Sax knocked Phillie starter Shane Rawley's first pitch of the game over the left-field fence for his fourth home run of the season. Four innings later, Sax belted a two-run home run off Rawley in roughly the same spot. He later doubled, scored another run and had a run-scoring ground ball in the eighth. He went 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored.
Asked about the first multiple home run game of his career, Sax offered a quick correction.
"That's not the first time," he said, smiling. "Little League, 1972. Sacramento. I hit two off Roger Matsumoto. I swear. I'm not making it up."
Even the often vivid imagination of Sax could not have dreamed up a game like Thursday's, one in which he hit two home runs and that turned out to be one of the more normal things that went on.
"This game just exhausted me," Lasorda said. "I have a headache."
Don Sutton gave up three runs (including two home runs) and six hits in six innings but earned a no-decision. Milt Thompson and Chris James homered off Sutton, who has allowed 460 in his 22-year career. . . . Alfredo Griffin joined the Dodgers in Philadelphia Thursday night and will go through a fitness regimen to stay in shape despite the broken bone in his right hand. . . . Said suspended Dodger slugger Pedro Guerrero to Steve Sax, who hit two home runs: "You're going to replace me. You'll hit 25 home runs."