Barry Bonnell reached first base—and Tippy Martinez picked him off. Then Dave Collins reached first—and Martinez picked him off. And when Willie Upshaw got to first, Martinez promptly made it 3 for 3 in the same inning. Toronto did take a 4-3 lead but lost in the bottom of the 10th when Cal Ripken tied the score with a home run and Sakata hit another with two aboard.
Since Manager Tommy Lasorda dressed down the Dodgers following a 9-2 loss in Cincinnati on Aug. 10, L.A. has won 13 of 16 games, including 10 of its last 11. The staff ERA for those 11 games was 1.47. Since losing Bob Horner for the season with a broken wrist on Aug. 15, the Braves have lost seven of 12 and have been dealt four shutouts, twice as many as in their previous 118 games. As a result, Los Angeles closed a 6�-game deficit to a half game. The teams play each other six more times, with a three-game series starting Sept. 9 in Los Angeles.