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One pitcher the Cardinals would like to have back is Steve Carlton of the Phillies (2-3), who beat St. Louis 8-3 to raise his record against the Cards to 24-8 since he was traded away in 1972. Philly's Dickie Noles struck out eight and didn't give up a run in 6? innings in three relief appearances. Noles picked up a save during a 13-4 drubbing of the Expos as the Phillies scored eight times in the last two innings.
For late uprisings, though, no one matched Chicago (2-2), which defeated New York 12-9 after trailing 9-1 in the sixth. Dave Kingman, who already had hit a two-run homer, concluded the rally with the fifth Cub dinger of the day, a grand slam in the eighth.
Except for a 5-0 win over Chicago in which Pete Falcone gave up just five singles and a 3-2 triumph over Montreal in which Neil Allen got his third save, the week was bad news for New York (2-3). The Montreal victory was attended by only 2,052 fans, the sparsest gathering ever to watch the Mets at Shea.
Montreal starting pitchers lasted a total of only 24 innings, long enough to be racked up for 16 earned runs and 33 hits. But the Expos stole 10 bases, benefited from some long-ball hitting and got strong pitching from their bullpen, which in one 19-inning stretch gave up only a single run. Montreal beat the Phillies 5-4 when Ellis Valentine homered in the 10th and 7-5 as Gary Carter had four RBIs. The big gun, though, was Warren Cromartie, who hit .579 and unloaded two homers during a 7-3 triumph in New York.
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"I've always said games are won and lost in the clubhouse," Texas Outfielder Al Oliver said. "Last year everybody just sat around and waited for a miracle. We're a lot looser this year. Guys are cracking at me and I enjoy it." Ranger bats did some cracking, too. Mickey Rivers had 10 hits and Rusty Staub had seven, while Jim Sundberg and Buddy Bell each drove in seven runs. First-place Texas (5-2) rallied for three wins, the most dramatic an 8-7 comebacker against Cleveland. The Indians, who led 7-0 in the fifth, were beaten when Richie Zisk slammed a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth. The Rangers got five-hit shutouts by Jon Matlack, who beat the Indians 3-0, and Gaylord Perry, who defeated the Red Sox 8-0.
With Bruce Bochte hitting .447 and Dan Meyer .410, and with its staff pitching four complete-game wins, Seattle (5-3) clung to second place. Floyd Bannister went the distance twice, beating Toronto 5-1 and Minnesota 3-1, and had 14 strikeouts.
Although the A's (5-1) have not been able to line up a radio station to broadcast their games, erstwhile announcer Red Rush has kept coming to the park. What Rush was unable to report was that Wayne Gross had eight RBIs and two homers, that Oakland executed three successful suicide squeeze plays and that the A's pitchers suddenly looked like a bunch of Walter Johnsons as they held opponents to a .190 batting average. Matt Keough, 2-17 last season, was 2-0 after beating Seattle 6-1 on six hits. Also 2-0 was Mike Norris, who had been 5-8 in 1979. After defeating the Twins 4-1 with a three-hit, 11-strikeout performance, Norris four-hit the Angels, gaining a 3-1 victory in which Jeff Jones picked up the final two outs.
With a 4-0 lead after the fifth and Jim Palmer on the mound, the Orioles had good reason to feel confident against the White Sox (4-2). Palmer, however, was shelled. Then, in the 12th inning, Marv Foley tagged Tippy Martinez for a homer that gave Chicago a 5-4 win. That was the first home run yielded by Martinez in 66 games and 123 innings since May 1978. Picking up the victory was Ed Farmer, who earlier had earned two saves.