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Young, Dodgers Edge Astros 4-3


Eric Young's home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Montreal Expos.

Montreal had tied it with two runs in the top of the inning before dropping their seventh straight game.

Steve Kline (2-5) retired Charles Johnson on a grounder to short and struck out Adrian Beltre before Young drove a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right for his fifth homer.

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  • Despite getting charged with his eighth blown save, Jeff Shaw (3-6) was credited with the victory. The right-hander faced four batters, allowing a walk and a game-tying RBI single by pinch-hitter Ryan McGuire.

    Eric Karros also homered for the Dodgers.

    Chan Ho Park was two outs away from his first complete game of the season and third in 68 career starts when Brad Fullmer doubled and scored on a single by Shane Andrews to chase Park and bring the Expos within 3-2.

    Park allowed two runs and five hits in 8 1/3 innings, including Fullmer's 11th homer with one out in the fourth. He struck out six and walked two.

    Rookie Carl Pavano, who pitched six scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Aug. 5, was locked in a 1-1 duel with Park until Karros pulled a 2-1 pitch deep into the left-field seats for his 19th homer and fourth in four games.

    Los Angeles added a run in the eighth on Raul Mondesi's RBI single off Mike Maddux.

    Pavano allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. The right-hander, who came to the Expos from Boston in the trade for Pedro Martinez, has only one victory in his last eight starts.

    The Expos fell 32 games under .500 for the first time this season.

    The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the first when Eric Young led off with an infield single, stole second and scred from third on Gary Sheffield's single.

    Notes

  • None of the games in this weekend's Dodgers-Mets series -- highlighted by Mike Piazza's return to Dodger Stadium -- is a sellout yet. As of Wednesday night, the ticket office reported advance sales of 48,000 for Friday, 43,500 for Saturday, 37,500 for Sunday and 31,000 for Monday. The ballpark's seating capacity is 56,000, and the record for a four-game series here is 218,948 -- for San Francisco in August 1963.
  • Darren Dreifort sidestepped questions on whether Atlanta's Andres Galarraga deserved the three-game suspension he got from the NL office Wednesday for carrying through with his threat to charge the mound after the right-hander drilled him for the second time in one week. "I didn't even know he threatened me until after the game," Dreifort said. "But I understand why he was frustrated -- with as many times as he's been hit."
  • Expos manager Felipe Alou has used at least 10 different players in seven of the first eight spots in the starting lineup this season.
  • Dodgers interim general manager Tommy Lasorda met Wednesday with Florida Marlins GM Dave Dombrowski, the fourth of six candidates to be interviewed for the job.

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