Rick Honeycutt pitched a four-hitter over seven innings in his National League debut and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-0, in Los Angeles yesterday.
Honeycutt, pitching two days after being obtained from the Texas Rangers, struck out a season-high seven batters before a slight cut on the middle finger of his pitching hand forced him to leave after seven innings.
The decision completed a three-game series sweep and was the ninth straight victory by the Dodgers over the Phillies. Los Angeles has won five in a row, but Philadelphia maintains a half-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL East.
"I felt a little shaky early in the game and I was lucky they hit the ball to people," Honeycutt said. "But after I got my feet on the ground, I pitched my kind of game . . . This was like my first game in the big leagues and I was glad to be able to come through."
Mike Marshall hit a two-run homer in the fourth and the Dodgers added four runs in the sixth. Pedro Guerrero singled off Kevin Gross (2-4) in the fourth before Marshall slugged his 12th homer into the center field stands.
In the sixth, Willie Hernandez replaced Gross after Guerrero and Marshall drew two-out walks. Greg Brock singled in Guerrero, Marshall took third and Jack Fimple singled in Marshall.