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Sunday July 12, 1970
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MLB standings at the end of July 12, 1970

A.L. East
Baltimore Orioles 87 54 33 0 .621 432341 31-1523-186-4Won 1
Detroit Tigers 85 47 38 0 .5536.0 384368 29-1718-216-4Lost 1
New York Yankees 86 46 39 1 .5417.0 380357 24-1422-253-7Lost 1
Boston Red Sox 85 44 41 0 .5189.0 383378 29-1415-275-5Won 2
Washington Senators 88 40 48 0 .45514.5 370398 23-2117-275-5Won 1
Cleveland Indians 86 38 48 0 .44215.5 330369 20-2118-275-5Lost 2

A.L. West
Minnesota Twins 82 54 28 0 .659 421303 25-1129-177-3Lost 1
California Angels 86 51 35 0 .5935.0 350308 29-1822-176-4Won 1
Oakland A's 87 47 40 0 .5409.5 387331 25-2022-203-7Lost 1
Kansas City Royals 85 33 52 0 .38822.5 332394 18-2515-276-4Lost 1
Milwaukee Brewers 90 32 57 1 .36025.5 353457 21-2711-306-4Won 1
Chicago White Sox 89 31 58 0 .34826.5 341459 14-2617-323-7Won 1

N.L. East
Pittsburgh Pirates 89 50 39 0 .562 383368 26-1624-238-2Won 4
New York Mets 86 47 39 0 .5471.5 391326 24-2023-197-3Lost 3
Chicago Cubs 85 43 42 0 .5065.0 426381 28-2115-217-3Won 1
St. Louis Cardinals 86 39 47 0 .4539.5 386387 19-2120-262-8Lost 7
Philadelphia Phillies 85 36 49 0 .42412.0 282389 17-2319-263-7Lost 1
Montreal Expos 88 37 51 0 .42012.5 359455 18-2219-294-6Won 3

N.L. West
Cincinnati Reds 88 62 26 0 .705 437344 35-1227-147-3Won 3
Los Angeles Dodgers 86 51 35 0 .59310.0 405312 21-2030-157-3Lost 2
Atlanta Braves 86 42 44 0 .48819.0 406411 24-2218-223-7Lost 3
San Francisco Giants 85 41 44 0 .48219.5 463492 23-2118-234-6Lost 2
Houston Astros 88 37 51 0 .42025.0 395423 23-2214-294-6Won 2
San Diego Padres 90 36 54 0 .40027.0 380425 17-2619-285-5Won 2

Today's scores and summaries:

Angels 6, Twins 2 at California (day game):
Ken McMullen and Jim Fregosi batted in two runs apiece to escort the Angels to a 6-2 victory over the Twins, whose lead in the Western division was cut to five games over the California crew. Harmon Killebrew accounted for the Twins' tallies with a homer in the first inning, but the Angels kayoed Jim Perry in the fourth and took the lead with four runs. A triple by Roger Repoz, single by Fregosi, walk and single by Jim Spencer produced the first two runs before McMullen batted in two more with a double. Sandy Alomar walked, Fregosi tripled and Alex Johnson singled for the final pair in the fifth.

[DH] Red Sox 6, Indians 2 (day game) / Red Sox 8, Indians 2 at Cleveland (day game):
Five homers powered the Red Sox to 6-2 and 8-2 victories in a sweep of a doubleheader with the Indians. After the Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the opener on two hits, two passed balls and two walks, Tony Conigliaro homered with a man in base in the fifth. Ray Culp squeezed another run home in the sixth and Rico Petrocelli hit for the circuit in the eighth. Duke Sims and Tony Horton rapped back-to-hack homers for the Indians' runs in the sixth. The nightcap was marked by a rhubarb in the first inning when Tony Conigliaro was hit on the left arm by a pitch and charged the mound to tangle with Frank Lasher. Conigliaro was thumbed from the game. Billy Conigliaro and Tom Satriano hit consecutive homers for the Red Sox in second inning and John Kennedy connected with a man on base in the third. Ted Uhlaender homered for the Indians.

[DH] Tigers 7, Orioles 3 (day game) / Orioles 13, Tigers 3 at Detroit (day game):
The Orioles went into the All-Star break with a six-game lead in the Eastern division after splitting a doubleheader with the second-place Tigers. Mickey Lolich won the opener for the Tigers, 7-3, with the aid of homers by Bill Freehan, Al Kaline and Mickey Stanley, but the Orioles kayoed Denny McLain in the nightcap and gained a 13-3 victory. The Tigers tied the major league record for most sacrifice bunts in one inning, 3, in the second stanza of the lidlifter. After Don Wert doubled, Ike Brown bunted the runner to third. Cesar Gutierrez followed with a squeeze and was safe when Boog Powell dropped the throw to first. Lolich followed with a third consecutive bunt and also was safe when Andy Etchebarren lobbed the ball over Powell's head. McLain was tagged for two-run homers by Powell in the first inning of the nightcap and by Elrod Hendricks in the fourth inning before being kayoed in the sixth when the Orioles exploded for seven runs. Merv Rettenmund accounted for the Orioles' last two tallies with a homer in the eighth.

White Sox 10, Royals 5 at Kansas City (day game):
After three straight losses to the Royals, the White Sox salvaged the finale of the series with a 10-5 victory. Bob Oliver homered with two men on base in the third inning to give the Royals a 3-2 lead, but the White Sox broke away with eight runs in the last three innings. Ken Berry batted in four runs with a pair of doubles.

