In the eighth, Hershiser's absence was felt. Pena gave up the bases-empty home run to Wallach, the second batter he faced, giving the Expos a 2-0 lead.
Compared to his last start in Pittsburgh, Hershiser (6-2) was more effective. He gave up five hits and only Galarraga's home run through seven innings. He struck out a season-high eight batters but made an early-inning mistake to Galarraga that, essentially, cost him the game.
Coming into the Expo series, which concludes tonight, the Dodgers had a two-game lead over Houston in the NL West and their two best pitchers--Fernando Valenzuela and Hershiser--starting.
They lost both games, just as they did when Valenzuela and Hershiser pitched last week in Pittsburgh.
"It always doesn't work out the way (you think)," Lasorda said. "What you figure and what happens are two different things."
Wednesday's was the third game Kirk Gibson has missed this season. He was out for two games in mid-April with a strained hamstring. Trainer Bill Buhler said that Gibson's flu may be food poisoning. "After the game (Tuesday night)) he was feeling fine," Buhler said. "Then, he got sick and was vomiting since 2 o'clock (in the morning). Dr. Michael Mellman examined Gibson at his home Wednesday morning and told Buhler that Gibson is day-to-day. "The doctor told him that if he was running a temperature, he should not come to the park," Buhler said. "There might be a chance that he might come to the park late and pinch-hit. But I doubt that."
Celebrity file: One day, Vice President George Bush visits Manager Tom Lasorda; the next day it is Ken Landreaux, the Dodgers' regular center fielder earlier in the 1980s, who now is a free agent. Landreaux, 32, said he still is working out in hopes of signing with a team. Although he has not severed ties with agent Tom Reich, Landreaux said he has started calling teams on his own. Among the teams Landreaux says he has called: Detroit, Seattle, Oakland, Texas and the Angels. "The Angels were the hottest there for a while a week or two ago," Landreaux said. "I talked to (Vice President) Mike Port. Apparently, I was going to go to Edmonton, but he called me back a few days later and said no. They said their obligation was to sign a pitcher." Landreaux said he hasn't had much luck finding an interested team. "The only answer I keep getting is that the rosters are full. I'm only 32. I know I can play four or five more years." Landreaux said he talked with Fred Claire, the Dodgers' executive vice president, Wednesday, but that it had nothing to do with any contract discussions. "I just said hello," Landreaux said.
Ken Howell, rehabilitating his right shoulder after off-season surgery, will have one more start Sunday in Bakersfield before his 20-day rehabilitation assignment concludes. Howell said his shoulder felt fine after Tuesday night's 100-pitch stint in Bakersfield. "To tell you the truth, I don't know what's going to happen after Sunday," Howell said. "I think I'm ready. It'd be tough to accept, going back down to Albuquerque (triple-A). I know I can't get my rehab assignment extended, but I guess they could put me back on the (disabled list). But I don't want to speculate." . . . Tim Leary (2-3) pitches against the Expos' Dennis Martinez (1-3) tonight at 7.