Myron White's feet landed on Los Angeles pavement Monday morning. Less than 12 hours later, they landed - spikes first - on flustered San Francisco second baseman Bill Madlock.
White, a 20-year-old outfielder called up earlier in the day by the Dodgers from their Albuquerque farm club, broke up a potential double play in the crucial five-run fifth inning Monday night, leading Los Angeles to a 5-4 triumph over San Francisco. It extended the Dodgers' National League West lead to two games over the Giants.
The Giants grabbed a 4-0 lead off winner Don Sutton (13-10) but the Dodgers routed loser Ed Halicki (8-7) in the fifth.
Rick Monday led off with his 16th homer, Johnny Oates followed with a single and moved to second on pinch hitter Vic Davalillo's single. White ran for Davalillo and Oates came all the way home when Dave Lopes hit into a force play and Madlock relayed the ball wildly to first.
Bill Russell then singled to score Lopes, stole second and went to third on Marc Hill's throwing error before scoring on Steve Garvey's game-tying double. Dusty Baker snapped the tie with a single to score Garvey.
"The key to the game was Myron White's slide," said Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda. "He pinch-ran for Davalillo and slid hard into second on the fielder's choice by Lopes.
"His aggressiveness kept us in the inning. A double play ball would have killed it right there - Oates doesn't score and there's two out with the score still 4-1."
Giant's All-Star outfielder Jack Clark, who had three hits, remained unfazed by the tough loss:
"We're not supposed to be here right now, we're supposed to be 20 or 30 games out. If we win Tuesday, we're still only one game out and we still have two more left with them in San Francisco."
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