humiliating them.

Kenny Lofton hit a two-run triple, J.D. Drew tripled home another run and the Dodgers extended their winning streak to a season-high six games with an 8-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Only twice in their last 16 games have the Dodgers scored fewer than five runs. They are averaging 7.1 runs during that stretch, and have outscored their opponents 45-9 over their last five games.

"It's nice to know that we're going to put up some runs out there," starter Brad Penny said. "You knew Jeff Kent and Rafael Furcal were going to come around and start hitting the ball, because they're too good not to. Our defense is playing real good right now. We're not making the stupid mistakes we were earlier, and we're not making the stupid mistakes as pitchers that we were earlier when the team wasn't hitting."

Penny (5-1) allowed five hits over five scoreless innings and struck out five, helping the Dodgers win for the 14th time in 17 games. The right-hander threw 104 pitches and was replaced by Tim Hamulack, who gave up a leadoff home run to Garrett Atkins in the sixth.

"It's nice to have the good numbers, but I'd like to have more innings," Penny said. "Guys have been fouling off a lot of pitches right now and I've been getting into deep pitch counts, but I'm pleased with the way things are going."

Jason Jennings (2-5) was charged with six runs -- five earned -- and 11 hits in six-plus innings. The right-hander has lost his last three starts against the Dodgers, including a 3-2 decision last Wednesday, when he took a shutout into the seventh and gave up three runs.

"I was facing Penny in back-to-back starts, and he's been hot all year. So I didn't really expect us to go out and score five or six runs," Jennings said. "If we don't score we don't win. And if I don't pitch good, we don't win. So it's a bad combination right now."

Jennings, the 2002 NL rookie of the year, has only one victory in his last eight starts overall -- a shutout against Houston. He has received no more than two runs of support in any of his last four losses.

"His record says he's 2-5, but he's pitched a lot better than that. And that's what he needs to focus on and hold onto," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We always talk about controlling things that are in your control. And what he can control is how he pitches. He can't control how many runs we're going to score. That's a trap that young players fall into and one he's got to stay away from."

Hurdle gave Jennings every opportunity to pick up a win, letting him pitch into the seventh. But right fielder Brad Hawpe dropped Lofton's flyball on the warning track for a two-base error and Nomar Garciaparra chased Jennings with an RBI double on his 113th pitch, increasing the Dodgers' lead to 5-1.

"I don't want to have only two wins in the middle of May," Jennings said. "I think I've pitched well enough to have four or five right now. I want to start contributing a little bit more than I am right now."

Drew opened the scoring in the first with an RBI triple into the right field corner and came home on Willy Aybar's double over Hawpe's head. Colorado has given up 38 runs in the first inning, more than they have in any other. Jennings has surrendered 10 first-inning runs in his 10 starts.

The Dodgers made it 4-0 in the second with Lofton's fifth triple of the season and 103rd of his career. It came after Jennings gave up singles to Penny and Furcal and threw a wild pitch to Lofton that allowed both runners to advance.

Both triples by Los Angeles were on grounders between first baseman Todd Helton and the bag, but the three-time Gold Glove winner had no chance on either. The Dodgers already have 16 triples, just five fewer than all last season.

Rookie Russell Martin was 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the eighth against Sun-Woo Kim, who hit Aybar with a pitch leading off the inning. Furcal drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly.

"This team's greatest strength is the frame of mind that they're coming to the park with every day," manager Grady Little said. "Recently, I've seen everyone's faces when they walk in the door. They come to the park knowing they've got a chance to win a game. That's a big stepping stone in any season for any ballclub. That hasn't been the case all season, but it's starting to look like that every day."

Game notes


Jennings is 1-5 with a 3.63 ERA in eight career starts at Dodger Stadium, and has lost his last five decisions here. ... Garciaparra, a five-time All-Star shortstop who was converted into a first baseman during spring training, has handled 279 total chances flawlessly through his first 28 games at that position. He is the only 1B in the NL without a miscue and at least 100 total chances.

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