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Have Reds Slammed Door on L.A.? Billingham Thinks So After 5-3 Win CINCINNATI (AP) - Jack Billingham thinks the Cincinnati Reds have slammed the coffin lid on the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Hero Alan Thompson, who struck out 13 and hit a two-run homer to lead Charleston Central to the District Three Little League title by 4-0, watches the ball head toward the plate (upper left). Thompson and Chris Hill jump for joy (Upper right) after the last pitch of the game. Thompson is mobbed by teammates (left) seconds later. ( S t a f f Photos by Lawrence Pierce) "They've got to feel it's going to take a miracle now," said Billingham, after he beat the Dodgers 5-3 Saturday before a national television audience. The triumph, powered by Pete Rose's four hits, three runs scored and one run batted in, gave the Reds their widest West Division lead of the year, a commanding 13-game bulge. "I don't see how they can do it. It would take a complete collapse on our part and that's not going to happen." continued Billingham. But Dodgers' Manager Walter Alston refused to concede anything to the Reds. "I don't think anybody's gonna play dead," he said. "A win was the only thing on my mind," added Billingham, a tall right-hander, who was let go by the Dodgers, his first major league team, in 1969 expansion draft. See Baseball Boxicoret on Page 10D. Rawly Eastwick came on to provide that win with last-out relief in blazing style, striking out pinch-hitter Ken McMullen on three straight pitches with two men on base. "I just don't fell any pressure in that kind of a situation." said Eastwick. "The pressure's on the batter." Johnny Bench, who drove in two runs without a hit for the National League West-leading Reds, delivered the winning run in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Rose ignited that rally, as he had done in the first and third innings when the Reds scored their first three runs. With the score tied 3-3, Rose led off the fifth with a single. Dave Concepcion and Joe Morgan loaded the bases when Ron Cey and starting Dodger pitcher Doug Rau made errors on ground balls. Rau was then replaced by Rick Rhoden, who limited the Reds to only one run, which scored on Bench's sacrifice fly. Rose Doubles The Reds added an insurance run in the eighth when Merv Rettenmund singled, stole second and scored on Rose's double. The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the first on rookie John Kale's fifth homer since he was called up from the minors on June 30. The Reds tied it in their half of the inning when Rose singled, Concepcion walked and Morgan singled to snap an 0- for-18 slump. the Reds scored twice in the third, keyed by back-to-back singles by Rose and Morgan. Bench lined a hot smash off Rau's glove, scoring Rose. Tony Perez Hooped a double to center to make it 3-1. Sun Chariest gima Julv27,1975 *1D Thompson Shines as Central Captures District Three Title BOOM By Paul Wallace Alan Thompson blasted a two-run homer and pitched a four-hitter to lead Charleston Central to a 4-0 win over Mountaineer in the Little League District Three championship Saturday at Kirk Field in St. Albans. Thompson, batting third in Central's lineup, drilled his line-drive homer to dead center in the first inning. Thompson's homer followed Tim Bledsoe's one-out walk. Charleston Central now advances to the state tournament at Weirton. Central will meet the Huntington area winner at 8 p.m. Thursday in the six-team single-elimina- tion tourney. Central added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Timmy White led off with a single, went to second on a passed ball and moved to third on a groundout. He scored when.Chris Hill reached base on an error. * * * IN THE FIFTH, with one out, Thompson was intentionally walked--the second straight time since his homer. Roger Littleberry singled to center. White then hit a grounder to second and the throw to get Thompson at third was too late and the bases were loaded. Thompson scored on a wild