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Page Twelve


Thursday, August 12, 1976

Horton H R tops Texas
Ninth-inning heroics
s -win it for Bird, 4-3

MARK "THE BIRD" FIDRYCH puts everything he has into a pitch last night. Bird gave up
nine hits but won the thriller, 4-3.
Reds win wild one

By The Associated Press
DETROIT-Pinch-hitter Willie
Horton homered into the upper
deck in left-center field leading
off the ninth inning last night to
give the Detroit Tigers and
Mark Fidrych a 4-3 victory over
the Texas Rangers.
The clout, Horton's 10th of the
season, came on a 2-2 pitch
from Gaylord Perry, 11-9. It
gave "The Bird" Fidrych his
13th victory against four losses
and it was his 15th complete
The crowd of 36,523 went
wild after the home run and
then chanted "We Want Bird."
After Fidrych came back out
of the dugout to acknowledge
the cheers, the boisterous
crowd chanted, "We Want
Willie," and Horton came out.
Texas took a 1-0 lead in the
second inning on a passed ball
by catcher Bruce Kimm after
consecutive singles by Mike
Hargrove and Tom Grieve.
Rusty Staub singled in a Ti-
ger run in the third and homer-
ed with two outs in the fifth.
Hargrove homered in the Texas
Detroit went ahead 3-2 in the
sixth when Aurelio Rodriguez
opened with a triple and scored
on a pinch single by Alex John-
son. The Rangers tied it in the
seventh when Juan Beniquez
led off with a walk, was sacri-
ficed to second and came home
on a single by Gene Clines
ter and Perez broke for third
and second. First baseman Pete
LaCook threw wildly to second,
allowing Armbrister to come all
the way around and score.
Dave Concepcion then singled,
scoring Perez. Doug Flynn cap-
ped the scoring by tripling home
With Chicago leading 10-1,
Perez belted his 13th homer of
the season in the sixth. Bench,
who had doubled scored ahead
of him.
In the seventh, Morgan opened
the inning with a walk, George
Foster singled and B e n c h
slammed his 11th home run of
the season. Perez followed with
a single and scored on Cesar
Geronimo's double.
Bench singled home Morgan
in the eighth to make it 10-8.
Dave Concepcion opened the
ninth with a single and two outs
later Griffey sent the game into
extra innings with his homer.
Phils phly
delhia Phillies took advantage
of four errors-two of them by
Atlanta third baseman Jerry
Royster in one inning-for three
uneearned runs and defeated
the Braves 4-1 last night.
The Phillies now lead the
second-place Pittsburgh Pi-
rates in the National League
East by 14%a games-their
widest margin of the season.
Pittsburgh lost to Los Angeles
2-0 Wednesday night.

Birds bow
BALTIMORE - D a n Ford
drove in both Minnesota runs
with a sacrifice fly and a single
and Bill Singer pitched a five-
hitter last night as the Twins
beat Baltimore 2-0, ending the
O r i o I e s' four-game winning
Ford's sacrifice fly came with
the bases loaded in the second
inning, and his run-scoring sin-
gle in the fourth finished Wayne
Garland, 13-3, who has posted
only one victory since July 20.
Singer ended a personal five-
game losing streak and in-
creased his record to 9-8. He
was aided by two double plays.
Yanks explode
KANSAS CITY - Fred Stan-
ley's triple keyed a five-run
explosion in the second inning
last night and carried the New
York Yankees past the Kansas
City Royals 5-3 in a battle of
American L e a g u e division
Right-hander D o y 1 e Alexan-
der, 7-8, needed relief help from
Sparky Lyle in the ninth. Lyle
got the final out of the game
to record his 20th save-
The Yankees boosted their
lead in the Eastern Division
to 9 games over Baltimore,
Singles by Chris Chambliss
and Carlos May began the Yan-
kee uprising against Doug Bird,
10-5. After Graig Nettles flied
to left, Oscar Gamble raped a
high chopper to first baseman
John Mayberry, who threw wild-
ly to second in a double play
attempt, allosvinsg Chambliss to
Willie Randolph 's single
scored May and, following a
balk by Bird, Stanley blasted
his triple to the left field wall.
Mickey Rivers' sacrifice fly
canned the scoring.
Amos Otis hit a two-run
homer for the Royals in the

