Whille Mays was exhausted, Willie McCovey was limping, Chris Speier had spasms in his back and Dick Dietz had high blood pressure, so SAN FRANCISCO Manager Charlie Fox, alias Marcus Welby M.D., bravely started a lineup that included such names as Ed Goodson, Floyd Wicker, Frank Duffy and Fran Healy. "Can you win the pennant with this lineup?" someone asked Fox. "We may win them all," he said. The scrubs went against Bob Gibson in their first game and lost 7-2. San Francisco was 13-15 during the month, LOS ANGELES, now only 5� games behind, was 17-11. The Dodgers continued to get excellent pitching from Al Downing, who beat the Padres for his 10th victory, and Don Sutton, who won his seventh game in eight starts. "I've never pitched better," said Sutton, who only a month ago discussed retirement. HOUSTON had an off day, so Pitcher Larry Dierker played golf and on a 185-yard hole he hit a six-iron into the cup for his first ace. Buoyed, Dierker finally won his 11th game after four attempts, a six-hitter over CINCINNATI. The Reds, meanwhile, tried picking an All-Star team. First Baseman Lee May received 26 of a possible 27 votes; Catcher Johnny Bench barely edged out Manny Sanguillen of the Pirates, and neither Tony Perez nor Pete Rose got a vote for his position. What a difference a year makes. ATLANTA Shortstop Zoilo Versalles expected that passport problems would not permit him to accompany the Braves to Montreal, so he made plans to visit his family in Minnesota. Then Traveling Secretary Donald Davidson called Expos General Manager Jim Fanning, who somehow wrangled the right papers. The grateful Versalles thanked Fanning by doubling home the winning runs one night. Nate Colbert hit his 16th and 17th home runs, and both Clay Kirby and Steve Arlin pitched complete-game victories as SAN DIEGO won two of three from the Giants.
SF 52-30 LA 46-35 HOUS 39-39 ATL 41-45 CIN 37-46 SD 28-54