Four days and 600 miles after laying in a stock of champagne, PITTSBURGH finally popped the corks and celebrated its second straight divisional championship. En route, Dave Giusti earned his 29th save and Willie Stargell hit his 46th and 47th homers. Ron Santo of CHICAGO hit his 300th lifetime home run as rookie Burt Hooton shut out the Mets. For NEW YORK, Bob Aspromonte had two game-winning hits, one making a winner out of Nolan Ryan, who had lost nine of 10 previous games. Joe Hague of ST. LOUIS blitzed MONTREAL, beating the Expos one day with a grand slam, the next with a two-run triple. Rusty Staub, of the Expos, a .400 hitter since mid-August, raised his average to .313. Willie Montanez tied Richie Allen's PHILADELPHIA record for homers by a rookie with his 29th. It took four months and two days, but Barry Lersch finally got his fifth win, ending an 11-game losing streak. Rick Wise needed less time to complete his pitching feat, but still a lot. During a 12-inning game against the Cubs, he retired 32 men in succession before Santo broke the string. Wise got a big hit, too; it gave him the win 4-3.
PITT 96-64 ST. L 88-71 CHI 82-77 NY 82-77 MONT 69-89 PHIL 66-94