Ellis Valentine hit a two-run double during a four-run rally in the third inning as the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2, yesterday in New York.
The Mets won two of the three games in the series with the Phillies and have won five of their first seven games of baseball's second season.
Met right-hander Pat Zachry got the third inning started with a leadoff single. One out later, Frank Taveras beat out an infield hit off pitcher Dick Ruthven's ankle. Hubie Brooks grounded into a force out, sending Zachry to third, and Dave Kingman singled in the first run.
Valentine then got a hit that dropped just inches fair down the left-field line, scoring Brooks and Kingman. Lee Mazzilli singled in the fourth run.
The Phillies' Mike Schmidt hit his 18th homer this season in the fourth and Brooks hit his third homer of the year in the fifth.
Dodgers 6, Braves 5: Steve Garvey doubled in two runs and scored the tie-breaker on Ron Cey's single in the seventh in Los Angeles.
The Braves had taken a 5-1 lead off Fernando Valenzuela, who gave up three homers and eight hits while striking out nine in five innings. Rookie Tom Niedenfuer, who relieved Valenzuela, won his first major-league game with Dave Stewart recording his first save.
Reds 2, Giants 1: Mario Soto and Tom Hume pitched a seven-hitter and George Foster had three hits in three at bats and drove in a run to help beat San Francisco in Cincinnati.
Soto (7-6) gave up six hits, struck out six and walked one in 61/3 innings. Hume got his seventh save.
Astros 3, Padres 0: Houston's Joe Neikro and Dave Smith pitched a two-hitter and Tony Scott hit two run-scoring singles in San Diego.
Niekro (7-6) went eight innings and allowed both hits to gain his first victory since May 25. Smith got his fourth save.
Starter Steve Mura (4-9) took the loss as San Diego's scoreless string was extended to 27 innings.
Pirates 4-4, Cubs 3-6: Bobby Bonds' three-run single in the fifth inning of the second game gave Chicago a split of its doubleheader with visiting Pittsburgh.
Tony Pena's run-scoring single in the 11th inning, his third hit of that game, gave the Pirates the opener.