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Tuesday July 10, 1979
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MLB standings at the end of July 10, 1979

A.L. East
Baltimore Orioles 86 56 30 0 .651 410338 31-925-214-6Lost 1
Boston Red Sox 84 52 32 0 .6193.0 451343 32-1020-225-5Lost 2
Milwaukee Brewers 87 49 38 0 .5637.5 426376 27-1522-235-5Lost 1
New York Yankees 87 48 39 0 .5528.5 376341 26-1722-227-3Lost 1
Detroit Tigers 84 41 43 0 .48814.0 416409 22-1819-255-5Won 1
Cleveland Indians 86 41 45 0 .47715.0 384418 24-2017-257-3Won 2
Toronto Blue Jays 88 28 60 0 .31829.0 315457 13-2815-324-6Won 1

A.L. West
California Angels 89 52 37 0 .584 501397 28-1824-198-2Won 2
Texas Rangers 86 49 37 0 .5701.5 390356 30-1719-206-4Lost 2
Minnesota Twins 85 45 40 0 .5295.0 439396 21-2124-194-6Lost 1
Kansas City Royals 86 43 43 0 .5007.5 449464 23-1920-241-9Lost 3
Chicago White Sox 85 39 46 0 .45911.0 396403 17-2422-226-4Won 3
Seattle Mariners 89 38 51 0 .42714.0 396453 23-2615-254-6Won 1
Oakland A's 90 25 65 0 .27827.5 317515 16-319-342-8Won 1

N.L. East
Montreal Expos 79 48 31 0 .608 350283 29-819-236-4Lost 1
Chicago Cubs 80 44 36 0 .5504.5 370360 25-1919-177-3Won 5
Philadelphia Phillies 87 46 40 1 .5355.5 382374 25-1621-247-3Won 3
Pittsburgh Pirates 81 42 38 1 .5256.5 357327 19-1923-195-5Won 2
St. Louis Cardinals 83 42 40 1 .5127.5 391365 27-1815-224-6Lost 1
New York Mets 81 32 48 1 .40016.5 312365 16-2016-282-8Lost 1

N.L. West
Houston Astros 89 53 36 0 .596 324320 30-1223-245-5Lost 4
Cincinnati Reds 88 46 42 0 .5236.5 374360 26-1920-235-5Won 1
San Francisco Giants 87 42 45 0 .48310.0 420412 23-2019-254-6Won 1
San Diego Padres 90 40 50 0 .44413.5 343382 25-2215-285-5Lost 2
Atlanta Braves 87 37 50 0 .42515.0 395440 22-2415-266-4Lost 2
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 36 52 0 .40916.5 384414 22-2214-303-7Won 1

Today's scores and summaries:

Angels 4, Red Sox 3 at California (night game):
Pushing across two runs in the eighth inning, the Angels came from behind to defeat the Red Sox, 4-3. The Angels trailed, 3-2, when Dan Ford and Don Baylor singled with one out to chase Red Sox starter Bob Stanley and bring on reliever Tom Burgmeier. Willie Aikens hit a grounder to first, but Jim Dwyer booted the ball, allowing Ford to score as Baylor moved to third. Dick Drago replaced Burgmeier on the hill and Brian Downing blooped a 3-and-2 pitch for a single to give the Angels their 10th victory in the last 12 games.

White Sox 6, Rangers 3 at Chicago (night game):
The White Sox scored three runs in the seventh inning without the benefit of a hit and defeated the Rangers, 6-3. The White Sox trailed, 3-1, in the seventh when Greg Pryor and Mike Colbern led off with walks. Jim Kern relieved starter John Henry Johnson and when pinch-hitter Mike Squires laid down a sacrifice bunt, Kern threw wildly past first for an error, allowing two runs to score and Squires to reach third. A sacrifice fly by Alan Bannister plated Squires with the tie-breaking marker. Bannister added a two-run single in the eighth.

Indians 7, Royals 4 at Cleveland (night game):
Jumping off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Indians went on to a 7-4 victory over the Royals. In the first, Mike Hargrove led off with a walk and was forced at second by Jim Norris before Andre Thornton hit a homer. Toby Harrah was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a single by Ron Hassey and scored on a single by Dell Alston. Hargrove opened the Indians' fifth with a single and when Norris bunted, Royal pitcher Rich Gale threw the ball into center field. A walk to Bobby Bonds loaded the bases and, after two out, Hassey belted a three-run double and scored on a single by Duane Kuiper.

