Dusty Baker, one of baseball's best hitters in the past, has been having his troubles at the plate this season. And he's always had problems with reliever Bruce Sutter.
Until last night.
Baker got his second two-run homer of the game with one out in the ninth to complete a three-run rally against Sutter and bring the Dodgers a 7-6 defeat of the St. Louis Cardinals in Los Angeles.
"That's the first hit I can ever remember getting off Sutter," said Baker.
Baker, who finished with four hits, had entered the game hitting just .234.
Said Sutter (7-5): "I don't care what Dusty Baker's hitting, he's still one of the toughest hitters in the league."
After one out in the ninth, Steve Sax singled to left and Ken Landreaux doubled to right to score Sax and bring Los Angeles within one. Baker followed with his home run on a full count to left field.
Joe Beckwith (1-2) pitched the last two innings to get the win.
Fernando Valenzuela started for the Dodgers and left in the sixth after allowing seven hits. Only one of the five runs charged against him was earned.
Tom Herr's bases-loaded walk, a wild pitch by Dave Stewart and an error--all on one play--in the sixth had scored three runs in a five-run uprising for the Cardinals.