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Monday May 20, 1974
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MLB standings at the end of May 20, 1974

A.L. East
Milwaukee Brewers 34 18 16 0 .529 161142 8-1010-67-3Won 2
Cleveland Indians 37 19 18 0 .5140.5 163152 11-98-95-5Won 2
Boston Red Sox 38 19 19 0 .5001.0 163167 10-89-116-4Won 3
Detroit Tigers 36 18 18 0 .5001.0 131155 5-713-115-5Lost 3
New York Yankees 41 20 21 0 .4881.5 153164 11-99-123-7Lost 1
Baltimore Orioles 35 17 18 0 .4861.5 141154 10-107-84-6Lost 3

A.L. West
Oakland A's 39 21 18 0 .538 178158 13-98-97-3Won 2
Chicago White Sox 36 18 16 2 .5290.5 144160 10-88-86-4Lost 1
Texas Rangers 38 19 19 0 .5001.5 182172 9-1010-94-6Won 2
Kansas City Royals 37 18 19 0 .4862.0 176153 8-910-106-4Lost 2
Minnesota Twins 35 16 18 1 .4712.5 138154 9-87-104-6Lost 1
California Angels 40 18 21 1 .4623.0 175174 10-108-113-7Lost 1

N.L. East
Philadelphia Phillies 38 21 17 0 .553 163153 14-77-107-3Won 1
Montreal Expos 31 17 14 0 .5480.5 135137 7-310-117-3Won 3
St. Louis Cardinals 37 20 17 0 .5410.5 184159 11-89-95-5Lost 1
New York Mets 39 17 22 0 .4364.5 159165 7-1110-115-5Lost 3
Chicago Cubs 34 14 20 0 .4125.0 133187 10-64-143-7Won 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 35 12 23 0 .3437.5 139171 8-114-123-7Lost 1

N.L. West
Los Angeles Dodgers 40 29 11 0 .725 228127 18-511-68-2Won 1
Cincinnati Reds 36 20 16 0 .5567.0 155135 12-88-87-3Lost 1
San Francisco Giants 41 22 19 0 .5377.5 176158 10-812-115-5Lost 1
Atlanta Braves 40 20 20 0 .5009.0 163165 10-910-117-3Won 1
Houston Astros 43 20 23 0 .46510.5 192183 14-106-130-10Lost 10
San Diego Padres 44 17 27 0 .38614.0 162249 9-138-143-7Won 2

Today's scores and summaries:

Brewers 6, Tigers 4 at Milwaukee (night game):
The Brewers pinned a 6-4 defeat on the Tigers and relief ace John Hiller when Dave May doubled home two runs in the eighth inning after Milwaukee loaded the bases on two walks, an infield out and Tim Johnson's single. John Vukovich doubled home the first two Milwaukee runs in the second. The Tigers got one back in the third on Al Kaline's RBI single, scored three more in the fifth on singles by Mickey Stanley and Gary Sutherland, Vukovich's error, a sacrifice fly and Willie Horton's single. The Brewers used an unearned run to tie the score in the seventh. Pedro Garcia and Vukovich opened with singles and May's grounder went through Sutherland's legs for an error, Garcia scoring. Johnson, running for Vukovich, took third on the play and scored later on Don Money's sacrifice fly. Ed Sprague, making only his third start since 1971, went eight innings to pick up the victory.

A's 5, Twins 4 at Minnesota (night game):
The Athletics built a 5-0 lead through five innings, then held off the Twins to record their ninth victory in the last 12 games, 5-4. Oakland tagged loser Bill Butler for three runs in the second on a walk, back-to-back triples by Angel Mangual and Ray Fosse and a single by Ted Kubiak. In the fifth, Bert Campaneris walked, stole second and scored on a triple by Joe Rudi. Gene Tenace lofted a sacrifice fly to get Rudi home with the fifth run. Harmon Killebrew singled home Rod Carew with the Twins' first run in the seventh. Carew, who had three hits to raise his average to .418, singled home a run in the ninth, and the Twins made it close, getting two more tallies on Killebrew's sacrifice fly and a single by Bobby Darwin.

Padres 8, Astros 6 at Houston (night game):
The Padres dealt the Astros a club record 10th straight defeat, 8-6, breaking a 6-6 tie in the seventh on Fred Kendall's RBI double, scoring Dave Winfield, a pinch-runner for Willie McCovey, who had three hits and four RBIs for San Diego. McCovey doubled home Bobby Tolan with the Padres' second run in the third, then wiped out a 4-3 Astro lead an inning later with a three-run two-bagger. Houston tied the score in the sixth on pinch-hitter Cliff Johnson's two-run homer. After Kendall had put the winners ahead in the seventh, San Diego added an insurance run on Johnny Grubb's RBI single in the eighth.

Dodgers 5, Reds 3 at Los Angeles (night game):
Major league home run leader Jim Wynn cracked his 13th and 14th round-trippers to drive in four runs for the Dodgers, who beat the Reds, 5-3. Wynn gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead in the first when he tagged loser Jack Billingham for a three-run blow after Lee Lacy had doubled and Bill Buckner was hit by a pitch, then connected off Billingham again in the fifth with the bases empty. Joe Morgan accounted for Cincinnati's runs with a two-run homer in the sixth and a single driving in Bill Plummer, who had doubled, in the eighth. Tommy John, with relief help from Mike Marshall in the eighth, won his sixth game against a single loss.

Expos 4, Pirates 2 at Montreal (night game):
Behind the effective hurling of Mike Torrez, the Expos built a 4-0 lead and turned back the Pirates, 4-2. Montreal scored the decisive run with two out in the fifth on a single by Willie Davis and the 200th double of Bob Bailey's career. Ken Singleton followed with a single to plate the fourth Expo run. Davis singled home the winners' initial run in the first. Losing pitcher Jim Rooker wild-pitched Bailey home in the fourth after Bailey and Singleton had reached on hits. Willie Stargell drove home both Pittsburgh runs with an eighth-inning single.

Cubs 2, Mets 1 at New York (night game):
Billy Williams drove home both Chicago runs with a sixth-inning single as the Cubs took advantage of a Met throwing error and beat New York, 2-1, behind the four-hit hurling of Burt Hooton. The Mets manufactured a 1-0 lead in the second on John Milner's single, a stolen base and single by Jerry Grote. In the sixth Don Kessinger singled, catcher Grote threw Matt Alexander's sacrifice bunt attempt into right field and Cub runners ended up at second and third. Williams hit loser Harry Parker's first pitch for the game-deciding single as Chicago ended their five-game skid.

Phillies 2, Cardinals 1 at St. Louis (night game):
Steve Carlton, beating his ex-teammates for the eighth time in 10 decisions over the past two seasons, scattered eight hits and singled home the deciding run in the seventh as the Phillies edged the Cardinals, 2-1, and took over first place in the East Division. Larry Bowa's bunt single, Greg Luzinski's single and a sacrifice fly by Tommy Hutton gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead against loser Lynn McGlothen in fourth. Mike Anderson's double and Carlton's single made it 2-0 in the seventh. The Cards loaded the bases in the eighth with none out, but got only one run on pinch-hitter Reggie Smith's single, a double by Lou Brock, an error and sacrifice fly by Luis Melendez before Ted Simmons hit into a double play. The Phillies also turned a double play in the ninth after St. Louis had put their first two runners aboard.

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