LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brett Myers felt much better on the Dodger
Stadium mound than in the bullpen.
Myers pitched two-hit ball for eight scoreless innings and
struck out a season-high nine, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to
a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles.
"I didn't feel good in the 'pen at all. But they always say the
game doesn't start in the 'pen, it starts out on that mound with
the first pitch you throw," Myers said after Philadelphia's fifth
win in six games.
"Everything felt good coming out of my hand today, and I wasn't
holding anything back. I was just trying to throw it as hard as I
could on every pitch and I was locating my fastball pretty good."
The Dodgers appeared deflated after losing new pitcher Brad
Penny in the first inning to a strained right biceps -- and Myers
took full advantage.
The right-hander retired his first 11 batters and 16 of 17
before Brent Mayne lined a leadoff single to right in the sixth
inning for the Dodgers' first hit. Jason Grabowski singled with two
outs in the eighth for the other hit off Myers.
"I got away with some pitches," he said. "They were just
swinging and missing on a lot of pitches, and even the mistakes
they were fouling off."
Myers (7-8) allowed only four baserunners and combined with Tim
Worrell on a four-hitter. Worrell gave up an RBI double to Shawn
Green with two outs in the ninth.
"I know Myers came in with a high earned run average and has
given up some home runs, but over the last year or so when we play
the Phillies and he has pitched, we don't see a whole lot of
that," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
"We see games like the one that got pitched against us today.
There wasn't enough offense to win today. We didn't mount a threat
until the ninth inning."
The Phillies finished 6-7 on their longest road trip of the
season after losing six of the first seven games. They took two of
three against the Dodgers and won the season series 5-1.
"You've got to give these guys in here all the credit for
hanging in there and never quitting," manager Larry Bowa said.
Penny, who allowed just two infield hits in eight scoreless
innings last Tuesday to beat Pittsburgh in his Dodgers debut, got
hurt on his 14th pitch of the game.
"At first, I thought I might have a cramp or something," Penny
said. "I felt it when I released the ball at full extension. I
felt fine warming up before the game. Anytime something like that
happens, it's frustrating. But at least it wasn't my elbow or
Assistant trainer Matt Wilson and Tracy came out to check on
Penny, who threw one warmup pitch and jumped off the mound writhing
in pain before Wilson led him to the clubhouse. Penny will stay in
Los Angeles for an MRI on Monday instead of traveling with the team
"His injury will be something really tough to swallow if it's
something major," Green said. "He's a key guy going down the wire
and we need him at 100 percent."
Penny, who won two games in last year's World Series against the
New York Yankees, joined the NL West-leading Dodgers just before
the trade deadline in a deal that sent Paul Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota
and Juan Encarnacion to Florida. But there is no reason to think he
was damaged goods.
"I've been told that there is no history of that with him --
nothing that would even remotely suggest that there's been any
trouble, as far as a biceps situation is concerned," Tracy said.
Penny (9-9) was charged with the loss. He made only one pitch to
cleanup hitter Jim Thome before Giovanni Carrara replaced him. The
Phillies didn't get another hit until Lou Collier's leadoff single
in the fifth.
Jimmy Rollins led off the seventh with a double to left field
off Grabowski's glove, Rollins stole third and scored on Abreu's
fly to left. Marlon Byrd and pinch-hitter Placido Polanco each hit
an RBI single in the ninth against Duaner Sanchez.
The Phillies lost third baseman David Bell in the second inning
when he grounded out and never made it out of the batter's box
because of back spasms.
Tracy said Carrara will not take Penny's spot in the
rotation if Penny can't make his next scheduled start Friday in
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