The Los Angeles Dodgers have won five straight games, thanks to John Wetteland and Mariano Duncan.
Who?The Dodgers edged the Houston Astros 2-1 Thursday night, completing a sweep of a three-game series. Wetteland got his first major league victory, pitching one scoreless inning. Duncan knocked in the winning run with a long single to center field in the 11th inning.
"We were going to get that run in no matter what," Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda said. "We were waiting to see how they were going to play it. My first thought was about the squeeze but we couldn't try the squeeze if they pitched out. Duncan eliminated the decision with his drive to center."
That hit made Wetteland's fondest wish come true.
"It was a great feeling getting my first major league win," Wetteland said. "It's something I've dreamed about. The guys are really up right now. Five in a row is our longest streak of the season.'
The champion Dodgers are 4 1/2 games out of first place in the NL West - but three teams are ahead of them. All of them - the Giants, Reds and Astros - lost Thursday.
The Dodgers won after rallying to tie it in the eighth.
Alfredo Griffin walked and was sacrificed to second by pinch-hitter Dave Anderson. Kirk Gibson hit a high chopper to second baseman Bill Doran. Unable to make a play on Gibson at first, Doran tried to get Griffin off third but threw wildly into the Dodgers' dugout as Griffin scored.
Franklin Stubbs led off the 11th with a single. Mike Scioscia attempted to sacrifice and, after Scioscia fouled off two pitches, Stubbs stole second. Scioscia then grounded to first base, moving Stubbs to third with one out. Juan Agosto intentionally walked Jeff Hamilton.
"When I went up to hit," Duncan said after pinch-hitting for John Shelby. "I was thinking squeeze. If I didn't get the squeeze sign, I was looking for a pitch I could drive deep to the outfield."
He found one and the Dodgers had a sweep.