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Saturday September 12, 1970
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MLB standings at the end of September 12, 1970

A.L. East
Baltimore Orioles 145 94 51 0 .648 704528 49-2145-308-2Won 5
New York Yankees 146 81 64 1 .55913.0 610562 45-2536-395-5Lost 4
Boston Red Sox 145 75 70 0 .51719.0 702662 46-2729-435-5Lost 2
Detroit Tigers 145 75 70 0 .51719.0 623647 40-3435-364-6Won 1
Cleveland Indians 146 70 76 0 .47924.5 596611 40-3430-424-6Won 3
Washington Senators 144 67 77 0 .46526.5 580609 38-3629-413-7Lost 1

A.L. West
Minnesota Twins 144 87 57 0 .604 664531 46-2641-318-2Lost 1
Oakland A's 145 80 65 0 .5527.5 610528 44-2836-377-3Won 2
California Angels 144 76 68 0 .52811.0 557566 37-3639-321-9Lost 9
Kansas City Royals 144 56 88 0 .38931.0 535631 31-4325-454-6Lost 2
Milwaukee Brewers 145 55 89 1 .38232.0 542689 32-3823-515-5Won 2
Chicago White Sox 145 52 93 0 .35935.5 573732 28-4424-493-7Won 1

N.L. East
Pittsburgh Pirates 144 77 67 0 .535 655617 45-3032-376-4Won 2
New York Mets 145 77 68 0 .5310.5 635566 41-3236-367-3Won 1
Chicago Cubs 144 75 69 0 .5212.0 747611 44-3231-376-4Lost 1
St. Louis Cardinals 146 69 77 0 .4739.0 674671 31-4138-364-6Lost 1
Philadelphia Phillies 146 66 80 0 .45212.0 523657 36-3330-473-7Lost 4
Montreal Expos 144 63 81 0 .43814.0 622736 33-3630-455-5Won 2

N.L. West
Cincinnati Reds 148 93 55 0 .628 710617 51-2242-335-5Lost 2
Los Angeles Dodgers 144 77 67 0 .53514.0 662600 33-3844-293-7Lost 5
San Francisco Giants 145 77 68 0 .53114.5 753760 44-3033-387-3Won 4
Atlanta Braves 147 72 75 0 .49020.5 675684 40-3232-434-6Won 1
Houston Astros 145 69 76 0 .47622.5 656696 38-3631-406-4Lost 1
San Diego Padres 146 57 89 0 .39035.0 627724 29-4528-444-6Won 4

Today's scores and summaries:

Orioles 5, Red Sox 1 at Baltimore (night game):
With the support of three homers, Tom Phoebus entered the winning column for the first time since May 9 by pitching the Orioles to a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox. A walk to Mark Belanger, single by Paul Blair, a wild pitch, sacrifice fly by Boog Powell and a double by Brooks Robinson sent the Orioles on their way with two runs in the first inning. Belanger hit his first homer of the season in the second. Frank Robinson and Powell connected in succession in the fifth, marking the 10th time this season that the Orioles had hit consecutive homers.

Brewers 3, Angels 2 at California (night game):
Ted Savage, hitting a single and double, drove in all of the Brewers' runs in a 3-2 victory over the Angels, who went down to their ninth straight defeat. In the fourth inning, May singled, took second on a passed ball and scored on Savage's single. The Angels went ahead in the sixth, counting one run on a homer by Jim Fregosi and another on a sacrifice fly by Joe Azcue with the bases loaded. However, the Brewers struck back in the eighth after Dave LaRoche walked Tommy Harper and Bernie Smith. Dave May forced Harper, but Savage followed with his double, driving in the tying and winning runs.

Indians 4, Yankees 3 at Cleveland (day game):
Duke Sims, who opened the Indians' scoring with a homer in the second inning, connected for the circuit again with two out in the 11th to beat the Yankees, 4-3. After Sims' first smash, the Yankees took a 3-1 lead with the aid of a round-tripper by Thurman Munson, but the Indians tied the score in the eighth on a single by Ted Uhlaender and pinch-homer by Graig Nettles.

Tigers 6, Senators 4 at Detroit (day game):
Mickey Stanley beat out a bunt with the bases loaded and two out in the eighth inning, breaking a 4-4 tie and sending the Tigers to a 6-4 victory over the Senators. Jim Hannan threw wildly on Stanley's tap, allowing another run to score. Tom Timmerman, the winner in relief, tied a Tigers' club record by appearing in his 55th game.

