Brett Myers pitched two-hit ball for eight scoreless innings and struck out a season-high nine, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Dodgers, 4-1, yesterday in Los Angeles.

Dodgers starter Brad Penny left with a strained right biceps after only 14 pitches. It was just his second outing for Los Angeles since he was acquired in a trade with Florida.

Assistant trainer Matt Wilson and Manager Jim Tracy came out to check on Penny, who threw one warmup pitch and jumped off the mound writhing in pain before Wilson led him to the clubhouse. Penny is scheduled to have an MRI exam today.

Penny, who won two games in last year's World Series, joined the Dodgers just before the trade deadline.

"At first, I thought I might have a cramp or something," he said.

* EXPOS 5, ASTROS 2: Many of Montreal's players were excited to face Roger Clemens. It was an even bigger thrill to beat him, which they did thanks to back-to-back homers from Alex Gonzalez and Brian Schneider in Houston.

"Any time you get two doubles off a future Hall of Famer, it's big," said Jamey Carroll, who had three hits against Clemens.

Montreal is 13-10 since the all-star break.

* GIANTS 6, CUBS 3: Rookie Noah Lowry had another impressive start, and Dustan Mohr made a diving catch in the warning track dirt to save a run in the eighth inning in San Francisco.

Lowry (2-0) also added a second-inning single and a double in the fourth, giving him four straight hits over his past two starts until a groundout in the sixth.

Cubs starter Kerry Wood failed to get a strikeout for the first time in 155 major league starts.

* REDS 14, ROCKIES 7: Wily Mo Pena needed six innings to have a career day. Pena homered and had a career-high five RBI for Cincinnati before leaving in the sixth inning with cramps and dehydration in Denver.

Pena, who has 11 home runs and 27 RBI in his last 26 games, went 3 for 4 with two singles and his career-best 18th homer to help the Reds salvage the finale of the three-game series.

"I felt a little bit of a cramp before [on the home run], but on the hit, when I ran to first base I could really feel it," he said.

* BREWERS 2, MARLINS 0: Chris Capuano pitched six scoreless innings, and visiting Milwaukee ended a five-game losing streak. Bill Hall and Brady Clark had RBI singles as the Brewers snapped their longest skid of the season. But the win was only their fifth in the past 20 games.

It was the first time in 15 starts that Capuano (6-6), a rookie, didn't give up a run. Dontrelle Willis (8-8) gave up two runs in 71/3 innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts for Florida.

* CARDINALS 6, METS 2: One of the players who might have to move to another spot in the St. Louis lineup to make way for Larry Walker helped finish off New York.

Edgar Renteria tied his career high with five hits, and the Cardinals handed Al Leiter his worst loss of the year to complete a three-game sweep in St. Louis.

Renteria has batted second since July 2. But Manager Tony La Russa said he'll bat Walker either second or fourth, though he added, "I ain't going to get pinned down."

"I don't care," Renteria said. "I'll do the best I can do in any spot and try to help the team win."

Leiter (8-4), the majors' ERA leader, lasted four innings. His ERA soared 40 points to 2.52, which is still best in the majors.

"Normally, all year, he's been almost lights-out for us," Mets Manager Art Howe said.

* BRAVES 11, DIAMONDBACKS 4: In Phoenix, Chipper Jones homered and drove in four runs, and Atlanta won its fifth straight game.

Russ Ortiz got his 13th win, and Eddie Perez went 4 for 5 with two homers for the streaking Braves, who have won 10 of 11 and 14 of 16.

Jones, a third baseman, also was stellar on defense. He leaned against a railing and into the Arizona dugout to catch a popup by Chad Tracy.

* PIRATES 4, PADRES 2: Randall Simon hit a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth, and Oliver Perez pitched into the seventh inning against his former team in San Diego.

Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny, acquired from Florida, leaves his start against the Phillies with a strained right biceps. The Dodgers lost, 4-1.