Dodgers 10, Blue Jays 1
Penny became the second nine-game winner in the National League, Russell Martin homered in his first major league game in his native Canada and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 on Tuesday night.
“(Penny) was solid again tonight,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “That’s what it takes to win games.”
Schmidt was placed on the disabled list Monday with a sore right shoulder. He’ll undergo surgery in Los Angeles Wednesday and his return date in uncertain. Right-hander Chad Billingsley will start in Schmidt’s place Thursday against Toronto.
“When you lose an ingredient like Jason Schmidt from the rotation, everyone else has got to step it up,” Little said.
Luis Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with four RBIs for the Dodgers, who matched a season-high in runs.
“When you get contributions from the middle of the lineup like we did today, that’s a good sign,” Gonzalez said.
Martin, who was born in Toronto but grew up in Chelsea, Quebec, hit a solo home run to left in the sixth, his eighth, off reliever Lee Gronkiewicz.
“He shows us that day in and day out,” Little said. “To be able to show that to his people up here, that’s great.”
With some 40 family and friends in attendance, Martin finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
“It’s always fun playing at home in front of your family and fans,” Martin said. “I don’t think it could have been better.”
Penny (9-1) allowed one run on six hits over seven innings to win his fourth straight decision. He walked one, struck out five and lowered his ERA to 2.12, second best in the NL.
“I got away with a lot of mistakes, to be honest with you,” Penny said. “That was probably my worst location this year. I got away with a lot of stuff tonight.”
Like the Dodgers, the Blue Jays also got bad news about one of their starting pitchers before the game. Right-hander A.J. Burnett was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of pain in his shoulder.
Then Toronto right-hander Dustin McGowan went out and got pounded.
After Rafael Furcal opened the game by striking out, the next five batters reached base safely as Los Angeles built a 3-0 lead. Gonzalez and Jeff Kent had RBI singles and Marlon Anderson added a run-scoring grounder.
“After that, everything just kind of fell apart for (McGowan) and he left some balls up over the plate,” Gonzalez said. “He had good velocity, his ball just wasn’t moving.”
McGowan was chased in the second after a walk and four straight singles led to three more Dodgers runs. Nomar Garciaparra, Gonzalez and Martin all had RBIs as Los Angeles took a 6-0 lead.
“Everything I threw was flat,” McGowan said. “The sinker wasn’t really sinking. It was just staying inside the zone.”
McGowan (3-3) allowed six runs on eight hits in 1 2-3 innings, his shortest career start.
The Dodgers added three more in the fourth against reliever Jordan De Jong when Gonzalez hit a two-run double and scored on Anderson’s single.
Furcal was the only Dodgers player not to reach base. He went 0-for-5, struck out twice and grounded into a double play. … The Blue Jays suffered their most lopsided defeat of the season. … Making his major-league debut, Gronkiewicz allowed one run on two hits over four innings. He walked two and struck out two.
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