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Page Twelve


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Suns nip Celtics;
series tied, 2-2

By T h A<.\ iit d.d P'rey
PIIOENIX-- Phoenix rookie Ricky Sobers
sparked a decisive third-quarter surge that car-
ried the Suns tc a dranatic 109-l57 victory over
the Boston Celtics last night and tied their Na-
tional Baskethal Asso iation championship series
at 2-2.
Game Five in the nutionall tetevised best-of-
seven series will he pltyed Friday night in Bos-
ton, with the sixth game in Phoenix Sundav. If
a seventh game is nezessarv, it will he at Boston
next Wednesday night.
PAUL WESTPHAL was Pohenix' high scorer
with 2 points agains! his fiormer Boston team-
mates. Rookie Altan Adamts added 20 points and
Gar eard had 19 points and 15 rehounds for
Pioenix, but it was the fiery Sobers who trig-
gered a 12-point Sin burst that put them ahead
to stay.
With Bostoit leaiiing 71-70 mtidway through the
third period, Sobers hit a driving layup. After
Curtis Perry sank another layip, making it 74-71
Phoenix, Sobers connected for six consecutive
points-on four foul shots and one layup after a
To complete the spree, Sobers fed Keith Erick-
son for a wide-open jump shot, putting the Suns
in front 82-71,

TIlE CELTICS, paced by Jo Jo White, who
scored a team-high 25 points, rallied within two
points eight times in the final period of the foul-
marred game, but key baskets by Westphal,
Adams, Sobers and Heard blunted their threats.
Boston had a chance to tie the score and send
the game into overtime in the closing seconds,
btit White missed a jumper from the side of the
1-mne just before the buzzer and Adams grabbed
the rebound as the game ended, much to the
delight of the more than 13,000 fans in the Veter-
ans Memorial Coliseum.
Dave C'owens added 22 points for the Celtics,
including a hook shot with 50 seconds remaining
that pulled Boston to within 109-107, and Paul
Silas had 18
ADAMS, the NBA's Rookie of the Year and the
series' leading scorer with 98 points in four
games, was the Suns' biggest contributor in the
final period, with four field goals.
The victory was the 18th in the last 19 home
games for the Cinderella Suns.
The first half, especially the opening period,
was marred by a rash of fouls called by referees
Manny Sokol and Don Murphy. The officials also
tagged both coaches, Tom Heinsohn of Boston
and Johp MacLeod of Phoenix, with one technical
foul apiece.

BOSTON CENTER Dave Cowens struggles to control a re-
bound in last night's NBA championship playoff game. The
underdog Phoenix Suns beat the Celtics in a thriller, 109-107.

Tigers take fourth straight

By The Associated Press
DETROIT - Willie Horton
drove in two runs with a single
and a sacrifice fly and pinch-
hitter Ben Oglivie hit a two-
run inside - the - park homer to
lead the Detroit Tigers to a
6-4 victory over the Milwaukee
Brewers last night.
Oglivie's home run came in
the bottom of the eighth to put
the game away. The Tigers'
last inside-the-park homer was
hit by Oalivie last July against
Kansas City.
Brewers starter Jim Col-
born, 2-7, lost his sixth
straight game while Detroit
starter Vern Ruble raised his
record to 4-1 with heln from
John Hiller in the eighth and'
Jim Crawford in the ninth.
Horton led off the Detroit sec-
nod with a double and came
aroind on a pair of wild pitches

by Colborn.
Detroit scored twice in the
fourth inning, with Horton and
Aurelio Rodriguez delivering
run scoring singles following
singles by Dan Meyer and Rus-
ty Staub.
The Tigers scored again in
the fifth on Horton's sacri-
fice fly after a double by
Gary Sutherland and another
wild pitch by Colborn.
A triple by Robin Yount and
a sacrifice fly by Darrell Por-
ter gave the Brewers a run in
the fifth. Singles by Yount, Por-
ter and Tim Johnson produced
another run in the seventh,
while Yount singled the third
Milwaikee run across in the
eighth after a walk to Mike He-
gan and a single by Hank Aa-
The Brewers got their final

Major League Standings
"m ssi , 5 5' .h",i r . i t' 5, , . :._. .

