St. Louis ended a four-game losing streak when rookie Jorge Roque, an .083 slugger, pinch-hit his first major league home run in the 11th inning to beat Montreal 5-4. That knocked the Expos out of fourth place, where their one-day stay prompted a red-ink headline in the Montreal Gazette: WELL, HOW ABOUT THAT...WE'VE GOT A FOURTH-PLACE BALL-CLUB.... Thereafter Montreal dropped four in a row, St. Louis won four and life resumed its normal course.
Philadelphia's Steve Carlton won his 24th on the same day that Rick Wise, the player he was traded for, got his 15th win for St. Louis. Phillie Manager Paul Owens said Carlton could write his own ticket for 1973. Rookie Catcher Bob Boone whipped off his mask to find a passed ball and jammed his plastic helmet down over his eyes, dislodging both of his contact lenses. No ticket writer he. Don Money handled a league-record 162 errorless chances but at the end of the week was on the bench with an "injury." "It's in my backside from sitting," he grumbled.
PITT 89-50 CHI 77-64 NY 72-66 ST.L 68-74 MONT 64-76 PHIL 51-89
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
"We can't lose in the stretch run," said Oakland Pitcher Ken Holtzman. "Any one of our first four pitchers can stop a losing streak." As the A's moved 4� games ahead of Chicago, Blue Moon Odom shut out the Twins on six hits, Holtzman beat Texas 12-3 for his 17th win of the season, a personal high, and Vida Blue two-hit the feeble Rangers. "I can't call it a great game, not against that ball club," said Blue.
When Dick Allen homered, the White Sox won; when he did not, they did not. His three home runs last week brought him up to 36 for the season and broke the club record of 33 that Bill Melton set last year. Stan Bahnsen pitched two shutouts, but Wilbur Wood twice failed to become the first Chicago pitcher in 51 years to win 25 games.
Minnesota swept a doubleheader from Oakland when Rich Reese doubled home the winning run in the ninth inning of the first game and walked it home in the eighth of the second. Rumors surfaced that Manager Bob Lemon, who last year led his team to the first over .500 season in Kansas City's 17 major league years, would not be rehired.
California won four of six and should have won the others for Nolan Ryan. Ryan gave up only six hits while striking out 15 against Texas and four hits while whiffing 11 in eight innings against Chicago, but lost 3-0 and 2-0.
The Rangers twice failed to score to move within three games of the American League record for most shutouts suffered. The week's lone victory came when Bill Gogolewski, a 3-9 pitcher with a 4.46 ERA, one-hit the Angels 3-0.
OAK 83-57 CHI 78-61 MINN 71-68 KC 67-71 CAL 66-73 TEX 52-88