Sitting in the opposite dugout at Dodger Stadium for the first time, Orel Hershiser could barely contain his emotions.

"It was just another game 'til the Dodgers went out on the field," Hershiser, who played with Los Angeles for 12 years, said after pitching six strong innings to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 victory Wednesday night.

"Then I went into the dugout tunnel, so I couldn't see it. I don't know what it was, but it felt different. There were times when I had to step back and take some deep breaths."

Hershiser, who left the Dodgers after the 1994 season, was pitching at Dodger Stadium for a team other than the Dodgers for the first time in his career. He was the beloved "Bulldog" while playing for Los Angeles from 1983-94, and ranks 10th on the franchise's victory list with 134 wins.

Hershiser (8-7) allowed five hits and three runs - two earned - before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

DIAMONDBACKS 9, ASTROS 8: At Phoenix, Kelly Stinnett scored the winning run in the 11th on rookie Danny Klassen's two-out single. Houston reliever Billy Wagner was struck in the head by a line drive (see Baseball briefs on Page D3).

REDS 4, CARDINALS 2: Mark McGwire's throwing error in the 11th inning gave Cincinnati its 10th straight victory overall and its 10th in a row on the road. The Reds' winning streak is their longest since a 10-game run in July 1975. The club record is 12 in a row in 1957 and 1939.

PADRES 6, ROCKIES 2: Kevin Brown (11-3) won his eighth straight decision and tied a career high by striking out 10 Colorado batters at Coors Field. Steve Finley hit a three-run homer and Greg Vaughn and Wally Joyner added three hits apiece for San Diego.

BRAVES 12, EXPOS 1: At New York, Andres Galarraga hit a pair of long home runs and Ryan Klesko also connected for Atlanta. Denny Neagle (10-7) allowed four hits through six innings, winning for just the second time since June 21.

PIRATES 3, CUBS 0: At Pittsburgh, Francisco Cordova (7-8) pitched eight shutout innings to outduel Kerry Wood and stop a five-game losing streak.

BREWERS 3, PHILLIES 2: At Milwaukee, Scott Karl (7-4) won the first time in a month, allowing one earned run in seven innings.

EXPOS 9, MARLINS 5: At Miami, Rondell White went 4-for-4 and Carlos Perez (7-9) won for the first time in eight starts. Perez allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings to snap a career-high six-game losing streak.


Additional Information

Going for the record

The race for to overtake Roger Maris' 1961 home-run record

Maris' record on this date in 1961 (July 15) 35

McGwire 40

Griffey 39

Sosa 35

See chart for dates of Maris' home runs