Montreal and Chicago were both 2-4, but the Expos did smite the Reds 11-3 as Bob Bailey drove in five runs. And the Cubs took a doubleheader from the Padres, 5-1 in 12 innings and 4-3 with the aid of two errors.
Philadelphia, 1-4, scored a mere 12 runs. Asked if team morale was holding up, Manager Danny Ozark replied, "Morality at this point isn't a factor."
PITT 69-62 ST. L 68-64 PHIL 64-67 MONT 60-69 NY 58-71 CHI 54-75
Strange things happened to Boston. Oh, the Red Sox did knock off the White Sox twice, but in three other games—all losses—they scored only twice. It almost seemed that Boston had banned the home run, for the Sox did not hit any last week and have had just one in their last 18 games. Rightfielder Dwight Evans, who had not erred in 192 games, had two miscues in one inning. Worst of all was the growing roster of ailing pitchers. Added to Rick Wise (already on the disabled list) were Dick Drago (arm trouble), Bob Veale (bursitis') and Juan Marichal (prostate problems).
New York, 4-1, moved to within four games of Boston with victories that came in a variety of ways. Pat Dobson blanked the Twins 5-0, lowering his ERA for his past 13 starts to 2.25. A pair of four-run seventh-inning uprisings put down the Twins and White Sox, the latter outburst featuring three errors and only one hit. And Larry Gura earned his first Yankee win by beating Nolan Ryan and the Angels 2-1.
Ross Grimsley picked up his 15th victory and Mike Cuellar his 16th, but Baltimore scored only four times in three other contests and lost them all.
Cleveland's Rico Carty, recently obtained from the Mexican League, had 17 hits in 30 times up as the Indians won four of seven games. Jim and Gaylord Perry both stopped the Royals with five-hitters.
Why has Milwaukee lost 22 of 37 since the All-Star break? Because the Brewers have averaged only 2.8 runs a game. Last week: seven runs, one victory, four defeats.
With two out in the ninth and a 3-2 count. Gene Lamont of Detroit homered to tie Texas 5-5. Ron Leflore followed that with a double, and Gary Sutherland won the game with a single. The victory went to John Hiller (15-8) and left him just one short of equaling the league record for relief wins.