Bob Welch allowed one hit -- Von Hayes' two-out single in the fourth inning--and Pedro Guerrero drove in the only run as the Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0, last night in Los Angeles.
Carlton (6-5) lost his third straight despite striking out seven, and came within one strikeout of tying Nolan Ryan's all-time mark of 3,521. Carlton was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth after striking out the side in the seventh, and his manager, Pat Corrales, defended the decision afterwards.
"I was trying to win the ballgame," Corrales said. "If he's going to break the record, he's going to do it legitimately. I know he was throwing great, but we had to get somebody on base."
Welch (4-4) walked four but struck out eight in pitching his second career one-hitter; it was his second complete game and second shutout of the year. Hayes' hit was a line drive to right field.
In the fourth, Steve Sax led off with an infield single. He stole his 17th base of the year, was sacrificed to third by Bill Russell and scored on Guerrero's line-drive single to left.