run in the ninth with Don Mon-
ey driving it across on a
Boston socked
BOSTON - Ed Figueroa sur-
vived one shaky inning and
pitched a four-hitter last night
as the New York Yankees built
a commanding six - run lead
in the second inning lead and
breezed to a 7-2 victory over
the Boston Red Sox.
Figueroa, who beat the Red
Sox three times in a row
while with California last
year, avenged a recent loss
to Boston while hiking his re-
cord to 6-3, tying Catfish
Hunter for most victories on
the New York staff.
Staked to a 6-0 lead in the
first two innings, Figueroa al-
lowed just one baserunner,
Rico Petrocelli's ground single
through the middle in the sec-
ond, until losing his shutout bid
in the sixth,
Figueroa retired 12 batters
in a row until Rick Miller
lined a soft single to center
with two out on the sixth,
Cecil Cooper then hit a 2-0

pitch into the left field screen
for his second home run of
the season.
Fred Lynn followed Cooper's
homer with a single before Fig-
ueroa settled down and got out
of the inning,
Phill ies roll
ST. LOUIS - Philadelphia
left - hander Tom Underwood
continued his mastery over the
St. Louis Cardinals, pitching a
five-hitter and delivering a
two-run single to highlight a
4-1 Phillies triumph last night.
It was Philadelphia's 13th
straight road victory.
UnderwQod, who began the
game with a modest 1-1 re-
cord and a 5.57 ERA, boost-
ed his lifetime record over
the Cards to 4-0 by outpitch-
ing Cards' starter John Cur-
tis, 3-5, and three relievers.
Philadelphia, winning for the
19th time in 23 games, hopped
on Curtis for two hits and two
runs, including Underwood's
single in the top of the fifth.
The Phils' Ollie Brown
fanned to start the inning but
Gary Maddox rammed a
double and Dick Allen and Bob
Boone drew walks to set up Un-
derwood's hit.
Two innings later, Maddox
coaxed a one-out walk off the
Cards' Harry Rassmussen and
Allen and Boone followed with
Ben Oglivie (left) hit
a pinch-hit, inside-
the-park home r u n
to give Vern Ruhie
(right) his fourth win
of the season.

a double and a single to drive
in two insurance runs.
Expos axed
MONTREAL - Richie Zisk's
sacrifice fly scored Manny
Sanguiflen with the tie-break-
ing run in the eighth inning and
the Pittsburgh Pirates went on
to defeat the Montreal Expos
4-2 last night.
Sanguillen, who had a double
and single earlier in the game,
smashed a one-out triple to the
right field fence and trotted
home on Zisk's fly ball to right.
Losing pitcher Woody Fry-
man, 6-3, then walked Willie
Stargell and gave up a sin-
gle to Bill Robinson before
getting Dave Parker to fly
out deep to right center.
The Pirates added an insur-
ance run in the ninth on Bob
Robertson's sacrifice fly.
The victory went to right-
hander Bruce Kison, 4-4, who
checked the Expos on four hits
in the eight innings he worked.
He was lifted for pinch-hitter
Robertson in the ninth and
Dave Giusti came in to pitch
the final inning.

W L Pet. GB
New York 27 15 .643 -
Baltimore 23 21 .523 5
Cleveland a1 27.485 op6
DETROIT 20 23 .465 7'5z
Boston 19 23 .452 8
Milwaukee 16 23 A140 9%
Kansas City 26 17 .605 -
Texas 25 19 .568 1":
Chicago 22 20 .524 31
Minnesota 21s23.427 I-ti
Oakland 21 26 .447 7
Calitornia 21 30 .412 9
Yesterday's Results
New York 2, Boston
DETROIT 6, Milwaukee 4
Baltimore 2, Cleveland 0, 12 inn,
Texas. ,Chicago 0, 11 inn.
California 5, Minnesota 2
Kansas City at Oakland, n
Today's Games
New Yack (Ellis 4-3) at Boston
'(P'ole -?), a.
Milwaukee (Travers 4-2)} at Detroit
(Roberts 4-3), n.

W w L Pct. GB
Philadelphia 32 11 .744 -
Pittsburgh 27 19 .587 6%
New York 24 26 .410 11K
Chicago 21 25 .457 22r
St. Louis 21 26 .447 13
Montreal 16 25 .390 15
Cincinnati 29 18 .617 -
Los Angeles 28 20 .583 1'..
san Diego 24 22 .522 454
Houston 22 28 .440 81"
San Francisco 19 30 .388 11
Atlanta 17 30 .362 12
Yesterday's Resnlts
San Diego at Atlanta, ppd., rain
Pittsburgh 4, Montreal 2
Philadelphia 4, St. Louis 1
Chicago 5, New York 3
Cincinnati 8, Houston 7
San Francisco at Los Angeles, n
Today's Games
Chicago (Burris 1-7) at New York
(Lolirh 2-6).
Pittsburgh (Rooker 6-1) or (Kison
3-4) at Montreal (Stanhouse 2-1), n.
Philadelphia (Christenson 6-1). at
St. Loots (Forseh 0-1), n.
Cincinnati (Alcaa1-0) at Hous-
ton (Dierker 4-5), n.
-San Francisco (Dressler 1-2) at
Los Angeles (John 2-3), a.

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