STATE OF SHOCK: Manager Tommy Lasorda was in shock after the Phillies scored nine runs in the ninth to beat his Dodgers, 12-11, Tuesday night.
"I don't believe it," he said. "We had them 11-1 and then 11-3 going into the ninth. It's unbelievable. First time, first time I've ever seen anything like that in the ninth inning; 11-1, 11-1! I don't believe it!
"We had a couple of plays we could have made and didn't, and our pitchers couldn't get them out."
He felt that an 11-1 lead after the eight-run fifth inning was enough. So he made wholesale changes, even using pitcher Fernando Valenzuela as a pinch hitter. Only third baseman Mike Sharperson played throughout.
"I don't think you could fault Tommy for that," said Von Hayes, who started the comeback in the eighth with a two-run double off Don Aase. "I'm sure a lot of times he looks to rest some of his players, and this seemed to be as logical a time as any. It was just a freak thing that happened."
MOVES: The Athletics recalled outfielder Dann Howitt (.267, 11 homers, 67 RBI with Tacoma) and optioned outfielder Doug Jennings (.189) there. . . .
The Indians optioned infielder Jeff Manto (.111) and right-hander Jeff Shaw (2-4) to Colorado Springs. Returning is right-hander Sergio Valdez, who was 2-5 with the Indians earlier this season and 4-3 in Colorado Springs. He's to start Saturday in Baltimore. The moves, which leaves a roster spot open, could presage a deal. The Indians are reported ready to trade left-hander Bud Black if they can't sign him.
SOLD OUT: Tickets for this weekend's SkyDome showdown between the Blue Jays and the Red Sox are sold out. Even horror writer Stephen King, a Red Sox fan, couldn't scare one up.