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"If I could hit other guys like I hit Tom Seaver, I wouldn't be figuring out what to do during the All-Star break," said Tommy Hutton of Philadelphia (3-2). In a 5-4 win over the Mets, Hutton singled, homered and drove in three runs against Seaver. That left him with the following career statistics against the Met ace: 16 hits in 37 at bats, three homers, 14 RBIs and a .432 batting average. If Hutton could hit other pitchers like that for a full season, he would have 48 homers and 224 RBIs. Consecutive game-saving catches gave the Phillies a 2-1 win in St. Louis. Centerfielder Garry Maddox made a shoe-top grab with the bases loaded in the ninth, and Second Baseman Ted Sizemore ended the threat with a leaping catch of a liner.
Chicago (3-2) stayed within half a game of first place Pittsburgh by defeating the Pirates 4-2, as Bill Bonham got his sixth win and Bruce Sutter his 12th save. Manny Trillo, who homered in that game, finished the week with a .357 average.
Dave Parker powered Pittsburgh (2-1) past Los Angeles 11-4 with a pair of homers as John Candelaria improved his record to 6-0. Jerry Reuss beat the Mets 5-2 for his first win. When not pitching. Reliever Rich (Goose) Gossage was in the bullpen keeping an eye on a feathered friend named Lucy Goose that was given to the Pirates.
Steve Rogers ended 'an 11-game losing streak for Montreal (2-3) by beating San Diego 3-1. The Expos also defeated the Cubs 5-4, but it was not easy. Joe Kerrigan, the winning pitcher in relief, snuffed out a Chicago uprising in the 12th inning when he fielded a pop-up on an attempted sacrifice bunt by Gene Clines. Kerrigan managed to turn his effort into a double play, but in the process of making his diving catch spiked himself. Jose Morales drove in the winning run in the 13th inning with a pinch single.
Al Hrabosky's three-day suspension was lifted by Manager Vern Rapp of St. Louis (3-3), Rapp had penalized Hrabosky because he refused to have a meeting with Rapp. When they finally met, Rapp advised his reliever to use his slider more often, which Hrabosky promptly did as he saved an 8-5 win over the Phillies.
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Dazzling relief work by Gary Lavelle, Randy Moffitt and Charlie Williams helped San Francisco (5-0) leap from fifth place to second. Lavelle pitched seven innings without yielding an earned run, in the process chalking up his third win and doubling his total saves to six. He preserved a 2-0 victory for Jim Barr with two shutout innings against the Cardinals, who have scored only one run against him in 24? innings stretching over two seasons. Moffitt got his fourth save, and Williams his first two victories. Terry Whitfield's fourth hit of the night polished off Cincinnati 6-5. There was only one bit of bad news for the Giants: John Montefusco was placed on the 21-day disabled list because of an ankle injury.