Dodgers dump Phils for seventh straight home win

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Even without his best stuff, Derek Lowe was
good enough, and the Dodgers' youngsters were even better.

Lowe threw six shutout innings, Matt Kemp and J.D. Drew each had
three-run homers and Los Angeles beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2
Thursday night, their seventh consecutive home victory.

The streak equals the Dodgers' longest since May 14-22, 2003.
They have won 19 of their last 24 overall.

"These kids are not just doing good, but contributing at the
highest levels," Lowe said. "It's exciting to see this many young
kids play this well."

The old guy wasn't too bad, either, although he wasn't impressed
with his performance.

Lowe (4-3) gave up five hits, struck out three and walked two on
his 33rd birthday. He won his third consecutive start -- a span in
which he has a 0.45 ERA.

"It was a struggle," he said. "I never really got in a good
rhythm. There were guys on base every single inning."

The Phillies thought otherwise, though.

"He was getting ahead of us and keeping the ball off the
plate," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He was making us hit the
ball where it was pitched and he pitched his game. He pitched to
left-handed hitters inside with his slider, then he sunk the ball
away on them."

Lowe helped himself at the plate, too, hitting a two-out double
in the second before Rafael Furcal walked and Kemp homered for the
first time in the majors.

"When you're 1-for-24, you'll take anything," Lowe said.

Since losing to Atlanta 11-10 on opening day, Lowe has a 4-2
record in his last 11 starts. The right-hander pitched out of a jam
in the sixth, getting Aaron Rowand on a grounder to shortstop with
runners on second and third.

"Outside of that first game, this guy's kept us right in every
ballgame," manager Grady Little said. "He's very dependable."

Gavin Floyd (4-3) allowed seven runs and seven hits in four
innings, struck out three and walked four in his first loss since
April 25 against Colorado. The right-hander also has three
no-decisions since his last win against the New York Mets on May

"I felt good, but I was rushing myself sometimes, made a couple
of pitches up and they hit home runs," he said. "I'm trying to
dominate out there and right now I'm doing the opposite. My
confidence is fine. I know what I have. It's just that I've got to
go out there and pitch like I can."

Floyd split time between Triple-A Scranton and Philadelphia last
season, with losing records in both places.

"He's a guy who's young and he's having a hard time getting
established at the major league level," Manuel said. "He needs
more experience and the more you send him out there, eventually
this guy's going to be a good big league pitcher because he's got
the size and he's got the arm. But until he develops and matures,
he might struggle."

Floyd struck out Willy Aybar with the bases loaded to end the
first. But in the second, Kemp connected on a 1-0 pitch that struck
the left field pole, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.

"I was wondering if it was going to go foul," Kemp said.
"Everybody was saying the bat boy almost threw the ball in the
stands. I got the ball."

Martin led off the fourth with a solo homer. With two outs, Kemp
walked and Nomar Garciaparra singled to third before Drew's
three-run homer made it 7-0.

The Phillies scored twice in the ninth. With one out, Tim
Hamulack gave up an RBI single to Mike Lieberthal and a run-scoring
groundout to pinch-hitter Abraham Nunez.

Game notes
OF-IF Joel Guzman made his major league debut, becoming the
sixth Dodger to do this season. He arrived from Triple-A Las Vegas
after the game began, came in at third base in the eighth and
grounded into a double play in his only at-bat. ... Garciaparra
went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored while improving his
average with runners in scoring position to .476. ... Lowe improved
to 2-2 with one save in six appearances on his birthday. ... The
Phillies dropped to 4-6 halfway through a run of playing 20
consecutive days. ... The Phillies' 14-game home run hitting streak
ended. They have hit 28 on the road, averaging 1.40, tops in the