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MINN 70-47 OAK 67-53 CAL 66-53 MIL 46-74 KC 44-75 CHI 43-79
As a near-capacity crowd watched the final warmup pitch at Three Rivers Stadium, the lights went out. Management blamed a four-alarm fire elsewhere. Duquesne Light tacitly blamed stadium maintenance, the responsibility of Broadway Maintenance, and Broadway Maintenance blamed Duquesne Light. If blame was never fixed, the lights were, which was unfortunate for the PITTSBURGH Pirates, who played as if they preferred darkness. The Pirates walked 11, allowed 11 hits, threw two wild pitches, committed three errors and lost to the NEW YORK Mets 10-2. The next night, with a kind of batty logic—there was a big black bat, flying-rodent variety, dive-bombing the mound—Pittsburgh gained half a game on the Mets, who were flattered by Danny Murtaugh's feeling that tying them in a four-game series was at least as good as kissing somebody else's sister. The Mets should have stayed in Pittsburgh. At Atlanta they split a doubleheader, then saw Tom Seaver lose two runs and the game in the last of the ninth on a third-strike passed ball with the bases loaded.
The CHICAGO Cubs Friday signed Leo Durocher to a new one-year contract, blew a five-run lead based on a first-inning grand slam home run, and lost 13-9. Critics noted that Durocher's first contract had been for three years, his second for two years. Billy Williams hit three home runs in three days, raising his total to 34. Booed roundly on the road, Joe Pepitone arrived in Chicago to be met by a limousine and a red carpet. The significance of this reception was somewhat blurred by the fact that Pepitone had ordered and paid for it himself. Doctors said that Ernie Banks may not reappear before September 1.
St. Louis lost four out of five after having won 14 of the previous 17. The Cardinals and San Francisco, both with artificial turf, have allowed the biggest increases in runs in the majors. Double Distelfink Day or no, PHILADELPHIA was 2-4 for the week. MONTREAL won its first indoor baseball game, juiced up by two homers from Le Grande Orange, Rusty Staub's first in the Astrodome since he was traded by the Astros.
PITT 67-54 NY 63-56 CHI 62-59 ST. L 56-64 PHIL 54-64 MONT 51-70
Could the invincible Red Army be in trouble? Going into the week, CINCINNATI had struggled to a 15-13 record since the All-Star Game. Forget it. Johnny Bench hit his 40th home run, Tony Perez connected with his 36th and Lee May slammed four homers in five games to raise his total to 27. Jim Merritt struck out 13 men in one appearance and Gary Nolan got his 15th victory. Saturday, Aug. 15, the Reds stepped to their 80th victory, the earliest any National League team has ever won that many.
Los Angeles Outfielder Willie Davis has a full-length mirror in the clubhouse in which he scrutinizes his follow-through with the bottle bat. Davis' average has risen to .324; meanwhile, the Dodgers have won six of their last eight.