Getting superb performances from its Shake and Bake center-field combination, its Bionic Pitcher and a worried father-to-be, Philadelphia (5-1) was the only Eastern team with a winning record. Although Garry (Shake) Maddox had a sore shoulder and Bake Mc-Bride a gimpy knee, they combined for 11 hits in 25 at bats. Maddox drove in three runs as 38-year-old Jim Kaat beat Atlanta. Kaat, whose son Jim Jr. thinks his dad is "a bionic man," won his 253rd game and became the 25th man to pitch 4,000 major league innings. After Steve Carlton (19-8) struck out nine Braves in a 6-1 victory, McBride knocked in all the runs in a 3-0 triumph over the Reds. One of McBride's hits was his 13th homer. That victory went to Jim Lonborg, who tossed a five-hitter in between phone calls to his wife. She gave birth to a baby girl the next day. The win was the Phillies' 15th in a row at home, breaking a club record dating back to 1890. McBride had another homer and three more RBIs as Larry Christenson (13-6) stopped the Reds 9-3.
Ten stolen bases raised the Pirates' total to 200—tops in the majors—but otherwise there was little zip in the Pittsburgh (2-3) attack. Phil Garner's three hits and three steals, coupled with John Candelaria's four-hitter, brought about a 3-1 win over the Giants.
St. Louis and Chicago (both 1-5) struggled on the West Coast. The Cardinals broke a seven-game losing streak by trimming the Giants 6-4, but that still left them with a 3-14 road record against California teams. Bruce Sutter of the Cubs got his 26th save as he wrapped up Rick Reuschel's 19th win, a 4-1 verdict in Los Angeles.
Home runs by Gary Carter and Tony Perez, who hit .409, enabled Montreal (2-4) to knock off Cincinnati 7-2. Steve Rogers, who began the week with a 7-2 loss during which he walked seven Astros, ended it by beating Houston 5-1 on six hits and no bases on balls.
Three home runs and 10 RBIs by Steve Henderson accounted for much of the New York (2-4) offense. Henderson drove in three runs as Pat Zachry beat Atlanta 4-0.
PHIL 83-50 PITT 77-58 CHI 71-62 ST.L 72-63 MONT 61-73 NY 53-81
The Dodgers (5-1) reveled in statistical accomplishments as they pulled 10� games ahead of the Reds. Five was Steve Garvey's number as he came through with that many runs, RBIs and hits (two of them homers) in an 11-0 blitzing of St. Louis. Don Sutton (13-8) pitched that shutout and then held off Pittsburgh 6-4. In the process, he passed Grover Cleveland Alexander and moved into 24th place on the alltime strikeout list with 2,199. Garvey also gave Sutton ample support in his second win, hitting his 29th homer and driving in his 99th and 100th runs. During the week, Garvey batted .480 and had 11 RBIs. More numbers: Reggie Smith hit his 25th and 26th homers, Ron Cey his 25th, and Tommy John and Rick Rhoden won their 16th games.
Not that the Reds (3-3) were without glittering statistics of their own. While defeating Montreal 6-0, Tom Seaver became the 11th pitcher to get 2,500 strikeouts. George Foster hammered his 43rd and 44th home runs, Johnny Bench his 29th, Joe Morgan his 21st.