In New York, Keith Hernandez's opposite-field double drove in the first of two unearned runs in the third inning. Sid Fernandez and Roger McDowell (5-1) held Los Angeles to five hits.
McDowell relieved Fernandez with two out in the fifth inning and allowed one hit thereafter, retiring 13 of 14 batters. In his last six relief outings, he has three victories and two saves. He is unscored on in his last 19 innings.
"I just keep the ball in the strike zone," said the rookie sinker baller, who got 11 outs on grounders, "and most of the time they're going to hit it on the ground. Any time I come in, I try to throw strikes and go with my best pitch."
Mookie Wilson singled with one out in the third and went to second when shortstop Mariano Duncan booted Kelvin Chapman's double play grounder. It was the Dodgers' 54th error, most in the league. Duncan has made 10.
Hernandez's bloop double down the left field line scored Wilson and sent Chapman to third. Gary Carter was walked intentionally and, after George Foster struck out, John Christensen walked on four pitches, forcing home Chapman.
"The name of the game is catching the ball when you get good pitching," Manager Tom Lasorda of the Dodgers said.
His pitcher, Rick Honeycutt (2-5), gave up three hits in five innings before leaving for a pinch hitter.