The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched at least a tie for the West Division title as Mariano Duncan and Enos Cabell each drove home two runs last night in a five-run fourth inning during a 10-3 Dodger Stadium victory over the San Diego Padres.
One more Los Angeles win or one loss by second-place Cincinnati will end the division race. Los Angeles has five games remaining, the Reds six -- including their final three at Dodger Stadium.
Los Angeles got to Dave Dravecky (13-11) for eight runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. But Dodgers starter Rick Honeycutt also had problems, surrendering three runs on seven hits before exiting after 3 2/3 innings.
Carlos Diaz, the third Los Angeles pitcher, worked five shutout innings for his sixth victory against three losses.
The Dodgers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Duncan led off with a single, took second on an infield out, stole third and came home on Bill Madlock's single. Pedro Guerrero singled, and both runners advanced on catcher Bruce Bochy's passed ball.
With two out, Mike Scioscia lined a single to right to score both runners.
The Padres got one run back in the third on Jerry Royster's RBI single. The Dodgers made it 4-1 in the bottom of the third when Mike Marshall laced a run-scoring double.
Dravecky had an RBI triple in the fourth and scored on a single by Mario Ramirez to make it 4-3, before the Dodgers chased him in the home fourth.