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Homers from Kent, Kemp help Penny to 11th win of season

• Winning ways: Penny is the first Dodger to start a season 11-1 since Doug Rau in 1977.

• Unsung heroes: Jeff Kent and Matt Kemp both hit three-run homers.

• Figure this: Phillies starter Jamie Moyer gave up 10 runs for the loss. That's the most he's allowed in a game since surrendering 10 to the Red Sox on Aug. 14, 2002.

• Quotable: "I've made over 500 starts, and this just goes into the whole pile with all of them -- good ones and bad ones. The score obviously makes it look a lot worse, but that's baseball. It makes no sense to go home and cry
about it. I've been in this game too long not to realize that one
game doesn't make a season." -- Moyer

-- ESPN.com news services

Dodgers 10, Phillies 3

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers gave Brad Penny more
run support than he needed as they piled it on against 44-year-old
Jamie Moyer.

Jeff Kent and Matt Kemp hit three-run homers and the Dodgers
routed the Philadelphia Phillies 10-3 on Monday night for their
season-high fifth straight victory. Los Angeles maintained its
one-game lead over San Diego in the NL West.

"We've been swinging the bats pretty well, so I knew we were
going to score some runs," Kemp said. "But I didn't know we were
going to break out like that."

Penny (11-1) became the first Dodgers pitcher to begin a season
11-1 since Doug Rau in 1977. The right-hander, coming off his
second straight appearance in the All-Star Game, allowed a run and
four hits over seven innings against an offense that came in
leading the National League in runs, on-base percentage and
extra-base hits.

"They definitely have some guys who can swing the bats,"
catcher Russell Martin said. "Most hitters feast on mistakes. But
when you've got a pitcher that's really not making many mistakes,
it doesn't matter who's hitting. It's going to be hard for them to
produce some runs."

Penny won his sixth straight decision over a span of 10 starts
and lowered his ERA to 2.33 while striking out eight and walking
three. He also tied Philadelphia's Cole Hamels and Carlos Zambrano
of the Cubs for the NL lead in wins.

"When a team is hot like we are, it makes it easier to pitch,"
said Penny, who worked up a blister on his middle finger in his
previous start. "I was a bit uncomfortable at first because I
hadn't pitched in a while, but the last three or four innings I
started hitting my spots."

Moyer (7-8) lost his third straight start, giving up 10 runs and
10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. His ERA jumped from 4.43 to 4.92.

"I've made over 500 starts, and this just goes into the whole
pile with all of them -- good ones and bad ones," said Moyer, who
has 223 career wins. "The score obviously makes it look a lot
worse, but that's baseball. It makes no sense to go home and cry
about it. I've been in this game too long not to realize that one
game doesn't make a season."

With the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth and the
Phillies already trailing 6-1, manager Charlie Manuel decided to
let Moyer bat for himself instead of using a pinch hitter. Penny
struck him out.

"I definitely thought about hitting for him there," Manuel
said. "But at the same time, what came into play was where we were
at with our bullpen."

Juan Pierre's presence on the bases in the first and third
innings appeared to unnerve Moyer, and it translated into three-run
innings both times against the veteran left-hander.

"You have to respect his ability to steal bases. Other than
that, I don't think he's a distraction," Moyer said.

Pierre led off the third with a single and stole second. Martin
walked, and Kent drove Moyer's next pitch into the left field
pavilion for his 12th homer and a 6-1 lead. The three RBIs
increased Kent's career total to 1,430, tying Hall of Famer Yogi
Berra for 56th place all-time.

In the first, Rafael Furcal and Pierre singled, Furcal scored on
Martin's groundout, and Pierre stole third before James Loney hit a
sacrifice fly. Kent, who walked in front of Loney, came all the way
around on a double by Nomar Garciaparra.

"Pierre's definitely a distraction and he creates a big problem
for us," Manuel said. "When he gets on second, it seems like he
steals third much easier than second. When you've got someone like
that, you always have guys in scoring position and you stand a good
chance of scoring. That's what we ran into early on tonight."

The Dodgers broke it open with a four-run sixth. Andre Ethier
had an RBI single and Kemp drove the next pitch into the left field
bullpen for his fourth homer, giving Los Angeles a 10-1 lead. Moyer
faced two more batters before coming out.

"He throws a lot of soft stuff, so you've just got to patient
and make sure you get a pitch up to hit," Kemp said. "It's hard
to stay back on Moyer because he's a good pitcher, and you usually
get yourself out on him. That's what I did my first two at-bats,
but I got the job done on the third at-bat."

Game notes
The first time Moyer pitched at Dodger Stadium was on July
10, 1986, as a Chicago Cubs rookie. Two of his teammates were OF
Gary Matthews and SS Chris Speier -- whose sons now play for the Los Angeles Angels. ... RHP Roberto Hernandez, who is just two years
younger than Moyer, made his first appearance for the Dodgers'
Triple-A Las Vegas team on Monday night. He pitched a scoreless
inning and allowed one hit. ... Ethier started in left in place of
Luis Gonzalez, who is 0-for-13 lifetime against Moyer.