After losing four in a row, the SAN FRANCISCO lead had shrunk to 2� games. Then John Cumberland pitched the team's first complete-game victory in a month and, with a series win over the Dodgers, the Giants popped right back to seven in front again. LOS ANGELES hired a venerable secret weapon, 47-year-old knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm and sent him to Spokane to get his flutters set for the stretch run. HOUSTON won six in a row, then lost five in a row. Apparently with the Astros, pride goeth before a fall. The last win in the streak was an 18-4 rout of the Giants, a club scoring record. A 20-year-old ATLANTA shortstop named Leo Foster played in his first major league game, and he booted a grounder hit by the leadoff batter. In the fifth inning, with two on and one out he bounced into a double play. Then, in the seventh, with the game tied, Foster hit into a line-drive triple play, the first in the league this season. Said Foster of his debut: "It wasn't exactly the way I thought it would be." CINCINNATI broke a seven-game losing streak, beating the Mets 6-4 as Reliever Wayne Granger hit his first major league home run and claimed he called the shot. And what can you say about a 3-year-old baseball team that has won 33 games and lost 57? That it still tries, SAN DIEGO won four in a row, its longest streak of the season.
SF 55-35 LA 49-41 HOUS 43-44 ATL 44-48 CIN 41-51 SD 33-57