Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda said he was satisfied to take two of the three games in the weekend series with the Atlanta Braves, including yesterday's 5-4 victory that enabled the Dodgers to get within 5 1/2 games of the NL West leaders.
Dusty Baker hit a two-run homer and Steve Sax added four singles and scored two runs as the Dodgers hung on for the victory despite Bob Horner's eighth-inning, two-run homer that narrowed the gap to one run.
"We're satisfied. There's still time to go," said Lasorda. "We're hoping now we can start gaining some ground."
The Braves have 44 games remaining; Los Angeles has 47. The Dodgers and Braves have met in four series this season with the Dodgers taking two of three each time.
The Dodgers got three runs off starter Phil Niekro (8-7) in the first inning before he could get a batter out.
Sax opened with a single and went to third on Niekro's wild pickoff attempt. Bill Russell batted Sax in with a single and Baker followed with his 13th home run.
Niekro left in the third inning after allowing a double by Mike Marshall and a two-out, run-scoring single to Jack Fimple, giving the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.
The Braves scored twice in the third off Fernando Valenzuela (12-6) on a run-scoring single by Rafael Ramirez and Dale Murphy's RBI double.
The Dodgers got their fifth run in the seventh off Rick Camp when Ken Landreaux bounced out with the bases loaded, scoring Sax who had opened the inning with his fourth consecutive hit.
A crowd of 47,684 marked the third straight sellout for Atlanta. The total attendance for the three Dodgers games drew 143,968, a franchise record for a three-game series.