A's 3, Royals 2 at Kansas City (day game):
Reggie Jackson homered after a single by Tommy Davis in the eighth inning to carry the Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Royals. After the Royals took a 2-0 lead in the first two innings, the A's scored their initial run in the third on a single by Dick Green, a sacrifice and a single by Bert Campaneris.

White Sox 5, Twins 3 at Minnesota (day game):
After scoring their first three runs on a pair of homers, the White Sox added two tallies on a double by Bobby Knoop in the eighth inning to beat the Twins, 5-3. Gail Hopkins homered in the second and Syd O'Brien hit for the circuit after a single by Bart Johnson in the third. Bill Melton walked in the eighth and O'Brien was safe on an error before Knoop rapped his double. Brant Alyea homered for the Twins, marking the eighth straight game in which he had driven in one or more runs.

Pirates 5, Cubs 4 at Chicago (day game):
Willie Stargell and Bob Robertson hit successive homers in the ninth inning, enabling the Pirates to outlast the Cubs, 5-4, and retain their one-half game lead over the Mets in the East division. The Cubs fell two games off the pace. The Pirates scored twice in the second on a single by Robertson, double by Manny Sanguillen, a wild pitch and a single by Jose Pagan. Ron Santo homered for the Cubs in the fourth. Fergie Jenkins, who started for the Cubs, went out for a pinch-hitter in the eighth. Juan Pizarro, relieving in the ninth, hit Al Oliver with a pitch and then served a gopher ball to Stargell. Bob Miller took over and was greeted by Robertson's rap. As a result, the Cubs fell short in their half when Glenn Beckert and Billy Williams singled and Jim Hickman hit a homer.

Braves 5, Astros 3 at Houston (night game):
Orlando Cepeda and Rico Carty batted in two runs apiece to lead the Braves to a 5-3 victory over the Astros. Pat Jarvis, who drove in the final run with a double in the ninth inning, beat the Astros for the sixth straight time over two seasons and for the 12th time in 13 decisions for his career. Cepeda got his RBIs with a double in the first inning after Sonny Jackson walked and Hank Aaron singled. Jackson walked again in the third, Aaron doubled and Carty singled for another pair. Doug Rader homered with a man on base for the Astros.

Expos 4, Phillies 3 at Montreal (day game):
Two-run homers by Jim Gosger and John Bateman powered the Expos to a 4-3 victory over the Phillies. The crowd of 25,221 boosted the Expos' attendance to 1,232,476, exceeding their 1969 total in the expansion club's first season. The Phillies also had a two-run homer by Johnny Briggs. Their third run scored when Deron Johnson walked with the bases loaded in the eighth inning after Howie Reed replaced Steve Renko. Reed then saved the game.

Mets 3, Cardinals 0 at New York (day game):
Posting his third shutout of the season, Jim McAndrew pitched the Mets to a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals. Cleon Jones, hitting safely in his 20th straight game to tie Tommie Agee's club record, tripled in the fourth inning and scored the Mets' first run on a sacrifice fly by Donn Clendenon. The Mets loaded the bases in the eighth and their other tallies followed on a sacrifice fly by Ken Singleton and single by Tim Foli.

Padres 4, Reds 2 at San Diego (night game):
Danny Coombs, who had not pitched a complete game since June 23, when the lefthander lost to the Astros, turned in a route-going performance and hurled the Padres to a 4-2 victory over the Reds. The Padres counted their initial run in the second inning. Ed Spiezio walked, stole second, continued to third on a poor throw by Pat Corrales and crossed the plate on an infield hit by Chris Cannizzaro. The Reds went ahead with a two-run double by Lee May in the sixth, but the Padres retook the lead with a pair in their half on a single by Steve Huntz, double by Ollie Brown, sacrifice fly by Nate Colbert and single by Ivan Murrell. Doubles by Colbert and Spiezio added an insurance marker in the eighth.

Giants 8, Dodgers 3 at San Francisco (day game):
Willie McCovey drove in two runs with a homer and added two with a bases-loaded single to pace the Giants to an 8-3 victory over the Dodgers. McCovey homered after a walk to Willie Mays in the fifth and rapped his single in the sixth. The Giants added two more runs in the seventh and a final pair in eighth on a single by Mays, McCovey's third walk of the game and a triple by Ken Henderson. An error by Mays, who dropped a fly ball by Ted Sizemore, led to an unearned run for the Dodgers in the eighth. Skip Pitlock then needed help from Don McMahon, who gave up two runs in the ninth before finishing the game.

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