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Willie Davis and Wills Shine as Dodgers Whip Braves in L.A.

Sept. 1, 1962 - Maury Wills (pictured) and Jim Gilliam pulled a double steal, then scored the deciding runs on a single by Willie Davis in the seventh inning today as the Dodgers defeated the Braves, 5-3, in Los Angeles. The victory put the league-leading Dodgers three-and-a-half games ahead of the second-place Giants, who were beaten today by the Reds. Johnny Podres, who struck out 11 before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh, picked up his 12th victory in 22 decisions. Frank Howard of the Dodgers slammed his 23rd homer with the bases empty in the eighth. Wills’ steal was his 74th of the season. He is now six short of the National League record, set in 1911 by Bob Bescher of Cincinnati.

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