Tom Lasorda bent over in disgust Friday night after center fielder Ken Landreaux didn't do a deep-knee bend to field Carmelo Martinez's eighth-inning single.
Martinez's ball rolled under Landreaux' glove, and Kevin McReynolds came all the way from first to score an unearned go-ahead run. Garry Templeton's subsequent RBI single to center added a critical insurance run, and the San Diego Padres held off the Dodgers, 5-4, in front of 46,288 at Dodger Stadium.
Padre reliever Goose Gossage bent but didn't break in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, the Dodgers cut a two-run lead to one and then loaded the bases when Gossage hit a batter and walked another. But Dave Anderson grounded to shortstop Templeton, who began a game-ending double play.
There were so many Dodger tragedies and travesties.
They left nine man on base.
And shortstop Mariano Duncan left the game on Lasorda's shoulders.
In the Dodger seventh with the score tied, 2-2, Duncan singled and stole second. Relief pitcher Lance McCullers turned to fake a pick-off throw, and Duncan turned awkwardly on his left ankle. He fell in pain.
It was diagnosed as a sprain, but X-rays are forthcoming. Bill Russell pinch-ran and scored on Enos Cabell's single to center.
The Dodgers had a 3-2 lead, but in the Padre eighth with Ken Howell working in relief of Rick Honeycutt, Tony Gwynn collected his third hit of the night, a single, and then stole second. McReynolds walked. Steve Garvey, who had two RBIs on the night, struck out.
Martinez then ripped one to left, and Landreaux didn't get down to it.
Honeycutt's scoreless streak may have come to an end, but so did his hitless streak. He began this season 0 for 16 at the plate, but as soon as the Padres walked Reggie Williams intentionally with two men on in the second inning, he singled to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Bill Madlock homered to left field for the Dodgers' first run.
Madlock, who had missed two games with a groin injury, came back Friday with a bang.
He led off the second inning with the home run, a rocket to left off San Diego starter Dave Dravecky, and he played some defense, too. Later, just after Garvey had tied the game with a double, the Dodgers walked Martinez intentionally to load the bases for Templeton.
There was one out.
Templeton hit a line drive down to third, and Madlock got down on his knees and caught it. He then stepped on third (McReynolds had come streaking home) to complete an inning-ending double play.
Madlock then led off the sixth inning with a single, starting another Dodger rally. But another rally failed. Anderson pinch-ran for Madlock and took third on Mike Marshall's single to right. Then, Franklin Stubbs popped up to Garvey.
After McCullers relieved Dravecky, Alex Trevino popped to shallow left. Anderson didn't even think about tagging up from third.
Then, pinch-hitter Landreaux grounded to first, a high chopper for Garvey, but a medium-high chopper for taller first basemen. Garvey leaped and reached and snagged it, stepping on first to end a rally.
He was mobbed in his dugout.
Honeycutt's scoreless streak ended at 25 innings.
How did the streak end? Gwynn, whose proud father sat in the dugout before the game, singled in the fourth inning and went to second when McReynolds beat out a grounder to third base.
Garvey then singled, a grounder that found its way between Madlock and shorstop Duncan.
In the sixth, Gwynn started the next Padre rally, too, blooping one to left-center and beating Stubbs' throw from left field. McReynolds beat out another grounder--this one a slow roller to second--and Garvey followed with a ball that sailed over Stubbs' head in left.
And the Padres came close again in the seventh. With one out, catcher Terry Kennedy slammed one safely to right, the ball rolling to the corner. Marshall kicked it, bobbled it. Kennedy had no clue, though, and slowed down around second. Suddenly, third-base coach Jack Krol was telling him to keep coming. He ran, but Steve Sax's relay got him.
According to third-base umpire Fred Brocklander, that is. Kennedy, Krol and Manager Steve Boros argued, but they lost.