Davis, Dodgers get back on track to finish off 10-game losing streak

June 23, 1992|By Bill Plaschke | Bill Plaschke,Los Angeles Times

SAN DIEGO -- After 13 days and 98 innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally discovered the perfect person to end their losing streak last night.

He was the only one in the stadium who had been waiting longer for a good day than they had.

Eric Davis, who had not driven in a run in more than a month, drove in two with one swing during the ninth inning. His single ended the Dodgers' 10-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres before 21,965 at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium.

"It seems like it has been forever," Eric Karros said. "Granted, it's just one game. But it means a heck of a lot more than one game."

If the Dodgers thought anything was more perfect than their winning rally, it was how the game ended.

Roger McDowell, the winning pitcher, finished the Padres in the bottom of the ninth by stranding Dan Walters on second base after Kurt Stillwell's drive bounced off McDowell's shin and rolled to first. It was McDowell's first victory since April 25.

The Padres nearly took the lead during the eighth against reliever Jay Howell, but McDowell bailed him out by getting a bases-loaded, two-out grounder from Darrin Jackson.

"If that happened a couple of days ago, that ball hits off of his leg and rolls into the dugout, and they have runners on second and third," Karros said. "Then the next guy would have hit a home run. Hopefully, this means things are going to change."

Said McDowell: "The ball hit me in the only place it could have hit me that would have let us get out of the inning."

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