Brad Penny was good. Not great. Maybe not even good enough to beat a good-hitting team, which the Giants most certainly are not. But in his first start since June 15, he was as good as the Dodgers needed him to be to help them get to 58-57 and within a half-game of the Snakes. Jeff Kent had a three-run double in a five-run Dodgers third. Danny Ardoin hit his first home run in the majors in almost three years. Casey Blake hit his second home run for the Dodgers. Angel Berroa drove in a run with a two-out double in the third, his third extra-base hit in a span of 10 plate appearances. And Broxton got his seventh save, striking out Randy Winn with the bases jacked to end it. … Brian Falkenborg was still around after the game. Said if he clears waivers, he’ll accept an assignment to Vegas, his logic being that if no team claims him off waivers, no team is going to then sign him as a free agent to pitch in the majors. Also said that while no one promised him anything in terms of a September callup, “they said there is a good chance.” He also said he had been DFA’d several times in the past, and no team had ever put in a waiver claim on him. My guess is we’ll see him in a few weeks.