Colorado (10-13) at Los Angeles (10-13)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Sat Apr 26, 2008
  • TV: FSRM, KCAL
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have won consecutive games only once this season, with Brad Penny getting the win in the second contest.

Penny has a chance to help them earn a second straight win again.

Penny, who has won his last two outings, takes the mound for the Dodgers in the middle game of their series with the visiting Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

Los Angeles beat Colorado 8-7 in 13 innings Friday night, giving it a chance to win two straight for the first time since April 15-16.

“Hopefully, this can be a very significant win for us, Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. “We had good energy … and this is about the third game in a row that’s been the case. So I’d like to look back on this night and say this was the start of something special.”

Penny pitched well on April 16 against Pittsburgh after posting a 6.00 ERA in his previous two starts. The right-hander has a 0.77 ERA in his last two outings.

On Monday night, Penny gave up one run and six hits in six innings as the Dodgers beat Cincinnati 9-3.

Penny went 2-0 with a 3.49 ERA in five starts versus the Rockies (10-13) last season, and is 12-2 with a 2.92 ERA in 21 career starts against them.

Los Angeles pitchers have needed large leads to have any chance at earning a win in recent weeks. In this series’ opener, however, the Dodgers won for the first time in their last six games that have been decided by two runs or less. Los Angeles (10-13) outscored its opponents by at least five runs in each of its previous five wins.

Russell Martin helped the Dodgers end that trend Friday, going 4-for-4 and driving in the winning run with a sacrifice fly as Los Angeles snapped a seven-game skid against Colorado. The third-year catcher, who raised his average from .236 to .276, was forced to play third base for the first time in his major league career when Nomar Garciaparra strained his left calf in the ninth inning.

General manager Ned Colletti said that Garciaparra may have to go on the disabled list Saturday. Garciaparra, batting .476 (10-for-21) with a home run and three doubles against Mark Redman (2-1, 5.23 ERA), won’t get to face him Saturday.

Redman had won two straight outings before his last start, giving up four runs and six hits in five innings as Colorado lost 9-5 to Philadelphia on Monday.

The left-hander is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in two career starts against the Dodgers.

Redman will be trying to spark a Rockies team that has lost five of six. Colorado lost Friday despite posting its highest run total since crossing the plate 11 times in a win over Houston on April 18.

Willy Taveras wasn’t in the starting lineup for the third straight game, but he came in as a pinch runner in the top of the ninth and scored to send the game into extra innings. Colorado manager Clint Hurdle told Taveras he is still the team’s primary center fielder, but wanted to get Scott Podsednik in the lineup after he went 3-for-5 with a double in a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Podsednik went 2-for-5 with two doubles versus the Dodgers.

“I still think for us, at least as we move forward, Willy is going to get every opportunity to play,” Hurdle told the Rockies’ official Web site. “I think Podsednik is going to bring a very nice dimension and dynamic to our club that’s going to play very well. They both happen to be able to play center field.”

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Starting Pitchers

M. Redman Col vs. B. Penny CWS
2-5 Record 6-9
7.54 ERA 6.27
20 K 51
16 BB 42
1.70 WHIP 1.63

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Saturday, Apr 26