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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pitching leads Reds to sweep

August 31, 1981:  A Johnny Bench tenth inning pinch single scores Dave Concepcion with the winning run as the Reds outlast the Expos 4-3.  Montreal scored two runs in the top of the eighth to tie it.  Rookie Scott Brown (2-0) picked up the win while Bill Lee (2-4) was pinned with the defeat.

September 1, 1981:  Frank Pastore (7-2) tossed his second shutout of the abbreviated season as the Reds downed the Expos 2-0.  Pastore allowed six hits while walking two and striking out two.  George Foster went 2 for 4 and drove in both runs.  Charlie Lea (0-5) was the tough luck loser going seven innings and allowing two runs for Montreal.

September 2, 1981:  Tom Seaver (9-7) continued the standout effort of the Cincinnati starters throwing a five hit shutout as the Reds sweep the series with a 5-0 win.  Seaver allowed only one walk and struck out seven.  Foster hit two solo homers, his 22 and 23 of the season and Ronnie Oester added his third of the year.  Veteran Stan Bahnsen saw his record drop to 2-2.  

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