IT AIN'T OVER 'TIL IT'S OVER

The first-place Reds, Pirates and Red Sox all look painful lickings as three division races tightened up
September 23, 1990

NL WEST
Kal Daniels's home run far above Eric Davis (left) and Stan Javier's slide into third marked the Dodgers' 18-run, two-win weekend; but Chris Sabo's homer brightened Cincy's dugout in a victory that put the Reds up by 5½.

NL EAST
Darryl Strawberry (left) and the Mets closed in on the Pirates, first with a Buc-breaking homer by the Straw—celebrated by Dave Magadan (below)—and later with Frank Viola's nine-strikeout virtuoso performance against the Phillies. When the Pirates were swept in Montreal, the Mets trailed by a half game and even the Expos were back in the race.

AL EAST
A ninth-inning, game-winning home run by Kelly Gruber (near right) last Saturday helped Toronto score a dramatic SkyDome sweep of Baltimore, with the Blue Jays winning all three games in their last at bat. Meanwhile in Chicago, Boston manager Joe Morgan (below) watched Dana Kiecker and the Red Sox staff lose four in a row to the White Sox. That left Toronto just one game back and Boston's Mike Greenwell looking disconsolate.

THREE PHOTOSCHUCK SOLOMON
THREE PHOTOSMARC S. L EVINE PHOTOPAUL J. BERESWILL/NEWSDAY PHOTOLOU REQUENA/AP PHOTOCRAIG ROBERTSON/CANADA WIDE THREE PHOTOSTONY INZERILLO

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)