Division leader NEW YORK was streaking; then came a weekend home stand against San Diego. I he Padres beat Jerry Koosman and next took on Tom Seaver, who had won his fourth game of the season five days earlier in San Francisco. Seaver was seeking the 100th victory of his career against the Padres, a team he had beaten 10 straight times. It was 2-all in the top of the eighth when the Padres finally exploded. Enzo Hernandez singled and scored when Leron Lee dumped an opposite-field double into left-center. Nate Colbert, who has hit three of his six homers off Met pitching, then pounded a high one some 400 feet over the left-center fence and the Padres were on their way to a 6-2 win. "Every time I make a mistake to him he hits it," Seaver said of Colbert. "That is the sign of a good hitter...." A sign that Rick Wise of ST. LOUIS might expect to be in for a good Saturday night was a clubhouse pool in which the pitcher drew Riva Ridge in the Kentucky Derby. Like the horse, Wise broke on top as Joe Torre drove in three runs in a 4-2 victory. The night before Henry Aaron homered off win-less Hob Gibson to beat him 2-1. Gibson was 0-4, the worst start of his career. CHICAGO, despite Joe Pepitone's retirement, scored 32 runs in three games against the Braves as Bill Hands, Ferguson Jenkins and Milt Pappas all won with six-hitters. After Ron Santo broke a small bone in his right wrist in a Houston game, Carmen Fanzone, his replacement at third base, hit two homers in a 6-4 Cub victory. PITTSBURGH continued to falter as Dock Ellis, a 3-2 winner over Houston, first talked about retirement before age 30 and then ended up with Mace in his face and a disorderly-conduct charge after a run-in with a ball park security man at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. PHILADELPHIA ( Frank Lucchesi calls his Phillies the Blitz Kids) and MONTREAL, the Met alumni, northern chapter, continued to pressure New York for first place.
NY 11-6 PHIL 12-7 MONT 10-6 CHI 8-11 PITT 7-10 ST. L 7-11