It was a frenetic week for Cincinnati fans. The city council passed a resolution expressing "shock and dismay" at an "atrocious call" in which Joe Morgan was ruled out at the plate in a 4-3 loss to Houston. Then came the long-awaited meeting with the Dodgers at home, only to have Steve Garvey's three-run homer stand up for a 3-1 LA victory in the opener. Throttling the Red batters in that one were Don Sutton and the omnipresent Mike Marshall, who had his 20th save as the Dodgers moved 3� games in front. But in the second game the Reds overcame a 5-0 deficit, winning 7-5 on a two-run homer by Morgan. Moments earlier Morgan's bad ankle had buckled, but he would not leave the field. So the Reds, 4-3, gained a game on the Dodgers, who were 3-4.
For the second time in five seasons, Houston Manager Preston Gomez pinch-hit for a pitcher who had thrown eight innings of no-hit ball. In 1970, while with San Diego, he yanked Clay Kirby. And again it was to no avail: the pinch batter did not get a hit, the reliever gave up a ninth-inning hit, and the Astros lost 2-1 to the Reds. Don Wilson, the pitcher Gomez removed, had no quarrel with his manager's decision.
Barely two hours after arriving from Phoenix, John Montefusco of the Giants embarked on one of the most unusual of all major league debuts. He relieved in the first with none out, the bases full and the Dodgers ahead 3-0. Despite being hit by a batted ball, falling down on a fielding play and getting ankle cramps, Montefusco won 9-5. He pitched nine innings, gave up six hits, struck out seven. Montefusco, who did not bat all year because of the Pacific Coast League's DH rule, walked on four pitches his first time up and in his first official at bat slugged a two-run homer.
Atlanta's pennant hopes were all but ended by three shutout losses. San Diego, which had lost 10 straight and 34 of 42, finally beat Houston 8-4.
LA 85-52 CIN 84-55 ATL 77-63 HOUS 70-68 SF 64-75 SD 51-89