As SAN FRANCISCO continued to fritter away big early leads, everybody at home seemed on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The Giant radio announcers ran a contest to name a good-luck charm—a walking toy that, hopefully, would help the team end its slump. And the Chronicle interviewed all sorts of psychologists and astrologists in an attempt to find the cure for the June Swoon. All the Giants needed was a healthy dose of last-place SAN DIEGO. On Friday, Juan Marichal beat the Padres with his first complete game in four starts. And in a doubleheader, after San Diego scored five runs for a 9-5 lead, the Giants came back with five of their own in the ninth for a 10-9 win. San Francisco could not rest easy; LOS ANGELES was on the move. Even with Pitchers Claude Osteen and Bill Singer ailing, the Dodgers won seven of nine to pull within seven games of the lead. One reason for the surge was Pitcher Al Downing, a Yankee castoff who shut out the Mets 2-0 and now is 7-3. Another was Don Sutton, who gave up only one hit—Jimmy Wynn's double—an a 4-0 win over HOUSTON. Slipping ATLANTA came up with a momentary stopper in Phil Niekro, who knuckled his way to a 9-3 victory over CINCINNATI, which is finally beginning to make rumbling noises. First Baseman Lee May, the "Big Bopper" to Red fans, had a fine week: 12 hits, 14 RBIs and five homers. Pitcher Jim McGlothlin beat the Braves in his first complete game since last June 14, and young Don Gullett shut out the Cards 1-0 on four hits. In the eighth he got Matty Alou on strikes, with the tying run on third. "He went after Alou like Patton went through Africa," said Catcher Pat Corrales.
SF 45-25 LA 37-30 HOUS 32-35 CIN 31-37 ATL 31-40 SD 23-45