A Bad Night in Georgia for Dodgers : Baseball: Astacio falters again, Butler makes an error in 8-5 loss.

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This is how bad it was for Pedro Astacio on Friday night: With two out in the third inning, he was pitching so poorly against Atlanta that he was yanked when pitcher Tom Glavine came to the plate.

And this is how bad it was for the Dodger offense on a night they lost, 8-5: In the first four innings, nine baserunners were stranded. Twice during that span, the Dodgers left runners on third base and once they left the bases loaded.

The tone for the night was set in the first inning when Brett Butler, errorless in 307 consecutive games, slipped and bobbled a ball.


“If you are going to make an error, make an error--don’t fall down and make one,” Butler said. “I didn’t even do it right.”

The Dodgers are 0-4 in 1994 against the Braves, who blew Astacio out of the game with a five-run third inning that put them ahead, 8-1, before a sellout crowd of 49,010 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

This was the second consecutive early shower for Astacio (3-5), and it is bewildering to Manager Tom Lasorda, inasmuch as Astacio had pitched four consecutive solid outings before that.

“I wish I knew when he was going to be bad, because I wouldn’t start him,” Lasorda said. “All you have to do is hope the next time he goes out he will be all right.”

The Dodgers rallied in the sixth inning, scoring four runs to narrow the gap to 8-5 and knock out Glavine (6-5), who gave up 11 hits but was able to pitch out of several other jams. “I think Glavine pitched fine tonight. (The Dodgers) got a ton of klunkers on him,” Brave Manager Bobby Cox said.

Garey Ingram scored the Dodgers’ first run on a sacrifice fly by Eric Karros, who had two.

Ingram, who was two for three, scored twice and worked Glavine for a key walk in the sixth inning, had his own cheering section. About 30 friends and family members drove from Columbus, Ga., about 90 miles away, to see him play, and their voices could be heard whenever Ingram was at the plate.


“My second at-bat I heard them, and then Tommy (Lasorda) said, ‘Look, there’s Garey’s mom,’ ” said Ingram, who is batting .379 since being called up on May 14.

“They were holding up a sign that said, ‘Your mom’s right here.’ ”

Eddie Pye, making his major league debut, started the Dodgers’ sixth-inning rally with a leadoff checked-swing single in his first at-bat. He played flawlessly at second base after taking over for Ingram.

“I was nervous when I went out in the field, but as we were going out, Eric Karros got me laughing,” Pye said. “Eric said, ‘This is just like (the Dodger rookie team at Great Falls).’ I looked around, and there’s Offy (Jose Offerman) and Karros, and I played three years in the minors with both of them. So I relaxed, because it wasn’t like I had never played with them before.”

Glavine has allowed more than three earned runs only three times in his last 20 starts. His 6-5 record might be better, but the Braves scored only nine runs in his five losses. In this game, against the wild Astacio, scoring was no problem.

Astacio, who didn’t get past the fourth inning in his last start, struggled from the beginning. Of the Braves’ six hits off him, four were for extra bases--a three-run home run by Ryan Klesko and doubles by Jeff Blauser, David Justice and Terry Pendleton.

Astacio faced eight batters in the first inning and the first three scored--Roberto Kelly drawing a leadoff walk in his first home at-bat as a Brave, Blauser doubling and Klesko following with his homer.


“Bad day . . . again,” Astacio said. “My arm’s fine. Everything happened today, but I will be ready for the next time.”