Mets 9, Pirates 0
NEW YORK (AP) _ Darryl Strawberry hit a grand slam and Ron Darling and Sid Fernandez combined on a four-hitter as the New York Mets won their record-tying 108th game Sunday, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0.
Gary Carter and Ray Knight also homered for the Mets, who matched the 1975 Cincinnati Reds for the best record in the National League, 108-54, since division play began in 1969.
Darling, 15-6, gave up two hits in five innings while Fernandez allowed two hits over the final four innings for his first major-league save. Astros 4, Braves 1
HOUSTON (AP) - Five Houston pitchers combined on a four-hitter and Jose Cruz hit a two-run double, leading the Astros to a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
The triumph was the Astros’ fifth straight and improved their record to 96-56, best in their history. They finished with an 93-70 record in 1980 when Houston won the West Division.
Bob Knepper, 17-12, pitched five perfect innings and combined with Danny Darwin, Jeff Calhoun, Charlie Kerfeld and Dave Smith for the victory. Phillies 2, Expos 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Luis Aguayo scored on Dann Bilardello’s passed ball in the 10th inning, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Expos.
Aguayo led off the 10th with a single off Curt Brown, 0-1, and moved to to third on sacrifices by Milt Thompson and Jeff Stone. With Rick Shu at the plate, Bilardello allowed Brown’s pitch to get beyond him and permitted Aguayo to score.
Dan Schatzedar, who started the 10th inning, improved his record to 6-5. Chicago 8, St. Louis 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Jody Davis and Brian Dayett hit home runs and Guy Hoffman combined with rookie Drew Hall on a seven-hitter, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader.
The second game was cancelled due to darkness in the second inning with no score.
In the first game, Hoffman, 6-2, allowed six hits, one walk and stuck out five in seven innings. Hall pitched the final two innings for his first major- league save. Padres 2, Reds 1
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Hawkins tossed a three-hitter over eight innings for his first victory in six weeks, leading the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Hawkins, 10-8, allowed three singles as he earned his first victory since Aug. 19, snapping the Reds’ four-game winning streak.
The Padres collected four hits and both runs off Chris Welsh, 6-9, in the first inning. Giants 11, Dodgers 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Candy Maldanado hit a grand slam and a two-run homer and Mike Krukow pitched a seven-hitter over 6 1-3 innings to win 20 games for the first time in his major-league career, leading San Francisco Giants to a 11-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Krukow, 20-9, who struck out four and walked one, also singled in a run in the fifth inning and drove in a second run with a suicide-squeeze bunt in the seventh.