Padre Randy Jones won his 20th game on his third try, just as he did in 1975, when he finished at 20-12. Jones, who has nine losses, beat Montreal 2-0 on six hits. "I had been keeping too many things inside of me instead of saying what I felt," Jones said. "I feel I'm the best pitcher in baseball, so why not say it?" If he had wanted to be even more candid, Jones might also have blamed the Padres (3-3)—who have been shut out 19 times this year—for some of his losses.
Houston, which had dropped 16 of 23 games while Reliever Ken Forsch was injured, won four of six the week he returned. In one of the victories, Forsch earned a save in relief of J. R. Richard, who got his 15th win. The only optimist in Atlanta (1-5) was 37-year-old Pitcher Phil Niekro, who ought to know better. After beating the Phils 5-1, Niekro said, "We still can finish third. Second isn't out of the question."
CIN 82-48 LA 72-56 HOUS 64-68 SD 63-68 ATL 58-72 SF 56-74