The all-mighty Dodgers, who would roll to victory in the National League West behind Darryl Strawberry and Brett Butler, are missing.
Instead, Los Angeles has lost three in a row and dropped 2 1/2 games back following Sunday's 5-3 loss to San Diego, which completed a three-game sweep.Mike Morgan (0-1) gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, but the runs were unearned as the Dodgers made four errors.
"I gave it my best," Morgan said. "When you give teams four and five outs in an inning, I don't care if you're Cy Young, you're bound to make a mistake. And a good hitter is going to take advantage of it."
Ed Whitson (1-0) allowed three hits in six innings, walked none and struck out four, retiring his final 17 batters. He fell behind 2-0 in the first on Juan Samuel's two-run homer.
"I got my feet on the ground after the first inning, and I knew I had pretty good stuff after that," Whitson said. "When I was warming up in the bullpen and even in the first inning, I didn't feel like I had good stuff. But after that, I settled down and started pitching my game. I started spotting the fastball and throwing that palm ball over, and that really helped."
Pat Clements pitched 1 2/3 innings and Craig Lefferts finished the five-hitter for his second save.
In other games, Atlanta beat Cincinnati 12-1, New York beat Montreal 7-1, Houston beat San Francisco 7-2, Chicago beat Pittsburgh 6-4 and St. Louis beat Philadelphia 11-7.
Stan Javier, playing first for the injured Eddie Murray, dropped shortstop Alfedo Griffin's throw in the second inning as Benito Santiago scored from third and pulled the Padres to 2-1.
San Diego went ahead with two runs in the seventh. Garry Templeton reached on Javier's second error at first base, Shawn Abner reached on a fielder's choice and Morgan's errant pickoff attempt sent Abner to third.
Tony Fernandez followed with a game-tying single and Bip Roberts doubled off the glove of Kal Daniels as the left fielder attempted an over-the-shoulder catch on the run.
Braves 12, Reds 1
Tom Glavine beat Cincinnati for the ninth time in 11 career decisions and Rafael Belliard had three hits and drove in three runs for the visiting Braves, who sent the Reds to their third straight loss.
Glavine (1-0) allowed five hits in six innings, walked two and struck out six.
Greg Olson also had three hits for the Braves, who had 16 hits off four pitchers. Tom Browning (1-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings.
Mets 7, Expos 1
Hubie Brooks and Rick Cerone hit two-run singles in the first inning and Frank Viola (1-0) pitched a five-hitter at Shea Stadium.
The Mets drew seven more walks, including Brooks and pinch-hitter Dave Magadan with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. In seven games, the Mets have walked 55 times, twice any other team's total in the majors.
Kevin Elster, making his first start since Aug. 3, 1990, hit a solo home run in the eighth, his third hit of the game.
Chris Nabholz (0-1) allowed eight hits and six runs in six innings.
Astros 7, Giants 2
Ken Caminiti hit a three-run homer and Jimmy Jones (1-0) allowed five hits in 71/3 innings and struck out six. Craig Biggio matched a career high with four hits.
The visiting Giants, who got 19 hits in a 16-2 victory Saturday night, didn't get their first hit until the fourth inning and didn't score until the eighth.
John Burkett (0-1) gave up six hits and four runs in four innings.
Cubs 6, Pirates 4
Stan Belinda (0-1) walked Chico Walker to load the bases in the eighth inning and walked Doug Dascenzo to force home the go-ahead run at Wrigley Field. Mark Grace followed with an RBI groundout.
Heath Slocumb (1-0) pitched 11/3 hitless innings for his first career victory and Dave Smith pitched the ninth inning for his second save.
Cardinals 11, Phillies 7
Felix Jose drove in four runs with a homer and a bases-loaded double for the visiting Cardinals.
Bryn Smith (2-0) allowed six hits and six runs in seven innings, but two of the runs were unearned because of errors. Lee Smith, who has saved the Cardinals' three victories, pitched 11/3 innings.
Dave LaPoint made his first start for the Phillies and allowed six runs and five hits and walked three in 11/3 innings.