Pedro Guererro's bases-loaded double with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Los Angeles a 5-4 victory over the visiting Houston Astros yesterday and kept the Dodgers 2 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta in the West Division.
"We all saw on the scoreboard that Atlanta had won and that just gets us more excited," said Guerrero. "In a situation like that, you've got to enjoy yourself."
After the Astros broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the top of 10th, the Dodgers loaded the bases against Frank LaCorte (1-5). Bert Roberge relieved and Guerrero doubled to left-center.
"None of us feel any pressure, really," Guerrero said. "We've got so many games at home, that should help."
The Dodgers have 12 games remaining, seven of them at home; Atlanta plays 10 of its remaining 13 games on the road, including two at Dodger Stadium Sept. 29-30.
Fernando Valenzuela (19-12) was the winner despite yielding 12 hits. He struck out eight in his league-leading 18th complete game.
The Dodgers have won eight of their last nine and 11 of 14.
Phil Garner began the Astros' rally in the 10th with a one-out double, the only extra-base hit off Valenzuela. Jose Cruz singled him to third. Luis Pujols grounded to Frank Taveras, who caught Garner in a rundown, but Cruz made it to third and scored on Tony Scott's single.