Bob Bailor got three RBI on a suicide squeeze bunt and a bases-loaded single to back the five-hit pitching of left-hander Fernando Valenzuela as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cubs, 9-1, today in Chicago for their sixth straight victory.
"All of a sudden, hitting has become infectious," Manager Tom Lasorda said after his team won its third straight game from Chicago.
Valenzuela, who pitched a five-hitter, needed little more than Dave Anderson's leadoff homer.
Valenzuela (10-8) struck out eight and walked two. He did not allow a hit until the fourth, when Davey Lopes hit his eighth homer of the year. It was the first home run he had permitted in 12 games.
The Dodgers raked starter Larry Gura (0-2), recalled this week from Iowa of the American Association, for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Chicago Manager Jim Frey said the fourth-place Cubs will have difficulty turning things around until injury-plagued starters Rick Sutcliffe and Steve Trout are healthy.
"In the last few days, it's evident what we need most of all is to get our starting rotation healthy," Frey said. "I don't know if (Gura) will get another start, but we're going to need somebody in the San Francisco series after the All-Star break."