OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Steve Sax made the perfect choice Wednesday night. It turned out to be responsible for the decisive run in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Sax was at third and Aldredo Griffin was at first with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Los Angeles was ahead 3-2.

Sax ran on a 1-2 pitch that Tracy Woodson grounded directly at shortstop Walter Weiss. It appeared to be a perfect double-play grounder, but Sax beat Weiss' throw to second baseman Glenn Hubbard. Griffin scored while Hubbard threw out Woodson at first.

''I made up my mind I was going to try and steal at some point in the count to try to stay out of a double play,'' Sax said. ''I picked the right pitch to go on. When I beat the throw, it got us a run.''

The run turned out to be the difference in the game as the Dodgers took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven World Series.

''This is the kind of baseball our organization likes, but it's really the kind of baseball we have to play right now,'' Sax said. ''We know we have to manufacture runs any way we can - take the extra base, steal, hit and run.

''With the big guys out of the lineup, that's all we can do and we're going to do it.''

Sax scored the Dodgers' first run in the first inning. He walked and went to third on Mickey Hatcher's hit-and-run single. An error by Hubbard on Mike Davis' grounder allowed Sax to score.

''We're right where we want to be, but in essence, we haven't done a thing yet,'' Sax said. ''We need one more and then we celebrate.''