Tom Nieto singled to right field with two out in the eighth inning last night in St. Louis to score Terry Pendleton and give Joaquin Andujar his 14th victory as the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2.
Nieto's hit came off reliever Ken Howell (4-4).
Andujar (14-3), the winningest pitcher in the major leagues, gave up eight hits in pitching his eighth complete game. It was the Cardinals' 14th victory in 18 games and their eighth straight at home.
Andy Van Slyke opened the St. Louis eighth by flying out against Howell, the Dodgers' third pitcher. Pendleton beat out an infield single and stole his second base of the night before Nieto's hit.
Los Angeles, after missing an excellent scoring opportunity in the sixth inning, came up with a run in the seventh that produced a 2-2 tie.
Steve Sax got an infield single to third base and scored easily when Terry Whitfield, who had entered the game an inning earlier, doubled to right center. The run negated one by St. Louis in the fifth off Dodgers starter Rick Honeycutt, which came on Willie McGee's single and Tommy Herr's double.
Padres 9, Pirates 1: Garry Templeton went three for three and drove in four runs in San Diego's victory in Pittsburgh.
"I didn't like what I saw out there," said Manager Chuck Tanner, who held a 15-minute postgame coaches meeting to discuss his Pirates' 25-50 record.
The 10,102 fans didn't like it, either. They booed and cheered derisively while the Pirates lost their 10th in 13 games. They particularly focused on infielder Jim Morrison, who has suggested the near-bankrupt team move out of Pittsburgh.