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Sunday August 16, 1970
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MLB standings at the end of August 16, 1970

A.L. East
Baltimore Orioles 119 75 44 0 .630 589456 38-1837-266-4Won 2
New York Yankees 119 66 52 1 .5598.5 520479 37-2229-307-3Won 4
Detroit Tigers 119 63 56 0 .52912.0 526513 34-2529-314-6Won 2
Boston Red Sox 117 60 57 0 .51314.0 548532 40-2220-356-4Lost 1
Cleveland Indians 119 57 62 0 .47918.0 477499 30-2727-354-6Lost 2
Washington Senators 119 57 62 0 .47918.0 474502 34-2823-347-3Won 6

A.L. West
Minnesota Twins 117 70 47 0 .598 556450 35-2035-271-9Won 1
Oakland A's 120 67 53 0 .5584.5 507434 37-2630-276-4Lost 2
California Angels 119 66 53 0 .5555.0 480456 33-2933-245-5Lost 2
Milwaukee Brewers 121 46 74 1 .38325.5 469592 30-3316-416-4Won 4
Kansas City Royals 119 44 75 0 .37027.0 454541 22-3622-394-6Lost 3
Chicago White Sox 122 43 79 0 .35229.5 467613 21-3722-422-8Lost 4

N.L. East
Pittsburgh Pirates 121 67 54 0 .554 556514 39-2528-295-5Lost 1
New York Mets 119 63 56 0 .5293.0 509457 31-2532-315-5Won 1
Chicago Cubs 121 62 59 0 .5125.0 607530 38-2724-325-5Won 2
St. Louis Cardinals 120 56 64 0 .46710.5 561557 28-3428-305-5Lost 3
Philadelphia Phillies 118 54 64 0 .45811.5 428537 26-3028-345-5Lost 2
Montreal Expos 121 51 70 0 .42116.0 522628 26-3025-403-7Won 1

N.L. West
Cincinnati Reds 122 81 41 0 .664 597504 46-1835-236-4Won 2
Los Angeles Dodgers 118 67 51 0 .56812.0 576480 28-2939-226-4Lost 2
San Francisco Giants 119 59 60 0 .49620.5 635656 30-2729-336-4Won 3
Atlanta Braves 120 59 61 0 .49221.0 566578 33-2926-326-4Lost 1
Houston Astros 120 54 66 0 .45026.0 539585 31-3223-345-5Lost 1
San Diego Padres 121 47 74 0 .38833.5 523593 23-3524-394-6Won 1

Today's scores and summaries:

Twins 9, Red Sox 6 at Boston (day game):
With the power of four homers, the Twins snapped a nine-game losing streak by defeating the Red Sox, 9-6. Tony Oliva doubled to drive in two runs for the Twins in the first inning before the homers began with a smash by Brant Alyea to tie the score at 3-3 in the fourth. Bob Allison walked and George Mitterwald also hit for the circuit. Harmon Killebrew added a round-tripper in the seventh and Cesar Tovar provided the winning margin by connecting with two men on base in the eighth. The Red Sox had solo swats by Reggie Smith, Tony Conigliaro and Jerry Moses.

Tigers 7, Angels 1 at California (day game):
Staked to a four-run lead in the first inning, Les Cain pitched the Tigers to a 7-1 victory over the Angels. Mickey Stanley led off with a single and Ike Brown, who made one of his infrequent starts at second base, followed with a homer. Al Kaline was retired, but Bill Freehan doubled and scored on a single by Jim Northrup. A two-out single by Elliott Maddox counted Northrup with the fourth run.

Brewers 4, Indians 3 at Milwaukee (day game):
Playing before 44,387, Milwaukee's largest crowd of the season, the Brewers rallied for three runs in the eighth inning on a bases-loaded double by Danny Walton and scored again in the ninth to beat the Indians, 4-3. In the eighth, singles by Ted Kubiak and Tommy Harper and a pass to Mike Hegan loaded the bases. Dave May forced Kubiak at the plate before Walton came through with his double. Roberto Pena and Jerry McNertney walked in the ninth. Kubiak sacrificed and Gus Gil singled to drive in the winning run.

Yankees 5, Royals 1 at New York (day game):
The Yankees beat the the Royals for the ninth consecutive time this season, posting a 5-1 victory behind the six-hit hurling of Stan Bahnsen. The Yankees decided the outcome early in the game, scoring three runs in the second inning. Bobby Murcer singled, John Ellis doubled and Ron Woods hit a sacrifice fly for the first counter. Gene Michael singled home another run and, after a bunt by Bahnsen, Horace Clarke added a tally with a single.