pitch by loser Eddie Layne. LAPSE Nicklaus Misses Par Putt, Shares Lead With Brewer By Bob Green ILE BIZARD, Que. (AP) - Jack Nicklaus backed off from a four-foot, par-saving putt, missed it and dropped back into a tie with Gay Brewer for the third-round lead Saturday in the $200,000 Canadian Open Golf Tournament. Nicklaus, seeking his fourth title of the season, and the 43- year-old Brewer matched rounds of par 70 over the windy, 6,628-yard Royal Montreal Golf Club course and had totals of 206, four under par. They'd been tied at the end of the second round, but Nicklaus led through most of Saturday's play--at times by as much as two strokes. Lapse Costs Him The lapse on the 16th hole--it was there that he backed off when a great, happy cry went up from the gallery around a nearby green--cost him dearly. "I should have made the putt," said Nicklaus, who has never won this Canadian national championship. The big yell that caused him to back off was the crowd reaction to Tom Weiskopf's 18-foot putt for a par on the 17th. It was, he said, the key to a scrambling round of 68 that lifted him to within a single stroke of the top at 207. "That was a very big putt for me,' T Weiskopf said. "I couldn't afford to get too far back and I needed the par. Then I looked up and saw Jack miss that short one. It was a big swing for me." Crampton Shoots 67 Australian Bruce Crampton, whose 67 c was the best rcr%d of the mild, sunny, J «* breezy day, and Gibby Gilbert were tied at 209 and were the only other players under par after three rounds. Gilbert birdied two of his last three holes for a 69. Arnold Palmer, who scored his first professional victory in this tournament 20 years ago, once got to within a couple of strokes of the lead, then blew it in unhappily familiar fashion. "It's just the same old thing," Palmer said, "and it's getting damn frustrating." After getting three under par for the day, he three-putted twice, backed off to a 69 and was four strokes back at 210. "It was just pure negligence," he said. "I've done the same thing in every big tournament I've played recently and it's kept me out of position to maybe win the tournament." Jack Nicklaus Gay Brewer Tom Weiskopf Gibby Gilbert Bruce Crampton Arnold Palmer Hubert Green Ken Still Frank Conner Tom Kite Bruce Leitzke David Graham Pat Fitzsimons Tom Watson Lee Trevino Larry Ziegler Jim Bullard Richard Crawford Boo Wynn Johnny Miller Don Bies - John Scniee Butch Baird Bob Zender Gary wscCord Grier Jones Terry Diet)! Roger Maltbie George Knudson Gary Player Jf. Snead Czrtis Siftord 65-71-70-206 68-68-70-206 65-74-68-207 70-70-69-209 74-68-67-209 68-73-69-210 68-71-71-210 70-67-74-211 68-73-70-211 68-73-70-211 70-72-69-211 67-71-73-211 7-73-71-211 72-71-69-211 71-72-68-211 68-73-71-212 70-71-71-212 71-71-70-212 69-74-69-212 70-74-68-212 73-71-48-212 67-75-71-213 70-72-71-213 68-74-71-213 73-71-S9-213 7I-7W9-213 70-73-70-213 72-72-49-213 68-74-71-213 67-73-73-213 73-68-72-213 71-71-71-213 Besides allowing Mountaineer only four hits-two by Randy Huffman-- Thompson struckout 13 batters. That's 13 of 18 outs in the game. In the 23 years of Charleston Central's Little League all-star team, this is the first time one has won more than a single game. In the previous years Central's teams had won a total of only four games. This year's team has already won five games. Mountaineer's Layne pitched well-enough to win. He gave up only four hits, but one of thoSjp was that fatal one to Thompson. He fanned seven before leaving with two on in the fifth. Brian Clark came in from his shortstop position to finish pitching for Mountaineer. He walked the first one to load the bases, but got the next two . on fly balls. THOMPSON WORKED his way out of two jams. In the fourth with one out, Huffman doubled and Rusty Bonar hit back to Thompson, catching Huffman off second. But in the rundown that followed, Huffman slid back into second safe when the ball hit his leg. Thompson proceeded to fan the next two hitters. In the fifth, Mark Young singled and John Hudson walked for