Lenny Harris, disappointed over not being included on the All-Star ballot, is doing all he can to make for the omission.
Harris drove in two runs with a double and a triple and scored what proved to be the winning run from third on a misplay, leading Mike Morgan and the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday."All I'm trying to do is bear down and be a candidate for the All-Star team," said Harris, who hiked his batting average to .315. "It was a big blow to me when I wasn't on the ballot. But there was some talk in St. Louis that I should have been on the ballot and that gave me a big lift."
Harris gave the Dodgers a big lift on the way to their third straight victory.
Stan Javier singled in the second inning and Harris doubled on a hit-and-run to put the Dodgers ahead.
The Cubs tied it in the fourth to end a Dodger string of 21 shutout innings on singles by Ced Landrum, Ryne Sandberg and Mark Grace.
The Dodgers broke the tie with two runs in the sixth. Kal Daniels walked and, with one out, stole second and continued to third on Damon Berryhill's throwing error.
Harris followed with a triple and then scored on a botched play in which losing pitcher Shawn Boskie (2-5) was charged with an error.
"Joe (coach Amalfitano) told me the squeeze was on and I took off," Harris said.
But the pitch was never made. Seeing Harris on the move, Boskie threw to third but Chico Walker wasn't covering.
"Boskie got a little excited and shouldn't have made the throw," Manager Jim Essian said. "I called for the move just to see if a squeeze was on. Once Harris took off, Boskie should have run after him and gotten him in a rundown."
The Cubs came back with a run in the bottom of the sixth when Landrum singled, stole second, went to third when second-baseman Juan Samuel dropped Morgan's pick off throw for an error and scored as Sandberg grounded out.
Morgan (6-4) gave up a harmless single to Berryhill in the seventh and left after allowing six hits. John Candelaria pitched a perfect eighth and Jay Howell a perfect ninth for his 10th save.
Phillies 5, Reds 4
At Cincinnati, Tommy Greene struggled but stayed unbeaten as Dale Murphy hit a solo homer and a tie-breaking single to give the Philadelphia Phillies a victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Greene (5-0) gave up 10 hits and four runs in seven innings, including a three-run homer by Paul O'Neill that tied it 4-4 in the fourth. Roger McDowell gave up a single in the eighth and Mitch Williams walked two in the ninth before getting his 10th save, preserving only the second victory for the Phillies in six games.
Greene's start was by far his worst of the season. He'd allowed just two runs and 10 hits overall in four previous starts, which included a no-hitter May 23 at Montreal.
Cincinnati's Jack Armstrong (4-5) struggled along with Greene, giving up five runs and 11 hits in 6 1-3 innings. Murphy and Dickie Thon hit solo homers to help the Phillies build a 4-1 lead, and John Kruk tripled to the wall in right-center with one out in the seventh to set up the winning run.
Murphy lined a single to left over the Reds' drawn-in infield to score Kruk and end Armstrong's performance. The right-hander has lost his last three starts and four of his last five, while his earned-run average has soared to 4.26.
Pirates 1, Padres 0
At Pittsburgh, Doug Drabek, pitching again like a Cy Young Award winner, outdueled Bruce Hurst with the defensive help of Don Slaught and Andy Van Slyke, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Diego Padres.
The Pirates won for the 11th time in 13 games while San Diego, failing to score despite getting 13 hits, lost its second in a row after winning six straight.
Drabek (4-7), who already has lost more times than he did in going 22-6 last season, allowed 10 hits in seven innings but benefitted from excellent defense, especially the throwing arms of Slaught and Van Slyke.
Slaught gunned down two runners attempting to steal, nearly picked another off second base and short-circuited a potential rally by throwing out Tim Teufel on a rundown play.
The Padres had runners on first and second in the seventh when Thomas Howard lined a two-out single to center. Van Slyke made an on-line throw to the plate and when Teufel made a wide turn at third, Slaught threw behind him and eventually tagged him out in a rundown.
Twins 2, Indians 0
At Minneapolis, Allan Anderson pitched a strong game, and Chili Davis homered as the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians for their season-high sixth straight victory.
Anderson (3-4) allowed only two hits in eight innings, walking three and striking out one as the Twins went four games over .500 (29-25) for the first time this season. Rick Aguilera pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save.
Tom Candiotti (7-3) allowed five hits in 7 1-3 innings - including Davis' team-leading 12th homer in the second - while striking out five and walking two. It was the 10th time in 12th starts Candiotti has lasted at least seven innings.
Yankees 5, Rangers 4
At New York, Don Mattingly's run-scoring single with two out in the ninth inning gave the surging New York Yankees a victory over the slumping Texas Rangers.
The Yankees have won 10 of their last 14 games, including five in their final at-bat. The Rangers have lost five consecutive games and eight of nine after winning 14 in a row for baseball's best run this season.
With two outs, left fielder Juan Gonzalez misplayed Steve Sax' liner into a double. Mattingly followed with a single to right off reliever John Barfield (2-1) to make a winner of reliever John Habyan (3-1), who pitched two innings.
Starter Mike Witt, activated from the 60-day disabled list before the game, was breezing along when Texas took a 4-3 lead in the fifth on Brian Downing's seventh career grand slam. Downing came up in a 1-for-22 slump.