Orioles 2, A's 1 at Oakland (day game):
Dave McNally became the season's first 18-game winner, pitching the Orioles to a 2-1 victory over the Athletics in a six-hit duel with Catfish Hunter. The A's counted their run in the first inning when Bert Campaneris singled, took second on a sacrifice, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Davis. Don Buford doubled and Boog Powell singled for the tying run in the third and Chico Salmon hit a homer in the fifth for the winning marker.

Senators 2, White Sox 1 at Washington (day game):
A pinch-single by Del Unser plated a run in the eighth inning to enable the Senators to extend their winning streak to six games with a 2-1 victory over the White Sox. Ed Stroud homered in the first for the Senators. Ed Herrmann tied the score with a circuit clout in the fifth. Ed Brinkman singled in the eighth, took third on a single by Jim French and scored on Unser's hit.

Mets 2, Braves 1 at Atlanta (day game):
Cleon Jones, who singled when the Mets scored their first run in the fourth inning, smashed a homer in the sixth to beat the Braves, 2-1. Art Shamsky doubled in the fourth, took third on Jones' hit and crossed the plate on a single by Ken Boswell. The Braves, who were held to five hits by Jim McAndrew, picked up their run on an unusual play after Sonny Jackson singled and advanced to third on a single by Orlando Cepeda. Rico Carty lined to Boswell. Jackson tagged up and raced home before Boswell could complete the double play on Cepeda with a throw to Donn Clendenon at first base.

Cubs 5, Dodgers 2 at Chicago (day game):
Billy Williams hit a double and single to spark the scoring by the Cubs in a 5-2 victory over the Dodgers. Bill Hands gave up the Dodgers' tallies in the third, one on a homer by Willie Crawford. Williams doubled in the fourth, Ron Santo walked and the tying runs followed on singles by Randy Hundley and Johnny Callison. With two out in the fifth, Williams singled and the Cubs went on to score twice on singles by Jim Hickman, Santo and Hundley. A sacrifice fly by Glenn Beckert with the bases loaded in the sixth accounted for the final tally.

Reds 4, Phillies 2 at Cincinnati (day game):
Johnny Bench batted in three runs and Tony Cloninger added a homer in his own behalf while pitching the Reds to a 4-2 victory over the Phillies with the relief assistance of Wayne Granger. Bench accounted for his first RBI with an infield out in the first and batted in another run with a single in the third to the tie score at 2-2. Bobby Tolan tripled and Bench doubled to break the tie in the fifth and Cloninger then added to his lead with his circuit clout in the sixth.

Expos 5, Astros 3 at Houston (day game):
Bob Bailey smashed the longest homer in the history of the Astrodome to bring the Expos a 5-3 victory over the Astros. With the score tied, 3-3, Rusty Staub walked in the ninth inning before Bailey teed off on a fastball by Denny Lemaster and drove the ball an estimated 420 feet to a walkway behind the fourth row in the yellow section of seats in left field, 80 feet above playing level. Jim Gosger accounted for the Expos' first three runs with a bases-loaded double in the third.

Padres 8, Pirates 6 at Pittsburgh (day game):
Ed Spiezio smashed a three-run homer in the eighth inning to carry the Padres to an 8-6 victory over the Pirates. Al Ferrara opened the frame with a single and pinch-runner Larry Stahl advanced on a sacrifice. The Pirates then passed Nate Colbert intentionally, hoping to set up a double play, but Spiezio wrecked move with his homer. In the first inning, when the Padres scored their first five runs, the Pirates also passed Colbert intentionally to get at Spiezio, who drove in a run with a single.

Giants 5, Cardinals 2 at St. Louis (day game):
Ron Bryant, who spent the early part of the season in the Giants' bullpen, made his fifth start and gained his first victory since May 30 by defeating the Cardinals, 5-2. The lefthander gave up the Cards' runs in the first inning and then breezed until the eighth when Jerry Johnson took over to stifle a Redbird threat. Hal Lanier batted in two runs with a pair of singles for the Giants, who also picked up an unearned marker in going ahead, 3-2. The clinching pair scored in the seventh on a single by Willie McCovey, triple by Ken Henderson and sacrifice fly by Jim Ray Hart.

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