Mike Marshall drove in three runs with two home runs and Orel Hershiser recorded his 15th win Friday night as the Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 8-2, in the first game of a doubleheader.
The win was the Dodgers’ fifth in the last six games and extended their lead over the second-place Reds to 9 1/2 games in the National League West.
Hershiser, 15-3, allowed six hits in eight innings, struck out three and walked two. He gave up the Reds’ first run on a sacrifice fly by Wayne Krenchicki in the eighth inning.
Hershiser also drew a walk from Red starter Andy McGaffigan, 1-3, and scored the Dodgers’ first run on Ken Landreaux’s third-inning triple.
In the fourth inning, Bill Madlock doubled to right and took third as Dave Parker bobbled the ball for an error. Mike Scioscia walked and stole second, and Len Matuszek was intentionally walked to load the bases. Steve Sax followed with a two-run single.
Mariano Duncan singled in another run in the seventh inning and Marshall hit a two-run homer, his 21st, that matched his major league career high of last season. He then surpassed that with his 22nd leading off the ninth, when the Dodgers scored twice.
Cincinnati Manager Pete Rose, playing in his first game since breaking Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record last Wednesday night, went hitless in two at-bats and walked twice.