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In Montreal (4-2), five Expo starters held opponents to one run or less, logging a combined ERA of 1.40. Steve Rogers (13-7), who leads the league with a 2.35 ERA, beat the Cubs 2-1 as the Expos slipped into third place ahead of the Pirates. The Expos also set some individual records: Ross Grimsley (14-8) became the first Montreal lefthander ever to win 14 games, with a 1-0 shutout of Chicago; Andre Dawson became the first Expo to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season; and Ellis Valentine tied a club fielding record with his 20th assist.
New York (1-4) Manager Joe Torre was looking for pitchers. Nino Espinosa was sick, Pat Zachry was on the disabled list, and everyone else was throwing marshmallows. When Torre saw Warren Spahn in Coopers-town, he told the 57-year-old lefthander, "Stay in shape, I may need you." St. Louis (6-1) beat the Mets three times—including a one-hitter by John Denny and Roy Thomas—and took three of four from Philadelphia.
PHIL 63-50 CHI 58-56 MONT 56-61 PITT 51-61 NY 48-68 ST.L 47-69
The Dodgers, Giants and Reds all had the division lead at one time or another. Los Angeles (6-1) took over first place on Friday by beating San Francisco 4-3 for its seventh straight win as Giant reliever Randy Moffitt walked in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The Los Angeles pitching staff, which now leads the league with a 3.14 ERA, had four complete games in seven starts: Burt Hooton (12-8) four-hit the Giants 5-1; Tommy John (13-9) held the Padres to six hits and won 3-1; Don Sutton (12-9) also allowed six hits in beating San Diego 3-2; and Doug Rau (11-7) shut out the Padres 3-0, allowing them only one hit after the third inning. Bob Welch (4-0), a 21-year-old rookie who launched the Dodgers' winning streak by stopping their six-game losing skid, defeated 16-game winner Vida Blue and the Giants 12-2, giving up only five hits in eight innings and lowering his ERA to 1.80. The Dodger hitters were equally impressive, contributing 10 home runs. Reggie Smith hit three, giving him 23 for the year, and batted .375 with nine RBIs.
After relinquishing the division lead for the first time in more than two months, San Francisco (2-4) climbed back into a tie for first with the Dodgers by beating them 3-2. Bill Madlock's 12th home run broke a 2-2 tie, and Bob Knepper (12-9) pitched his 12th complete game. Blue's 12-2 setback two nights earlier was his first loss since June 5, ending his 10-game winning streak.
Cincinnati (3-4) was briefly in first place early in the week after beating San Diego 3-1, as Doug Bair got his 21st save. The Reds' bullpen now has 37 saves and a 24-12 record. However, ace starter Tom Seaver lost twice and his record dropped to 11-11. In a 5-3 loss to Atlanta, Seaver "did everything wrong that I could possibly do," and the Reds fell out of first after a one-day stay. When he lost to San Diego 4-2, Seaver found something else to do wrong—commit two errors. Seaver is now 3-7 since his no-hitter on June 16.
For San Diego (2-5), the pitching held up but the hitting went sour. Before beating Cincinnati 15-3, Padre pitchers had given up only 12 runs in four games, but lost all four nonetheless. On Saturday, Gaylord Perry (13-5), with relief help from Bob Shirley and Rollie Fingers (27th save), got a little help from the Padre batters as he beat the Reds 4-2.
Pitching saved Atlanta (4-2). Rookie Larry McWilliams, 5-0 since the All-Star break, beat Houston (2-3) twice, and Gene Garber, who came over from Philadelphia in exchange for Dick Ruthven on June 20, recorded his 17th, 18th and 19th saves of the year. In 6� weeks Garber has saved more games (16) than any Atlanta reliever in five years.
SF 68-49 LA 68-49 CIN 67-49 SD 59-58 ATL 54-61 HOUS 53-61