Steve Sax singled home two runs to highlight a three-run second inning and Los Angeles defeated visiting New York behind the combined three-hit pitching of Bob Welch and Steve Howe.

Welch (11-11) allowed only one hit in six innings, striking out eight, but was struck on the right wrist by Walt Terrell (4-5) in the sixth and had to leave the game. Howe, who gave up the Mets' run in the seventh, recorded his 14th save.

Greg Brock walked to open the second inning and Derrell Thomas singled. After a sacrifice, Welch sent a grounder to shortstop Bob Bailor, who threw to the plate, trapping Brock in a rundown. Catcher Ron Hodges chased Brock back to third, now occupied by Thomas. Hodges tagged Brock, who was already safe on the base, but not Thomas, who got back to second safely while Welch made it back to first.

Sax then singled through the middle, scoring Brock and Thomas. One out later, Dusty Baker singled home Welch.

In the seventh, George Foster singled, took second on a grounder and scored on a single Bob Bailor. The Dodgers added a run in the eighth when Sax, safe on a forceout, stole second, continued to third on Hodges' wild throw and scored on Bill Russell's sacrifice fly.