[DH] A's 4, Brewers 3 (day game) / Brewers 2, A's 1 at Oakland (day game):
Lew Krausse pitched a six-hitter and beat his former teammates, 2-1, to give the Brewers a split of a doubleheader with the Athletics, who won the first game, 4-3. Jerry McNertney homered with a man on base in the seventh inning of the lidlifter and Dave May hit for the circuit in the ninth to account for the Brewers' runs. After the Brewers took a 3-2 lead on May's wallop, Don Mincher tied the score in the A's half with his second homer of the game. Rick Monday then walked and stole second, leading to an intentional pass to Frank Fernandez. With two out, John Donaldson singled to drive in the winning run. Bert Campaneris homered for the Athletics in the first inning of the nightcap, but the Brewers won the game for Krausse with two runs in the fourth on a circuit clout by Tommy Harper, singles by Russ Snyder and May, fly by Bob Burda and grounder by Tito Francona.

Senators 7, Yankees 3 at Washington (day game):
The Senators jumped on Mel Stottlemyre for four runs in the first inning and gained a 7-3 victory, handing the Yankees their eighth defeat in the last 11 games. Ed Brinkman doubled and Frank Howard singled to start the Nats' attack. After Rick Reichardt was hit by a pitch, Bernie Allen singled to plate Howard. A pass to Aurelio Rodriguez loaded the bases and Del Unser followed with a two-run single. Stottlemyre was charged with another run in the second before departing. Paul Casanova homered in the fifth and Brinkman's fourth hit of the game set up the Senators' final markers in the eighth. Ron Hansen hit a two-run homer for the Yankees.

Reds 6, Braves 5 at Atlanta (day game):
The Reds went into the All-Star interlude with a Western division lead of 10 games over the second-place Dodgers after beating the Braves. 6-5. The third-place Braves were 19 games off the pace. The Reds fell behind, 3-2, in the second inning, but went ahead in the fifth when Johnny Bench batted in two runs with a bases-loaded single. However, in the Braves' half, Tony Gonzalez homered with a man on base. Tony Perez singled for the Reds in the eighth and Lee May hit for the circuit, enabling Ray Washburn in relief to receive credit for his first victory of the season.

Cubs 10, Phillies 2 at Chicago (day game):
Kem Holtzman, who had not been a winner since June 17, ended his personal four-game losing streak by pitching the Cubs to a 10-2 victory over the Phillies. Jim Hickman batted in four runs with a sacrifice fly and two singles, while Johnny Callison contributed four hits to the Cubs' attack. Rick Wise homered for one of the Phillies' runs.

Astros 8, Giants 7 at Houston (day game):
The Astros were unable to hold a 5-0 lead, but rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to beat the Giants, 8-7. Willie Mays collected two hits for the Giants to bring his career total to 2,998. After picking up a run in the sixth, the Giants went ahead with a five-run outburst in the eighth, featuring a homer by Ron Hunt and two-run single by pinch-hitter Dick Dietz. Singles by Hunt and Mays, together with a sacrifice fly by Jim Ray Hart, added to the Giants' lead in the ninth. The Astros' comeback began with a double by Jesus Alou, a wild pitch, a pass to Joe Morgan and singles by Jim Wynn and Bob Watson, tying the score. After an intentional pass to Denis Menke, Doug Rader singled to drive in the winning run.

Expos 5, Mets 3 at New York (day game):
An error by Ray Sadecki, together with two wild pitches, enabled the Expos to score two runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Mets, 5-3. The victory was the expansion club's eighth in 12 games with the defending world champions this season. Steve Renko, who started for the Expos, faded in the heat and lost a 3-2 lead when the Mets scored twice in the seventh inning on passes to Donn Clendenon and Ken Boswell, a single by Jerry Grote and walks to Tommie Agee and Bud Harrelson. However, Bob Bailey homered to tie the score in the eighth and the Expos added their winning margin with two out in the ninth. Gary Sutherland singled, took second on a wild pitch and reached third when Sadecki booted a grounder by Adolfo Phillips. After Sutherland scored on another wild pitch, Rusty Staub singled to drive in Phillips.

Padres 4, Dodgers 1 at San Diego (day game):
After dropping a fly ball that led to the Dodgers' run in the first inning, Ollie Brown made amends with four hits, including a two-run homer, to lead the Padres to a 4-1 victory. Clay Kirby was the winner on a three-hitter. Brown's homer in the seventh inning was the Padres' 100th of season, one more than the expansion club collected in 162 games last year.

Pirates 7, Cardinals 6 at St. Louis (day game):
Triggered by Al Oliver, who hit a homer, the Pirates scored three runs in the 10th inning and then staved off a rally by the Cardinals to emerge with a 7-6 victory to increase their Eastern division lead over the Mets to 1½ games. The defeat was the seventh in succession for the Cardinals. After Oliver broke a 4-4 tie with his homer, a triple by Manny Sanguillen, intentional pass to Gene Alley and singles by Johnny Jeter and Matty Alou added two runs. Dave Giusti was credited with his seventh straight victory in relief and second in successive games against his former Cardinal teammates, but the Pirates had to call on both Bob Veale and Bruce Dal Canton before putting the game away. Dal Canton retired Dick Allen on a grounder with two men on base for the final out.

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