Penny done

He went five solid innings on three days’ rest, and although he was a little out of character — he walked five batters and struck out only three — he held the Rockies, a good-hitting club, to two hits. He only got into serious trouble once, when the Rox loaded the bases with none out in the fourth on a double and two walks, but Juan Pierre saved his bacon with a diving catch in shallow center that turned what should have been a three-run double by Brad Hawpe into a sac fly. A baserunning blunder by Todd Helton on the next play — he rounded the bag after a ball hit by Troy Tulowitzki got far enough up the middle that Furcal had no play anywhere, but Furcal alertly threw behind Helton and got him at third — got Penny almost off the hook, and Penny then got Yorvit Torrealba on a called third strike to end the threat. Beyond that, it was fairly smooth sailing, as the Dodgers look to win a series for the first time in a month. … Dodgers 2, Rockies 1, bottom 6

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