For one inning, after hitting his 21st, 22nd and 23rd home runs in successive games, Johnny Bench of CINCINNATI was tied with teammate Tony Perez for the league home-run title. Then Perez hit another one. Sunday Bench tied him again. ATLANTA won five of seven, including Larry Jaster's first victory as a Brave. Jaster took the opportunity to knock Gene Mauch for not giving him "a fair chance" last year with the Expos. The next night in Montreal Jaster was roundly booed, and with the Braves leading 7-5 he gave up a walk to load the bases, another walk to force in a run, and then a grandslam homer. "We felt Jaster should have his chance," said Mauch. "He got it." For LOS ANGELES, Bill Singer pitched five good innings against the Reds in his second start since hepatitis hit him. "I was happy," said Singer. "My breaking ball broke whereas last time it didn't." A press notice suggesting that the impact of SAN FRANCISCO Catcher Dick Dietz's fine hitting was to a considerable extent offset by the plenitude of his passed balls elicited tributes to Dietz's defensive work from Giant pitchers. SAN DIEGO left the cellar for the first time in eight weeks. HOUSTON outfielder Norm Miller, in the midst of his best year personally, said, "I got a hit in the ninth and then stole second, and I'm the tying run. But suddenly the game is over. I was glad for what I had done, but in the clubhouse it was just.... You know, we'd lost the game and so there wasn't anything there."
CINN 47-20 ATL 36-28 LA 37-30 SF 31-35 SD 30-41 HOUS 28-40