Nomar’s two-run single gives Dodgers a lift


DENVER – Brad Penny allowed one run in six strong innings and Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run single, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

Penny (4-1) left after five innings in his last start because of a stiff back, but didn’t seem to have any lingering effects, hitting the mid-90s with his fastball and keeping the Rockies off balance with a looping curveball. The right-hander gave up three runs or less for the ninth time in as many starts this season, helping the Dodgers to their ninth win in 12 games.

Jason Jennings (2-4) matched Penny most of the way before giving up three runs in the seventh inning for his fourth loss in five starts.

The right-hander gave up a pair of one-out singles to Ramon Martinez and Russell Martin, then pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz tied the game with an RBI single to left. Jennings struck out Rafael Furcal for the second out, walked Jose Cruz Jr. to load the bases, and Garciaparra put the Dodgers up 3-1 with a hard single to left.

Colorado, which has lost six of eight, didn’t give Jennings much support, getting a run in the sixth inning on Miguel Ojeda’s RBI single.

Cardinals 1, Mets 0

ST. LOUIS – Mark Mulder threw 8 1-3 scoreless innings and Jason Isringhausen worked out of a jam in the ninth to preserve the St. Louis Cardinals’ 1-0 victory over Steve Trachsel and the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Mulder (5-1) won his third straight start and had two of the Cardinals’ four hits in seven innings against Trachsel, with singles in the fifth and seventh. Scott Rolen doubled in a run in the sixth inning.

Mulder departed after the Mets loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Isringhausen struck out David Wright then got Cliff Floyd to ground out to first for his 12th save in 14 chances.

Rolen was only 4-for-28 in the first eight games of a nine-game homestand before his two-out double to the gap in left-center off Trachsel (2-4) broke up a scoreless game. Albert Pujols drew a one-out walk and scored without a play to give him 40 runs in the first 40 games.

Braves 6, Marlins 4

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves did it again, pulling off another improbable comeback when Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning to beat the Florida Marlins 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Florida squandered a 3-2 lead in the ninth and went ahead 4-3 in the 11th on Matt Treanor’s run-scoring single, but the Braves stunned the young Marlins for the third night in a row.

Marcus Giles led off with a single, Edgar Renteria walked and Jones followed with his first homer since April 28, a no-doubt-about-it shot into the seats in right-center off Randy Messenger (0-3).

Brewers 8, Phillies 7

MILWAUKEE – Geoff Jenkins’ RBI single with two outs in the ninth gave the Brewers an 8-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night and lifted Milwaukee to its third straight walk-off victory.

The Brewers became the first team since the 2004 Detroit Tigers to have three straight walk-off wins.

Arthur Rhodes (0-1) walked pinch hitter Jeff Cirillo to start the ninth, and Brady Clark’s sacrifice bunt moved him to second. Rickie Weeks struck out, bringing up Bill Hall.

Hall, who hit a walk-off home run on Sunday to beat the New York Mets and scored the winning run Tuesday night against Philadelphia, was intentionally walked to bring up Jenkins, who hit the 0-1 pitch over center fielder Shane Victorino’s head off the base of the wall.

Jenkins also had a homer and drove in three runs.