CINCINNATI (4-2) and LOS ANGELES (4-4) came to the All-Star break virtually tied for first place. The Reds and Dodgers scored 21 runs apiece in their three-game series, but the Reds won twice and knocked the Dodgers out of the lead for the first time since May 4. Cincinnati Shortstop Leo Cardenas settled the rubber game with a home run in the bottom of the ninth. The Reds, who hit .321 for the week, tagged Dodger stars Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax for 19 hits and 11 runs in 11 innings. All-Star Second Baseman Pete Rose was picked up by police at 4:30 a.m. after going through a red light and driving without a license. He was fined $13.50 by the court and a reported $250 by Manager Dick Sisler. The Dodgers' Maury Wills continued to drive the opposition crazy with his alert base running. Against Cincinnati, he doubled but remained safely at second on a fly to right because, as he told Pete Rose, "I can steal third." Sure enough, he promptly stole third and subsequently scored on a passed ball. Against Pittsburgh, Maury singled, then scrambled headlong back to first base on three straight pickoff throws from Pitcher Don Cardwell. Seconds later he scored all the way from first on Jim Gilliam's hit after he decoyed Willie Stargell into throwing behind him to second base. PHILADELPHIA (5-3) pulled closer to the top as Jim Bunning pitched two five-hit victories and Chris Short won his sixth straight on Clay Dalrymple's home run. Richie Allen silenced the jeers with a grand-slam homer to beat SAN FRANCISCO (3-4). Jack Sanford started successive games for the Giants, lasted a total of 3‚Öì innings and lost twice. Roberto Clemente of PITTSBURGH (3-6) rodea 20-game hitting streak to a .338 average and, momentarily, the league lead. "Clemente and Ted Williams are the only batters I've seen who get good wood on the ball every time," said Pirate Coach Johnny Pesky. Hank Aaron hit four home runs for MILWAUKEE (3-3), but only Ken Johnson—two victories—pitched well. Hal Woodeschick and rookie Don Dennis stabilized the ST. LOUIS (3-4) bullpen, and Bill White returned from a heel injury, but the Cardinals remained erratic. NEW YORK (2-3) had a 9-1 record for Monday games after Ron Swoboda's home runs beat CHICAGO (4-3) in a doubleheader. The Cubs' Bob Buhl demanded to be traded and Ron Santo grumbled when he was dropped from the cleanup spot, but Manager Lou Klein said: "No player on this club runs things or tells me what to do." HOUSTON (3-2), in a three-way fight with the Cubs and Cardinals for seventh place, moved 10½ games ahead of the last-place Mets. The Astros were paced by 21-year-old rookie Second Baseman Joe Morgan, a left-handed hitter who had seven home runs in 10 games. Morgan "tried to go to left field" early in the year and was hitting only .228 on June 11 when he decided to change his approach and pull the ball. He was 35 for 89 after that and raised his average to .274. Last week Morgan went 6 for 6, including two homers, on Thursday, tripled with the bases loaded to beat New York on Friday and hit two more home runs Saturday as the Astros won their ninth game in 10 starts against the Mets. Only 5 feet 7 inches and 150 pounds, Morgan says, "My power is in my wrists. I'm not very strong." Says Manager Luman Harris, "If Morgan doesn't get the Rookie of the Year award, they ought to quit giving it."
Minnesota (7-1) took to a five-game lead behind a nine-game win streak, eight errorless games in a row, strong pitching by Jim Perry and Dave Boswell and timely hitting by Jimmie Hall and Harmon Killebrew. Starting for the first time in 13 months, Perry shut out Boston and stopped New York without an earned run in eight innings. A Minneapolis writer criticized Manager Sam Mele for starting the 20-year-old Boswell in a 17-4 loss to Chicago, saying: "You can't send a boy on a man's errand." Boswell, a first-year player with a 6-4 record and 3.25 ERA, blasted the writer verbally, then whipped Boston and New York in successive starts. Hall was 13 for 30, and Killebrew hit a ninth-inning, two-out, two-run homer to beat New York. Tied for first a week ago, CLEVELAND (2-6) slumped miserably at the plate—scoring only 14 runs in eight games and being shut out three straight games. Pitcher Sam McDowell beat himself twice: once with a wild throw past first base, another time with a wild pitch. Stu Miller of BALTIMORE (6-1) saved three games in relief, while Ron Kline of WASHINGTON (4-3) saved two and won two others. Miller had allowed only three runs in his last 54‚Öî innings. Kline had nine straight scoreless relief appearances, 15 saves and a 4-1 record. Mickey Lolich of DETROIT (5-3) was rapped for 13 hits in 6‚Öì innings while losing to New York on Monday but came back to beat the Yankees on five hits Thursday. "They got all whacked out swinging on me Monday," said Lolich. Don Demeter's major-league record for consecutive errorless games by an outfielder ended at 266. Vic Power of LOS ANGELES (6-2) twice beat Cleveland with two-out singles. Marcelino Lopez (9-7) shut out the Indians on two hits, had won eight of his nine games in Chavez Ravine. CHICAGO (3-4) Manager Al Lopez described everything as "bad," could not understand what had happened to pitching aces Gary Peters and Joe Horlen. Clete Boyer home runs won two games for NEW YORK (3-6), and Whitey Ford won his 10th game before losing to Minnesota. For eight road dates the Yankees attracted 248,757. Vice-President Hubert Humphrey watched BOSTON (1-6) lose, laughed when asked if the Red Sox qualified for the Poverty Program. KANSAS CITY (1-6) ended its losing streak at eight. Old Drum—a German shorthaired pointer—escaped from Finley's Zoo (page 36) in the middle of a game and meddled in a play at second base, but not even Old Drum could help the Athletics.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JOE MORGAN