The Dodgers' current "Bulldog" outdueled the former one.
Kevin Brown allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings before leaving with a blister and Los Angeles knocked the New York Mets out of first place, beating Orel Hershiser 9-2 Monday night in a matchup of present and past Dodgers aces.
Brown (13-6) went out to the mound starting the eighth, then had a brief conference with the Dodgers' trainer before manager Davey Johnson changed pitchers.
Brown won his fourth straight decision as the Dodgers took three of four from the Mets. He struck out three and walked one in improving to 2-3 against New York.
New York, which had led the NL East since Aug. 2, dropped one-half game behind Atlanta, which beat Houston 5-3. The Mets have lost three straight for the first time since an eight-game skid that ended June 6.
"Brown moved the ball around pretty good, we had a couple of good swings against him," Mets outfielder Benny Agbayani said. "But he's a tough customer."
A decade ago, Hershiser (11-9) was the Dodgers' resident tough customer. Nicknamed "Bulldog" for his tenacious, gritty pitching style while dominating the National League in the lte 1980s with Los Angeles, Hershiser allowed three runs, six hits and five walks in five innings.
"Kevin's a great pitcher and he's given up runs before," Hershiser said. "Just not tonight."
Hershiser was bothered by a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, and Mets manager Bobby Valentine decided not to send him out for the sixth.
Mark Grudzielanek went 3-for-5 with an RBI triple, a single and two runs scored, and Eric Karros went 2-for-4 with four RBIs in support of Brown. Karros had eight RBIs in the final two games of the series.
Los Angeles got to Hershiser again in the third for a run. With the bases loaded, Hundley hit a sharp grounder to first that Olerud knocked down as the run scored.
Hershiser intentionally walked Beltre to again load the bases, but Brown grounded to third.
The Dodgers made it 6-0 in the sixth. Grudzielanek had a RBI triple off reliever Billy Taylor and Karros hit a two-run double off Turk Wendell.
"We haven't had too many highlights this season," Johnson said. "But this is the hottest team in baseball and we came in here and played great against them, so that's encouraging."
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