Not even 10 home runs, four by Willie Horton, could untrack the Tigers (2-7), who committed 10 errors.
BOS 65-42 BALT 55-49 NY 54-51
MIL 52-56 CLEV 46-57 DET 46-61
John Montefusco of the Giants vowed he would shut out the Reds and strike out Johnny Bench four times. Not quite. After 1? innings Montefusco was removed, having been creamed for seven runs, three coming on a homer by Bench. Cincinnati set a major league mark for consecutive incomplete games (45) before Pat Darcy stopped the Giants for his first complete game ever. The Reds (4-3) lost twice to the Dodgers (3-4), but L.A.'s hopes for making up ground on the leaders were dimmed when Cincy won 1-0 behind Tom and Clay Carroll.
San Francisco and Atlanta (both 4-3) thrived on clutch hits. The Giants beat the Astros 3-2 on Chris Speier's homer and overcame the Reds 4-2 on Bobby Murcer's two-run double. The Braves handed Mike Marshall of the Dodgers his 10th and 11th losses. Biff Pocoroba beat him 5-3 with a two-run single, and in an 11-10 slugfest Rowland Office climaxed a six-run ninth with a homer. Atlanta also won a 15-inning, 8-6 game in San Diego when Darrell Evans homered.
San Diego (4-3), which lost 17 of 18 to the Braves last season, took two of three from them last week. Randy Jones was credited with both of the victories, 3-1 and 4-0, throwing only 79 pitches in the latter.
For Houston (2-5) the brightest moment came when Pitcher Jose Sosa hit a three-run homer in his first big-league at bat. That came in an 8-4 win over the Padres in which Sosa also got his first save.
CIN 70-38 LA 56-52 SF 54-53
SD 51-57 ATL 47-60 HOUS 38-72
"It's beautiful when we get the burners cooking," said Dave Cash after the Phillies (3-5) stole five bases in two wins over the Pirates. Also dazzling the Pirates was Rightfielder Jay Johnstone. In a bunt situation, Johnstone sneaked behind Buc Frank Taveras at first base and tagged him out on a pickoff throw from Catcher Johnny Oates.