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While the Pirates (1-6), Phillies (1-5) and Cardinals (5-3) battled for the division lead (page 8), the Mets quietly moved up to make it a four-team race. However, injuries to starting Pitchers Jon Matlack, Jerry Koosman and George Stone could make it tough for New York to stage a pennant rush. Tom Seaver beat San Diego 9-4 for his 16th win, but saving the day for the Mets were 25-year-old Hank Webb and 24-year-old Craig Swan, who both won games at week's end.
Having collected 18 hits in an 18-12 loss to Pittsburgh earlier this year, the Cubs should not have been surprised when they knocked out 16 hits in a game with Cincinnati last week and were beaten 12-8—after once leading by five runs. Undaunted by the Cubs' descent from first place to fifth has been Bill Madlock, who went on a 10 for 13 tear last week (he had streaks of 14 for 18 and 12 for 19 earlier this season), to raise his average to .359.
Montreal broke a six-game losing streak by beating the Dodgers 8-3 and 3-2. The toughest loss of the Expos' slump came against San Francisco. In that game, rookie Dan Warthen shut out the Giants on one hit for 10 innings. Expo Reliever Woodie Fryman took the defeat in the 12th.
PITT 67-54 PHIL 65-55 ST. L 64-57
When Cincinnati's Pete Rose played left field, it was known as the "Rose Garden." Now that Rose has moved to third base, Reds fans have renamed the area "Fosterville" in tribute to the booming bat of George Foster. During a week in which 17 players had four-hit games, Foster was the best. He went 5 for 5 in a 9-3 win over the Cubs. His three home runs, .519 average and 11 RBIs led the Reds to a 6-0 week and 12 victories in their last 13 games. A .264 hitter last year with only seven homers and 41 runs batted in, Foster's 1975 figures read: .306, 21 and 67. And he was not the only red-hot Red. Rightfielder Ken Griffey had four hits in the same game in which Foster had five. First Baseman Tony Perez added a four-hit performance the next day and Rose finished the week needing just one hit to reach a total of 2,500 for his 13-year career.
No longer harboring any thoughts of catching the Reds, who now lead by 17� games, Los Angeles was busy trying to stay ahead of its nettlesome neighbors from the north, the Giants. Thirty-year-old Dodger mainstay Don Sutton (16-10) threw a three-hitter to beat the Mets 2-1 and looked as though he might finally have a 20-win season. In the last four years he has won 17, 19, 18 and 19. After six L.A. victories, the week ended with a pair of losses to the Expos and a statement by injured Outfielder Bill Buckner that was indicative of the Dodgers' mood: "I need surgery on my ankle. I would like it to be done now, so I could forget this year and prepare for next."
Outfielder Gary Matthews hit four home runs and Second Baseman Derrel Thomas rapped out nine hits in three games as the Giants also won six in a row before losing twice. Those defeats stalled San Francisco's drive for second place. The Giants still trail the Dodgers by 3� games.
Surprising San Diego won its 55th game more than a month earlier than last year as lefthander Randy Jones improved his record to 16-7 by throwing a four-hitter against the Phillies. Jones leads all major league starters with a 2.01 ERA.