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Giants Top Dodgers, 5-4, on McCovey’s Blast as Pierce Notches 200th Win

Aug. 11, 1962 - Billy Pierce scored the 200th victory of his major league career today, thanks to a 3-run pinch-homer by Willie McCovey that gave the Giants a 5-4 decision over the league-leading Dodgers. But in winning, the Giants received a blow to their pennant hopes when X-rays disclosed that their third baseman, Jim Davenport, had suffered a fractured left hand during the game. He may be out for the rest of the season. Davenport, who was hitting .313 at game time, left the contest in the sixth inning after being struck in the hand by one of Don Drysdale’s pitches. Dr. E.C. Sailer said that Davenport had broken the fifth metacarpal. “He can’t play and will be out from four to six weeks,” Dr. Sailer said. Manager Alvin Dark of the Giants said he would switch Harvey Kuenn from left field to third base for the time being. The triumph by the Giants was their second straight and moved them to within 3 and 1/2 games of Los Angeles. McCovey’s homer, his 15th, ended an 11-game win streak for Drysdale, who was going after his 22nd victory and absorbed his 5th defeat instead.

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