Rico Carty of ATLANTA is apparently in his team's doghouse. He first upset Brave officials by failing to show up for an exhibition in Columbus, Ga. Then he and Pitcher Ron Reed got into a fight when Carty apparently removed two Little League bats from Reed's locker.
After finally moving up to .500 in the standings during a road trip, SAN FRANCISCO returned to Candlestick Park and 7,086 fans and knocked off the Cubs 5-1. Earlier, Juan Marichal (8-9) topped Pittsburgh 7-4. Although he gave up 13 hits and struck out only three, Marichal called the game his best performance of the season. "I wish next year was now," he said. So, probably, does HOUSTON'S Don Wilson. The winner of 16 games last season, Wilson beat the Phillies 9-1 for only his sixth triumph. Said Wilson: "There's got to be something to that talk of a livelier ball. Then there's the smaller strike zone and most important the lowering of the mound." Ed Spiezio returned to the SAN DIEGO starting lineup and promptly went wild: a three-run homer to top the Pirates, a grand slam to help beat the Cubs and his team's only two hits in a game against the Cardinals' Gibson.
CINN 84-45 LA 70-54 SF 63-62 ATL 62-63 HOUS 56-70 SD 48-79