Tigers 6, Twins 5 at Detroit (night game):
Scoring three runs in the ninth inning, the Tigers edged the Twins, 6-5, as the failure of Minnesota to turn a double play proved costly. The Tigers trailed, 5-3, in the ninth when John Wockenfuss singled. Rusty Staub then hit a routine grounder to second, but the Twins managed only a forceout on the play. Champ Summers then connected for a two-run homer to tie the game. Ron LeFlore drew a walk, stole second, went to third on a throwing error by Twin catcher Butch Wynegar and scored the winning run on a single by Lou Whitaker.

A's 7, Orioles 6 at Oakland (night game):
The A's erupted for three runs in the eighth inning and defeated the Orioles, 7-6. The A's trailed, 6-4, in the eighth when Jim Essian and Jeff Newman were both hit by pitches. Essian scored on a double by Tony Armas and a single by Mike Edwards plated Larry Murray, pinch-running for Newman. A sacrifice fly by Rickey Henderson brought home Armas.

Mariners 5, Yankees 1 at Seattle (night game):
Unfurling a two-hitter, Rick Honeycutt pitched the Mariners to a 5-1 triumph over the Yankees. The Mariners scored twice off Ron Guidry in the second inning when Tom Paciorek walked, Dan Meyer unloaded a triple and Larry Cox stroked a sacrifice fly. Leon Roberts led off the third with a homer and Bill Stein hit for the circuit in the fourth. A single by Meyer in the sixth closed out the Mariners' scoring.

Cubs 7, Braves 3 at Atlanta (night game):
Posting their fifth straight victory, the Cubs downed the Braves, 7-3. The Cubs got a run-scoring single by Dave Kingman in the first inning and another by Scot Thompson in the second. With two out in the third, Steve Ontiveros was hit by a pitch and Barry Foote followed with a homer. Ivan DeJesus drilled a round-tripper in the fourth and Foote added his second circuit clout of the game in the eighth.

Reds 4, Cardinals 2 at Cincinnati (night game):
Tom Seaver, getting relief help from Doug Bair, got credit for his sixth straight victory as the Reds downed the Cardinals, 4-2. The Reds scored twice in the first inning. Dave Collins reached first base when Card shortstop Garry Templeton made a wild throw on a ground ball but was credited with a hit. A double by Joe Morgan moved Collins to third and both runners tallied on a double by George Foster. Cesar Geronimo clouted a homer in the seventh. Seaver, who left the game after six innings because of a stiff shoulder, struck out eight, boosting his career total to 2,823, passing Cy Young and moving to sixth place on the all-time list.

Pirates 4, Astros 3 at Houston (night game):
The Pirates dealt the Astros their fourth straight loss, 4-3. Omar Moreno batted in the Pirates' first run with a triple in the third inning. Rennie Stennett walked in the fifth, Moreno doubled and Dave Parker drove in both runners with a single. The Pirates' final marker came across in the eighth when John Milner singled, advanced to second on a single by Bill Madlock, moved to third on a fly ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Stennett.

Giants 11, Expos 7 at Montreal (night game):
Scoring four runs after two were out in the 13th inning, the Giants beat the Expos, 11-7. With the score tied 7-7, Mike Ivie singled and was forced by Jack Clark for second out. Tom Griffin singled and Darrell Evans walked to load the bases. The tie-breaking run then came across when Terry Whitfield was hit by a pitch. A single by Roger Metzger plated two more tallies and the final marker registered when Expo pitcher Woodie Fryman balked.

Dodgers 7, Mets 4 at New York (night game):
Stroking three hits and driving in two runs, Von Joshua sparked the Dodgers to a 7-4 victory over the Mets. The Mets led, 3-1, in the sixth, but singles by Bill Russell, Steve Garvey and Joshua made it 3-2. In the seventh, Russell and Reggie Smith doubled with one out, Garvey was intentionally walked, Ron Cey delivered one run with a single to tie the score and Joshua followed with an RBI on a ground-rule double to put the Dodgers ahead.

Phillies 6, Padres 5 at Philadelphia (night game):
A record-breaking pinch-homer by Del Unser with two men on base and two out in the ninth lifted the Phillies to a 6-5 triumph over the Padres. The Phils trailed, 5-1, in the ninth, when Jose Cardenal singled with one out and Manny Trillo doubled to chase Padre starter Randy Jones and bring on reliever Rollie Fingers. Bob Boone stroked a two-run single and one out later, pinch-hitter Tim McCarver singled. Unser batted for Larry Bowa and cracked Fingers' first serve over the center field fence. It was Unser's third consecutive pinch-homer, setting a major league record. Mike Schmidt clouted a solo blast in the sixth inning, tying the N. L. record for most homers in five games -- seven.

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