Mountaineer. But, again Thompson got tough and struckout the next three. Central manager Jeff Wood said Thompson and Bledsoe--his other starting pitcher--are of equal ability. "When they're both on, they can be tough. Thompson is mainly a fast-ball pitcher, while Bledsoe uses finesse on the mound. Bledsoe can throw it hard when he wants too, though." When asked why Thompson didn't hit fourth, Wood said, "Most coaches in nine inning games put their best hitters fourth, but in a six-inning game the third hitter has the better chance of hitting at least three times than the fourth hitter would." Moreno 9 s Homer Starts Charlies 9 3-1 Victory TOLEDO, Ohio - Omar Moreno shattered Dick Ruthven's no-hit bid with a two-out home run in the eighth inning Saturday night and the Charleston Charlies salvaged a 3-1 victory over Toledo. Moreno's seventh home run of the season cleared the left centerfield fence and pulled Odell Jones and the Charlies into a Charleston Toledo Player AB Moreno cf Reynolds ss Randolph 2b Armas rf Ott c Macha Ib Koegel If Gonialez 3b Jones p Dilone ph Jimenez p Sanserino ph Hopkins p Sadowski pr Totals 33 Toldeo 4 4 3 4 4 3 3 4 2 1 0 1 0 0 3 R 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 HBI 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 Player ab Bannister cr Andrews 2b Martin rf Fritz Ib Thomas ph Clark ss Rogodzinski If Nohorodnay ph Santana 3b Cox c Ruthven p Paul p Totals 000 000 3 2 4 3 1 3 3 1 3 3 3 0 29 000 000 r 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 h 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 bi 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 012-3 000-1 1-1 tie. In the ninth inning, Ken Macha followed Ed Ott's one-out single with a run-scoring double and Gary Sanserino contributed a pinch single to drive in Macha. . Jones and Ruthven entered the seventh inning locked in a scoreless duel, but the Mud Hens, who won the first three games of the series, broke the spell on a walk, a single by Larry Fritz and Ron Clark's bunt single. After Jones wild pitched the runners to second and third, Ken Macha retired the side on Blass Santana's hard smash to first base. Jones' record remained at 12-7. Juan Jimenez picked up the win with one inning of relief and Randy Hopkins mopped up in the ninth. The victory raised Jiminez' record to 5-3. The Charlies move into Rochester tonight with Doug Bair to pitch against the Red Wings. The Dodgers tied it in the fourth, getting three straight hits off Jack Billingham, 11-5. Steve Garvey doubled, Willie Crawford singled and Cey drove in a run with a single. Steve Yeager's one-out grounder scored the Dodgers' final run. Kansas City 7, Texas 0-Amos Otis belted a home run and two singles and John Mayberry contributed two doubles and two singles. Pitcher Al Fitzmorris (10-8) held the Rangers to only six hits. Chicago White Sox 5, Oakland 2 - Jim Kaat of the White Sox became the major league's first 15-game winner of the season with a 5-2 victory over the Oakland A's. Kaat, 15-7, limited the A's to five hits, including solo home runs by Gene Tenace and Phil Garner. Jim Dent's three-run blast in the eighth inning snapped a 2-2 tie. Boston 4, New York Yankees 2 - The Red Sox won for the 15th time in their last 18 games when Carlton Fisk capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning with a sacrifice f l y . Jim Rice's sacrifice fly brought in the first run of the inning. Montreal 5, Pittsburgh 2 -- Barry Foote's two-run triple in the eighth inning put away the victory for the Expos. Montreal's Pepe Mangual also starred with a triple and single to score two runs and drive in one. Pittsburgh's Art Howe drilled a pair of doubles. New York Mets 9, Chicago Cubs 8 - Felix Millan drove in four runs, including the winning in a two-run 10th inning, for the Mets. Millan extended his hitting streak to 19 games with three singles. Baltimore 4, Milwaukee 0 - The Orioles' Mike Cuellar checked the Brewers on one hit -- George Scott's line single in the seventh inning -- in bringing his record to 10-6. He struck