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Giants Halt Skid, Top Cubs, 7-2, in Second Game of Doubleheader

July 8, 1964 - Willie Mays slammed a three-run homer as the San Francisco Giants ended their longest losing streak of the season by defeating the Chicago Cubs, 7-2, in the second game of a doubleheader called after seven innings because of darkness.

The Cubs won the opener, 2-0, on Bob Buhl’s four-hit pitching before the largest crowd of the season at Wrigley Field, 30,156.

The split kept the second-place Giants 1½ games back of the National League-leading Philadelphia Phillies, whose game with St. Louis was rained out.

Mays’ homer in the second inning of the second game gave him a league-leading total of 24 homers and 58 RBI’s.

Overcast skies hastened dusk at Wrigley, which does not have lights for play after dark. The Giants had struck for five runs and six hits in the first two innings against Ernie Broglio. Ron Herbel, who has a 7-4 record, got the victory. Broglio, obtained by Chicago in a multi-player deal that sent Lou Brock to St. Louis, is 3-9.

In the opener, Buhl benefited from a 10-hit Cub attack that included a homer, double, and single by Billy Williams, who had been in a prolonged slump. The Cubs scored a run off Bob Hendley in the first on Joey Amalfitano’s double, a sacrifice, and Ron Santo’s single.

Buhl also was helped by shoddy San Francisco baserunning.

Willie McCovey was picked off second by Buhl after getting the second of three Giant walks in the inning.

Chuck Hiller was picked off first by Buhl after hitting a single with two out in the third.

José Pagan, after doubling to open the fifth, was caught trying to make third on Del Crandall’s bounder to short.


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