Brad Penny outdueled one of baseball’s best pitchers in his last outing. Another strong performance Saturday might mean just as much.
Penny gave up 10 hits in a complete-game, 2-1 win over Pedro Martinez and the New York Mets on Sunday. Martinez took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and allowed just two hits, but Penny walked away with his first complete game as a Dodger and third in 155 career starts.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Penny, who walked none and struck out nine. “Anytime you pitch against guys like that, you know you can’t give up too many runs. It brings out the best in a pitcher.”
It was the first win in seven starts for Penny, who was shipped to the Dodgers at last season’s trade deadline.
The right-hander made his first start against his former team on May 16 in Los Angeles, allowing four earned runs and nine hits in six innings of a 6-2 loss.
“A lot of my friends are over there, and it’s tough facing friends,” said Penny, who went 48-42 with the Marlins. “But you can’t be friends when you go out on the field, and they got me tonight.”
Penny’s opponent again will be Brian Moehler, who allowed two runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings to win the last matchup.
The Marlins beat the Dodgers 3-0 on Friday for their third straight shutout and fifth win in six games. A.J. Burnett pitched eight-plus innings for his 49th win with Florida, surpassing Penny for first on the team’s all-time list.
“All of the starters are feeding off each other,” Burnett said. “You feel good about what’s going on here. We’re just riding it out.”
Paul Lo Duca drove in two runs in a three-run seventh for the Marlins, who lead the majors with 15 shutouts.