The Astros were 3-10 in April, on their way to 4-20 for the month. "I'll bet you $100 right now," First Baseman Curt Blefary told Sportswriter Joe Heiling, "$100 that we win the Western Division. Put up your money." "Will you take an IOU?" Heiling asked. "I've only got $40 on me." But Blefary wanted cash on the barrel, so the bet was never made. Heiling was lucky. At the close of last week, Blefary and his teammates were enjoying an eight-game winning streak. Of course, they were still in next-to-last place in the Western Division, but they trailed the first-place Reds by only two games and no fifth-place team had ever been that close to the top in August. The Astros were not only back in contention, they were historic. In the ninth inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Mets, the bases were loaded with one out. Shortstop Denis Menke hit a fastball into the seats. With two outs, the bases were loaded again for Jim Wynn (SI, June 9). Mets Pitcher Ron Taylor threw a slider, low and away, and the Toy Cannon pulled the ball over the left field fence. It was the first time National League teammates had ever slammed in the same inning and Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison of the Twins are still the only American Leaguers to have accomplished the feat. Between games, Wynn remembered that Judge Roy Hofheinz had recently given the infielders wristwatches for establishing a league record with seven double plays. "If he is listening." Outfielder Wynn said, "all I want is a watch like the infielders got." Hofheinz called the locker room saying that two more watches were on the way. Shortstop Menke then made a request: "I've already got a watch for the double plays. If you will, I'd like to have a lady's watch this time for my wife Jean." Then Menke, Wynn and Co. went back out onto the field and scored 10 runs in the third inning. After the game, Blefary saw Heiling and grinned.