Undated (AP) _ New York at Pittsburgh (1:35 p.m. EDT) David Cone (14-3) pitches for the Mets against Dave LaPoint. LaPoint is 3-0 since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox for reliever Barry Jones. STATS

Nolan Ryan struck out eight in seven innings as Houston beat St. Louis 10-1 Saturday. It was Ryan's 271st career victory, moving him past Burleigh Grimes into 25th place on the all-time list. Ryan, 10-11, has 204 strikeouts this season and 4,751 in his career. ... Andres Galarraga has struck out 130 times this season, breaking Andre Dawson's club mark of 128 in 1978. ... Mets left fielder Kevin McReynolds is 6-for-10 this season versus Los Angeles' John Tudor and 14-for-36 in his career. ... Oakland is 10-1 in Saturday home games and 18-4 on Saturday overall. STREAKS

Gerald Perry is the first Atlanta Brave since Jeff Burroughs in 1978 to lead the National League in batting entering September. ... Oakland shortstop Walt Weiss has not made an error since the All-Star break, a streak of 43 consecutive games. ... Montreal pitcher Pascual Perez broke an 0-for-41 slump with a single against San Francisco Saturday. SWINGS

Dwight Gooden (16-6) is 7-0 in day games this season. He entered the season with a 20-15 record in day games. SLUMPS

Since Aug. 1, Mets right fielder Darryl Strawberry has only three home runs. STEALS

Vince Coleman of St. Louis has stolen second and third in the same inning 10 times this season. STARTERS

Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets is 8-1 liftetime against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 1.20 ERA. STARTS

Tony Castillo earned his first major-league victory as Toronto beat Texas 7-4 Saturday. The 25-year-old Castillo, making his sixth appearance in the majors, allowed no hits, walked two and struck out one in 2 1-3 innings. STRIKEOUTS

Nolan Ryan has struck out 100 or more hitters 19 straight years and 20 times in his career. Ryan's 270 career wins tie him with Burleigh Grimes for 26th on the all-time win list. Ryan is the all-time strikeout leader for California and Houston with 2,416 and 1,834 respectively. STARS

Cincinnati's Eric Davis and Danny Jackson have been voted NL Player and Pitcher of the Month for August. The Reds' Tom Seaver and George Foster also earned the honors in the same month in 1977. STANDINGS

San Diego beat Philadelphia 5-2 Saturday night and reached the .500 mark for the first time in over two years. The Padres, 67-67 this season, had not been at .500 since July 20, 1986. STATUS

Minnesota catcher Tim Laudner, who has been bothered by a shoulder injury, started Saturday's game against Kansas City. It was his first start in three days. SIDELINED

Los Angeles left fielder Kirk Gibson suffered a buttock muscle strain in the first inning Saturday and is expected to miss three games. SCOUTING

Randell Byers. drove in three runs as Las Vegas (Padres) beat Albuquerque (Dodgers) 10-7 Sunday in a Pacific Coast League game. Byers singled home a run in the second when the Stars scored three unearned runs off starter Steve Crawford. Byers also tripled home two runs in the fifth and singled, stole a base and scored in the seventh. SPEAKING

''We just can't continue to blow games like that. These are games you have to put in the win column. You've got a 4-0 lead, 4-2 into the eighth, and before you know it, you're down 5-4.'' - New York Yankees manager Lou Piniella after Saturday's 5-4 loss to Oakland. SEASONS Sept. 5

1908 - Brooklyn's Nap Rucker pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field. Rucker struck out 14 and walked none. The Dodgers committed three errors.

1918 - Babe Ruth pitched a six-hitter as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in the opening game of the World Series. The Series was started early due to World War I.

1954 - Roswell's Joe Bauman of the Longhorn League hit three home runs to give him 72 for the season. Bauman was considered a defensive liability and never made it to the major leagues.

1955 - Brooklyn pitcher Don Newcombe hit his seventh homer of the season for a National League record for home runs by a pitcher. The Dodgers beat the Phillies 11-4.

1971 - J.R. Richard tied Karl Spooner's major league record by striking out 15 in his first major league game as the Houton Astros beat the San Francisco Giants.

1976 - Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds knocked in his 100th run in a 6-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves to become the first second baseman to drive in 100 runs since Bobby Doerr of the Boston Red Sox did it in 1950.

1982 - Roy Smalley of New York hit a pair of three-run homers, one from each side of the plate as the Yankees pounded the Kansas City Royals 18-7.

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