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Dodgers Win One the Hard Way, 6-5 : Baseball: After losing a four-run lead, they come back with a run in the 10th to beat the Marlins.

September 10, 1993|HELENE ELLIOTT | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Tom Goodwin's two-out single in the 10th inning Thursday put an end to a game that almost refused to end, a tribute to the Florida Marlins' tenacity and a condemnation of the Dodgers' bullpen.

Goodwin's single scored Eric Karros from second base for a 6-5 victory before a crowd that started at 31,925 but dwindled to far fewer after 3 hours 55 minutes of often tedious baseball.

Rick Trlicek (1-2) got his first major league victory by pitching a perfect 10th inning, but few other aspects of this game were perfect.

Powered by a two-hit, two-RBI performance by Henry Rodriguez, the Dodgers had a seemingly safe 5-1 lead after seven innings. The Marlins, however, scored three runs in the eighth off Todd Worrell and a run in the ninth off Jim Gott to pull even.

An RBI-double by Walt Weiss and run-scoring singles by Brett Barberie and Orestes Destrade brought the Marlins within a run, and Benito Santiago, leading off the ninth, slammed a 1-0 pitch from Gott into the seats in right-center for his 13th homer of the season.

Karros led off the 10th inning with a bouncer that was misplayed by third baseman Gary Sheffield for an error. Raul Mondesi moved Karros to second on a sacrifice played by the pitcher, Matt Turner, to the second baseman covering first. Karros had to hold when Tim Wallach flied to right, but Goodwin, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning, stroked a 1-0 pitch into left for the game-winning hit.

The dodgers, who left 17 runners on base, are 9-11 in extra-inning games. The marlins are 4-6.

Starter Orel Hershiser, who had won his previous three decisions, had to leave with one out in the third inning after being struck on the back of his right hand for the second time in the game.

By instinctively raising his hands in front of him, Hershiser blunted the impact of Destrade's line drive in the second inning. But a second blow to the hand, this time by Santiago, left Hershiser with a contusion.

His lone warm-up pitch sailed to the backstop, prompting him to head to the trainer's room for treatment. Hershiser is scheduled to undergo X-rays today.

Hershiser was followed by Steve Wilson, who gave up one run over 2 1/3 innings. Hershiser had only one at-bat before departing, grounding to first in the second inning to drop his batting average to .385. He's attempting to break the National League record for batting average by a pitcher, set in 1923 when John Bentley his .406 for the New York Giants.

Perhaps as painful for Hershiser as his injury was the knowledge that he didn't last long enough to enjoy the 3-0 lead his teammates built against Armstrong.

A throwing error by third baseman Sheffield paved the way for the Dodgers' productive first inning. A single by Jose Offerman and Sheffield's bounced throw on a grounder by Mike Piazza put runners on first and third. Karros sent Offerman home with a fly to left and Rodriguez followed by lining a 2-and-1 pitch over the right-field fence.

The Marlins were hitless and scoreless against Hershiser but had better results against Wilson. Chuck Carr bunted for a hit and took third on Weiss' single over second and into short right. Carr scored on Barberie's double-play grounder.

The Dodgers increased their lead to 4-1 in the fourth on a single to deep short by Butler, a double to right by Offerman and Karros' second sacrifice fly. A bases-loaded walk by Offerman made it 5-1.

The Marlins, held to three hits over seven innings, had three against Worrell in the eighth inning. He was replaced by Gott after giving up two runs, and Gott, inheriting two runners, gave up a single to make the score 5-4.

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