Burrell, who has been in an April swoon realized that the calendar was changing to May and broke out the real swing. Burrell went 2-for-4 and although they were both singles, they looked pretty good. Of course, just to remind us that April wasn't quite over, Burrell also struck out twice. Maybe Burrell's drop from fourth to sixth in the order had something to do with the slight progress. Actually, singles were the order of the night as they collected seven hits – all singles – and stranded eight runners on base.
Vicente Padilla (3-3) allowed four earned runs on five hits in six innings. All of the runs came on homeruns with Fred McGriff hitting his third of the season – a solo shot – in the second inning and Adrian Beltre hitting a three-run shot in the sixth for his fourth homerun of the year. Terry Adams and Turk Wendell pitched shutout ball over the final two innings.
The only real trouble that Perez had was in the eighth inning and he hoped to finish the game, but Dodgers manager Jim Tracy decided not to push things. When the game turned into a save situation, Tracy called on Eric Gagne, who recorded his eighth save of the season by retiring pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee to end the game. "That was just a fantastic performance by Odalis," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "We did everything we could to let him finish the game, but 132 pitches at this point of the season, I do not want to regret not having him in July and August. When you have a guy down there like Gagne ready to go, it is just the right move."