Garciaparra Ends Homer Drought

LA offense explodes in 9-3 victory over Reds
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2008 11:00 PM CDT
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 21, 2008, in Cincinnati.    (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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(Newser) – Nomar Garciaparra hit his first home run since Sept. 14 and drove in three runs, Brad Penny stayed perfect at Great American Ball Park and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-3 Monday night. Rafael Furcal also homered, and James Loney added three RBI for the Dodgers, who equalled their season high with 15.

 Chan Ho Park pitched three innings for his first save in 330 career pitching appearances. Andruw Jones was dropped to eighth in the starting batting order for the first time since Aug. 22, 1998. He went 0-for-4, lowering the five-time All-Star's average to .159. Penny (3-2) allowed a run and six hits while improving to 5-0 in five career starts at Cincinnati.