PHIL 96-58 PITT 90-65 ST.L 80-74 CHI 80-75 MONT 71-83 NY 60-94
After Tommy John (19-6) clinched first place with a 3-1 win in San Francisco, the Dodgers celebrated until 5 a.m. Two days later, $1,400 from their clubhouse kangaroo-court kitty was lavished on another bash, this one to celebrate Manager Tom Lasorda's 50th birthday. In between canap�s and cocktails, the Dodgers squeezed past Houston 1-0 behind the two-hit pitching of Burt Hooton. Ron Cey and Reggie Smith each slugged his 30th home run.
Baseball's new home-run king, George Foster of Cincinnati (4-2), walloped No. 50, the first batter in either league to hit that many since Willie Mays in 1965. Foster also had four hits in two consecutive games. Tom Seaver (19-6) beat the Padres 4-0 on two hits, and Pedro Borbon notched his 17th and 18th saves.
Cesar Cedeno's hitting streak was stopped at 22 games, a Houston (2-3) record. Joe Niekro beat Atlanta 6-3 as he improved his record to 13-7.
On Willie McCovey Day, the big first baseman for San Francisco (4-1) drove in the winning run in the ninth to give rookie Bob Knepper a 3-2 win over Cincinnati. It was McCovey's 15th game-deciding hit of the season. The Giants also beat the Padres by the same score as pinch hitter Marc Hill singled across the winning run in the ninth. Rookie Skip James broke a 4-4 deadlock with a ninth-inning run-scoring single and the Giants went on to polish off the Padres 6-4. Gary Lavelle's 20th save came during a 5-4 triumph over the Dodgers.
Jeff Burroughs slammed his 40th homer as Atlanta (3-3) outslugged Los Angeles 9-8. Phil Niekro's 16th victory, 20th complete game and 252nd strikeout came against the Astros, whom he defeated 5-3.
Rollie Fingers picked up his 34th save for San Diego (1-4) and Gene Richards set a modern record for steals by a rookie with his 50th theft.
LA 93-61 CIN 84-72 HOUS 77-77 SF 72-83 SD 66-90 ATL 59-96