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Andre Dawson slugged five homers for the Expos (2-5), one helping Ray Burris defeat the Astros 5-2. Steve Rogers, who had a 1.45 ERA in four Part II starts, didn't pitch. That was because he suffered a cracked rib sliding into second base as a pinch runner.
Continued weak hitting cost the Cubs (1-6) three one-run losses. But Chicago ended a five-game skid by beating San Francisco 8-2 as Mike Krukow fanned 11 batters and Bill Buckner had the first Cub homer in 10 days.
Reliever Neil Allen saved both wins for New York (2-4) against Atlanta. After nailing down a 4-1 victory for rookie Greg Harris, Allen put the finishing touches on Pat Zachry's 4-2 decision. Steve Carlton of the Phillies (4-3) beat the Braves 3-0 on three hits. Gary Matthews generated all the offense, homering and driving in the three runs. Even though Carlton's scoreless-inning streak was halted at 28? by Cincinnati, Philly won 5-4 when Pete Rose singled across two runs in the eighth. For the week Rose batted .433.
Pittsburgh (4-3) had three hot hitters: Mike Easier batted .478, Omar Moreno .390 and Bill Madlock .392, raising his average to .349, tops in the league. The three Bucs combined for eight hits as Luis Tiant held off San Diego 7-3. That the last-place Pirates were already looking ahead to 1982 was clear: Grant Jackson was sent to the Expos for a player to be named later, or for cash; and Phil Garner went to the Astros for Second Baseman Johnny Ray, who hit .348 this season in Triple A, and two players to be named later.
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There's nothing funny about watching the infield being spruced up in midgame, but Dodger (4-3) fans got a belly laugh when they noticed that the two men pulling a steel net to smooth out the infield were Jay Johnstone and Jerry Reuss. Both had donned groundkeeper's togs, and their prank drew a standing ovation from the crowd but $200 fines from Manager Tom Lasorda. Johnstone drew more cheers that night when he slugged a pinch-hit home run to help beat Pittsburgh 6-2. Dusty Baker, who was out of the lineup with the flu, also came through with a pinch homer, an 11th-inning shot that polished off St. Louis 4-3. Fernando Valenzuela's seventh shutout, 5-0 against the Cardinals, tied the league record for rookies. Valenzuela also kept up his robust hitting by walloping a triple that drove across three runs.
Another dramatic blast was Jack Clark's homer in the 10th that gave the Giants (4-2) a win over Chicago. Doyle Alexander needed no such help, retiring the final 20 Cubs in order as he won 12-0 on a two-hitter.
Eddie Miller stole the show—as well as three bases in the last three innings—when the Braves (2-4) rallied for two runs in the ninth to stun the Phillies 3-2. After Glenn Hubbard tripled, Miller singled and stole second and third. Then, after George Vukovich caught a 200-foot foul along the rightfield line, Miller broke for home and beat the throw to score the gamer.
Houston (6-1), which started the week in a four-way tie for first, broke away from the pack and ran its winning streak to nine games before losing to Montreal. Alan Ashby batted .513, Bob Knepper blanked the Mets 7-0, and Nolan Ryan went seven innings in a 5-0 victory over the Expos. Ryan (1.29) and Knepper (1.80) remained 1-2 in the league ERA race, in which the top five contenders are all from the West. The others: San Francisco's Vida Blue (2.14), Cincinnati's Tom Seaver (2.23) and L.A.'s Burt Hooton (2.29).