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This Day in Dodger History

October 17, 1981

Steve Garvey

A prolonged offensive slump finally comes to an end for the Dodgers, who generate just enough firepower for a season-saving 7-1 victory over the Montreal Expos in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Olympic Stadium. The Dodger victory evens the best-of-five series at two games apiece.

After having scored just two runs in their previous 25 innings, the Dodgers tally six in the final two frames to turn back the Expos, who were just a victory away from advancing to the World Series.

Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey keys L.A.’s offensive rebirth with a two-run home run with one out in the eighth inning off Montreal’s Bill Gullickson. The Dodgers put an exclamation point on the victory by scoring four more runs, two on Dusty Baker’s single and one each on hits by Ron Cey and Reggie Smith.

Right-hander Burt Hooton, who had come up big in two previous 1981 postseason games, was sharp yet again. He limited the Expos to just six hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings for his third victory in the playoffs. To that point in the postseason, Hooton had given up just one earned run in 21 1/3 innings of work.

The Dodger victory sets the stage for a Game 5 showdown, with the winner advancing to the World Series.