By The Associated Press Cubs piled up a 10-1 lead before
CHICAGO) -- "With the wind the Reds rallied to record a 13-10
blowing out in Wrigley Field, victory.
it's such a hitter's paradise that "In the second inning, when
I'd really rather be behind than we trailed 9-0, I told second
have a big lead," Cincinnati baseman Joe Morgan to mark
Reds Manager Sparky Anderson one in the right-hand (loss)
says. column for us," said Anderson.
Anderson got his wish yester- "There was no way we were
day afternoon as the Chicago going to win this game.
Major Leagsue Standitigs
East East
W 1. Pet. GB W L Pet. GB
New York 66 44 .600 - Philadelphia 74 37 .667 -
Baltimore 56 53 .515 9!> Pittsburgh 60 52 .536 14,
Cleveland 54 56 .491 12 New York 59 56 .513 17
Detroit 54 58 .482 13 Chicago 52 63 .452 24
Boston 52 5t .481 13 St. Louils 47 63 .427 261,
Mlsaukee 47 59 .443 17 Montreal 40 t8 .370 32}
west west
Kansas City 68 44 .609 - Cincinnati 74 40 .649 -
Oakland 59 53 .527 9 Los Angeles 61 52 .540 12%
Minnesota 56 56 .500 12 Houston 58 59 .496 17%.
Texas 54 57 .406 131 San Diego 55 61 .474 20
California 49 64 .434 19'-, Atlanta 52 62 .456 22
Chicago 48 63 .433 19 San Francisco 49 68 419 26t4
Yesterday's Restlts Yesterday's Results
Minnesota 2, Baltimore 0 Cincinnati 13, Chicago 10, 10 inn,
Cleveland 4, Chicago 3 Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 1
Detroit 4, Texas 3 Los Angeles 2, Pittsburgh 0
New York 5, Kansas City 3 New York 2, San Diego 1
Boston at California, n Moatteal 9, San Francisco 3
Mllwatkee at Oakland, n Houston 8, St. Louis 1
Today's Games Today's Games
New York (Hunter 12-12) at Min- San Diego (Sawyer 2-0) at New
nesota (Redfern 3-7), n York (Seaver 9-7)
Boston (Tiant 11-10) at Califor- Cincinnati (Alcala 10-3) at Chi-
nia (Ryan 9-13), n cago (Stone 3-4)
Milwaukee (Augustine 4-8) at Atlanta (Morton 2-8) at Philadel-
Oakland (Mitchell 8-5), n phia (Lonborg 12-7), n
Only games scheduled Only games scheduled

"But Joe . . . told me I was
out of my mind because he said
that when you playin Wrigley
Field you always have a shot,"
Anderson added. -
While Anderson had nothing
but praise for the wind, the
Cubs had nothing good to say
about the umpires.
"The game for all practical
purposes turned around in the
seventh inning when the um-
pires awarded Johnny Bench a
three-run homer," complained
Rick Monday. "Everybody in
the ball park saw the ball go
-"There is no doubt in my
mind that Cincinnati's going to
win the division with the kind
of calls they got today," sighed
Cubs Manager Jim Marshall..
"I hope we haven't lost our
momentum in winning 13 of our
last 18 games but when you
blow a nine-run lead it some-
times upsets the players."
The Cubs had reason to be
upset by the ninth inning when
Ken Griffey of the Reds smack-
ed a two-run homer with two out
in the ninth inning to even the
game at 10-10.
Ed Armbrister scored the
go-ahead run on the second
Cub error of the 10th.
Johnny Bench opened the in-
ning by reaching first on short-
stop Mick Kelleher's error and
went to second on Tony Perez'
single. On an attempted pickoff
at first, pinch-runner Armbris-

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