For the sixth consecutive season, Robin Roberts is a 20-game winner when he beats Don Newcombe and the first-place Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium, 3-2. The 28-year-old Phillies' right-hander, who will compile a 138-78 (.639) record and a 2.93 ERA during the span), finishes the season with a 23-14 record.
Pitching a perfect bottom of the ninth inning, John Smoltz establishes the franchise record with his 142nd save in a Braves uniform. The right-handed reliever surpasses Gene Garber as Atlanta beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles, 6-5.
The Dodgers reacquired Greg Maddux (6-9, 3.99) from the Padres for cash and two minor leaguers to be named or an additional monetary sum. The 42-year-old future Hall of Fame right-hander, obtained to help the club down the stretch run, played in LA for part of the 2006 season, winning six of nine decisions.