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Colts Top Giants, Guaranteeing Dodgers at least Tie for Pennant

Sept. 29, 1962 - The Houston Colts beat the San Francisco Giants, 4-2, in the second half of a doubleheader tonight, assuring the pace-setting Los Angeles Dodgers of at least a tie for the National League pennant. Manager Alvin Dark’s Giants had scored an 11-5 victory in the opener. Ex-Dodger Norm Larker (right with Don Buddin), who had been booed vigorously by the Candlestick Park crowd of 26,268 for arguing with an umpire in the first game, put the Colts on top to stay in the finale. He belted a two-run homer off Juan Marichal in the third inning. Larker had been ejected in the ninth inning of the opener by umpire Stan Landes after arguing over a close call at first base. Bob Bruce, a young right-hander, fanned nine and held the Giants to six hits. Jack Sanford labored through 5 and 2/3 innings in the opener to gain his 24th triumph and the Giants’ 100th of the season. Tom Haller, Willie McCovey, and Orlando Cepeda each homered for the Giants in the opener, but only Matty Alou could connect for Dark’s club against Bruce.

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