On May 27, 1980, the Reds took advantage of consecutive home runs from Ken Griffey Sr., George Foster, and Dan Driessen in the third inning off Don Sutton to beat the Dodgers in Riverfront Stadium, 6-1.

The win over the Dodgers moved the Reds into a virtual second place tie with the Houston Astros, two games behind the Dodgers in the National League Western Division.

After striking out the first two hitters in the bottom of the third, Sutton walked both Dave Collins and Dave Concepcion before giving up the consecutive home runs, giving the Reds a 5-0 lead. Starting pitcher Mike LaCoss pitched a complete game victory for the Reds.

The Reds finished third for the season, 3.5 games behind the first place Houston Astros, and 2.5 games behind second place Dodgers. Foster led the Reds in 1980 with 25 home runs. Both Foster and Griffey played one more season for the Reds. Driessen played with the Reds until mid-way through the 1984 season.