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Dodgers' Perez rebounds with strong outing

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Odalis Perez was determined to give his
Dodgers teammates down in the bullpen most of the night off.

Perez pitched eight solid innings, Jeff Kent provided the
go-ahead runs with a two-run double and Los Angeles beat the
Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 Thursday night.

"I am happy to be able to go deep into the game and give those
guys some rest," Perez (7-6) after holding the Phillies to one run
on five hits.

"Tonight was special. I had confidence in all of my pitches, I
got ahead and came out with the win," said Perez, who had a
season-high eight strikeouts to help the Dodgers avoid a sweep in
the three-game series.

He walked three.

"Odalis Perez was terrific, his tempo, his pitch selection,"
Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. "He only made the one bad
pitch, a two-out changeup out over the plate to [Mike]
Lieberthal."

Lieberthal's RBI single in the second inning provided the
Phillies' only run.

Jason Phillips hit a solo homer off reliever Aaron Fultz in the
seventh, his 10th of the season, to give Los Angeles a four-run
lead.

Rookie Dioner Navarro had three hits, all singles, and drove in
a run in the Dodgers' three-run fifth inning.

"Day by day, I'm feeling more comfortable," Navarro said.

Perez kept the Phillies guessing.

"He was throwing a lot of off-speed stuff," said Philadelphia
rookie Ryan Howard, who struck out all three times up after
homering in each of the previous two games. "He had his changeup
and everything kind of sinking, and he mixed up his pitches.

"This was the first time I've faced him, and it's not the kind
of night you want to have. But it's all a learning process. Now
I've seen what he has, and you just kind of put it away for the
future."

Philadelphia starter Cory Lidle (9-10) had control problems,
giving up four runs on five hits and six walks in five innings. He
threw 107 pitches and the six walks were double his high in 24
previous starts this year.

"I didn't feel out of whack out there. It was an unexplainable
night," Lidle said. "I'll just forget about this one. The ball
just wasn't going where I wanted it to.

"It seems like they [the Dodgers] were more patient, but the
umpire was also pretty tight back there. I thought he missed a
couple. And as a hitter, when the umpire's tight, you can afford to
be more patient."

Lidle, who had given up only three walks total in his previous
seven starts, walked Oscar Robles and Jayson Werth in succession
leading off the Dodgers' fifth inning. Milton Bradley hit a low
drive that bounced off third baseman David Bell for an infield
single and loaded the bases. Kent followed with a drive down the
left-field line to give Los Angeles a 3-1 lead. The two RBI gave
him a team-high 80.

After the Dodgers got a run in the first, the Phillies evened it
in the second when Chase Utley led off with a triple and scored on
Lieberthal's hit.

Jose Valentin's RBI single in the opening inning had given the
Dodgers their short-lived lead.

Game notes
Dodgers RHP Yhency Brazoban, who has converted 21 of 25
save opportunities in place of the injured Eric Gagne, is out of
the closer role after giving up a tiebreaking grand slam to Howard
in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 9-5 loss. Tracy said before the
game that he will use Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll to close
until Brazoban regains his form. Sanchez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth in
Thursday's win. ... Los Angeles activated Werth from the disabled
list earlier in the day and placed LHP Wilson Alvarez on the 15-day
DL with a shoulder problem. ... The Phillies are 16-6 against NL
West teams this year and have three-game series against San Diego,
San Francisco and Arizona remaining this month, all on the road.
... Dodgers SS Cesar Izturis sat out because of soreness and
stiffness in his lower back.