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Tommy Boggs, Claudell Washington, Brian Asselstine and Rick Camp are becoming household names in Atlanta (4-3). Boggs, 1-10 before the strike, won his second straight game in Part 2 as he beat New York 5-2 with the support of a three-run pinch homer by Asselstine. Camp's four saves gave him a total of 13, and Washington hit .385. When it came to names, though, Peachtree Street was celebrating newcomer Brett (Gone with the Wind) Butler, a 24-year-old outfielder who came up from the minors and promptly scored two runs and drove in another during a 6-4 triumph over the Mets.
Three saves by Greg Minton of the Giants (4-2) gave him 14. Minton, who has added a changeup to go with his sinker, was also a 5-1 victor in Pittsburgh, Joe Morgan's three-run double breaking an 11th-inning deadlock.
Burt Hooton and Jerry Reuss of the Dodgers (3-3) pitched four-hit shutouts against former teams, the Cubs and Cardinals, respectively. " Reuss is the hardest-throwing lefthander in the league," said Keith Hernandez of St. Louis. "He simply overpowered us." Fernando Valenzuela was no slouch, either, striking out 12 Cardinals and giving up just four hits in 8? innings. Dave Stewart came on to get the last out of that 3-2 victory, one that gave Valenzuela a 10-4 record.
Two Nolans excelled. Joe Nolan of the Reds (3-2) batted .467 and drove in eight runs, four in a 6-3 triumph over Philadelphia and two in Mario Soto's 2-0 defeat of New York. And Nolan Ryan of the Astros (2-4) fired five innings of hitless ball in a 9-1 win over Montreal. Punchless San Diego (2-5) remained mired in the basement.
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What were a singer and a belly dancer doing in the Montreal clubhouse? Well, it was Ray Burris' 31st birthday. Ray's wife phoned Woodie Fryman and asked him to do something special, so Fryman arranged for a singing telegram and the hip-shaker. The Braves spoiled the party somewhat by knocking Burris out in four innings, but the Expos (3-4) rallied for a 5-4 victory. John Milner, just obtained from the Pirates in exchange for Willie Montanez, had the big blow for Montreal, a three-run homer. Another three-run blast, by Gary Carter in the 11th, finished off Atlanta 4-1. Carter had missed three games because of an injured right leg. "The pain was excruciating," he said. "I thought I was going to faint. But if you're going to be a catcher, you've got to be a dog."
Gene Tenace's pinch single in the ninth carried first-place St. Louis (3-3) past the Padres 7-6. Catcher Darrell Porter didn't have any big hits, but his mere presence behind the plate provided encouragement; Porter had been out of commission since early May, when he tore a rotator cuff in his right shoulder. On Sunday, Porter had two of the Cardinals' 20 hits as they beat L.A. 11-7.
With Neil Allen chalking up two saves and a win, and with Dave Kingman walloping three home runs, the Mets (3-3) remained pesky. Kingman slugged two homers as Ed Lynch and Allen blanked Atlanta 4-0, and his grand slam in the eighth beat Cincinnati 7-4. The Mets signed 1974 Cy Young Award winner Mike Marshall, who hadn't pitched since his release by the Twins 14 months ago, and used him in relief four straight days. He gave up six hits and three runs in 3? innings.