Dodgers 6, Cardinals 5
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Tim Wallach’s two-out, two-run single capped a four-run rally in the eighth inning Sunday, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 for their 18th win in 23 games.
The Dodgers held their half-game lead over San Diego in the NL West. The Cardinals stayed 2 1/2 games ahead of Houston in the NL Central.
Pinch-hitter Orestes Marrero drew a one-out walk from Mark Petkovsek in the eighth and Wayne Kirby drew another walk with two outs. Dennis Eckersley (0-6) relieved and was greeted by Raul Mondesi’s RBI single, making it 5-3.
Eric Karros followed with a ground-rule double to drive in another run before Wallach singled. The loss was just the fifth in 16 games for the Cardinals.
Scott Radinsky (4-1) was the winner and Todd Worrell pitched a scoreless ninth for his major league-leading 43rd save.
The Cardinals didn’t have a hit after Mike Gallego’s leadoff single in the fourth off Tom Candiotti.
The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the second on singles by Brian Jordan and Gary Gaetti, a passed ball by Tom Prince and a two-run double by Tom Pagnozzi.
Gaetti hit his 21st homer in third, a two-out, two-run drive that made it 4-0.
Alan Benes didn’t fool the Dodgers, giving up 10 hits before being relieved by Petkovsek with two outs and two on in the seventh.
The Dodgers scored in the third on Karros’ RBI gorunder. The Cardinals made it 5-1 in the fourth on Ron Gant’s RBI grounder.
Notes: Mondesi’s third-innning double was his 66th extra-base hit of the season, tying the Los Angeles record set by Steve Garvey in 1978 and equaled by Pedro Guerrero in 1983. The franchise record is 94 set by Babe Herman in 1930. ... Cardinals first baseman John Mabry left the game in the fourth inning because of blurred vision in his right eye. ... Jordan was hitless in 14 straight at-bats before his second-inning single. ... Dodgers second baseman Delino DeShields had just one hit in 30 at-bats before getting a bunt single in the fourth. ... Dodger starters were 13-1 with 11 no-decisions and a 2.87 ERA in the team’s previous 25 games. The Dodgers won 17 of those 25.