But the Dodgers survived Howell's start, although their lead over the Houston Astros in the National League West was sliced to one game, and Howell managed to retain his self-confidence. "I don't know what the plan is for me," Howell said. "I'd like to have another start. I've done a lot of work to get back here."
The Dodgers ended the trip with a 2-4 record--losing all three games at San Diego before winning 2 of 3 in Atlanta. It was the first time this season the Dodgers have had a losing trip. They are 18-12 overall on the road. . . . Ken Howell, who had the tip of his right collarbone removed during the off-season, said his shoulder felt fine after pitching six innings Thursday. "I felt strong. I'm healthy." If the Dodgers do not decide to give Howell a second start, they might recall Shawn Hillegas from Albuquerque. . . . Mike Davis' pinch-hit single in the eighth inning was his first hit since June 4. Davis' last start was June 5. . . . Trainer Bill Buhler said Pedro Guerrero, on the disabled list with an acutely sore neck, has not shown significant improvement after undergoing daily treatment. Guerrero will probably not be activated Monday, when he is eligible. "He (Dr. Robert Watkins) wasn't pleased," Buhler said. "(Guerrero) still has quite a bit of discomfort." Buhler said surgery is not an alternative.