out 10. Cleveland 6, Detroit 0 -- Rookie Dennis Eckersley fired a seven-hitter for his second shutout to raise his record to 7-3. Frank Duffy and Rico Carty drove in two runs apiece in support of Eckersley, who struck out 10. San Francisco 3, Houston 2--Bobby Murcer knocked in two runs in the eighth inning to spark the Giants in the first game of a doubleheaddr. Dave Rader, whose third home run of the season in the fourth gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, singled to right after Von Joshua reached base on a fielder's choice. Murcer doubled down the right field line, scoring both. San Diego 4, Atlanta 2--John Grubb drilled a two-run homer guiding the Padres' victory. Grubb, who scored San Diego's opening run in the third, slammed his third homer of the season down the right field line in the fifth inning after pitcher Jerry Johnson had doubled off loser Carl Morton (11-11). Philadelphia 9, St. Louis 4-Dick Allen drove in three runs as the Phillies moved to within four games of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League East. The triumph was the Phils' eighth in 11 games. Minnesota 9, California 4--Eric Soderholm and Danny Thompson hit two-run singles in the eighth inning to vault the Twins to the win in the first game of a twi- night doubleheader. E -Clark2, Cox.DP -- Charleston 1, Toledo 1. LOB- Charleston 7, Toledo 5. 2B -- Clark, Macha. HR - Mor- ern (7). SB -- Moreno 2. Jones Jimenez Hopkins Ruthven Paul WP - (W 5-3) (L 10-11) Jones. Save IP 7 I l 8 2 / 3 1/3 -- Hopkins. T H 3 0 0 5 . 0 - 2 R 1 0 0 3 0 22. ER 1 0 0 3 0 A - BB 2 1 0 4 0 SO 4 1 1 6 1 1,036 BASEBALL standings Mountaineer Player ab r JHudson c 2 0 ErRichardson If 2 Clark ss-p KHudson Huffman Bonar rf Hill rf-ss Layne p Hughes rf Tully 3b ERchrdsn DeJarnett Young Ib Tetaii rharlMtM 3 3 3 2 1 2 1 1 ph-cf '. cf 1 1 n i Central 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 h bl 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Chas. Central Player ab r Sprenger 2 b 3 0 Bledsoe ss Thompson p Littleberry Ib White c Moore rf Amick If Hill 3b Wells cf Totals 2 1 3 3 2 3 3 I M .000 1 2 0 1 0 Q 0 0 h bl 0 0 0 " 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 000-0 7. 26 -- Huffman. HR - Thompson. Pitcher IP Layne (L) 1/3 Clark z/ 3 Thompson (W) 6 R ER BB SO 4 3 3 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 12 WP - Layre 4, Thompson 2. PB - JHudson, White. ;P _ vvein (By L»yne). U - White, Schwartz, Nelson. Saturday's Games CHARLESTON 3, Toledo 1 Rochester 5, Memphis 4, 12 innings Pawtucket 6-13, Richmond 5-1 Tidewater 7, Syracuse 4 Friday's Games Toledo 2, CHARLESTON! Richmond 6, Pawtucket 1 Rochester 6, Memphis 5 Syracuse 5, Tidewater l The Standings Team .W L Tidewater 61 42 Rochester 58 42 Syracuse 57 14 CHARLESTON 52 51 Memphis 51 51 Toledo 18 57 Richmond H 57 Richmond 41 53 Pawtucket *0 63 SvmUy't Games CHARLESTON at Rochester (S p.m.) Merr.ani} at Syracuse Tidewater a* Pavrtucke! Jjledo at Richmond I AMERICAN LEAGUE Saturday's Games Boston 4, New York 2 Cleveland 6, Detroit 0 Baltimore 4, Milwaukee 0 Chicago 5, Oakland 2 Kansas City 7, Texas 0 Minnesota 9, California 4, 1st game Friday's Games Kansas City 6, Texas 3. 1st Kansas City 6, Texas 1, 2nd Detroit l. Cleveland 3 New York 8, Boston 6 Milwaukee 5. Baltimore 2 Minnesota 12, California 1 Oakland 8, Chicago 6. !3 innings East Pet. .592 .580 .564 .505 .486 .447 .417 .436 GB 3 9 11 15 ;s 15'A 21 Boston Baltimore New York Milwaukee Detroit Cleveland Team Oakland Kansas City Chicago Texas California . . Minnesota W 58 49 50 50 44 43 West W 62 53 . . 4 8 47 .44 13 L 40 47 48 50 54 53 L 37 16 49 54 57 56 Pet. .592 .510 .510 .500 .449 .448 Pet. .626 535 .195 .465 .436 .434 GB 8 3 9 14 14 GB 9 13 16 19 1? NATIONAL LEAGUE Saturday's Games New York 9, Chicago 8, 10 innings Cincinnati 5, Los Angeles 3 Montreal 5, Pittsburgh 2 ..an Francisco 3, Houston 2, first game San Francisco at Houston, second game San Diego 4, Mianta 2 Philadelphia 9. St. Louis 4 Friday's Games New York 6, Chicago 3 Los Angeles l, Cincinnati 3, 1st Cincinnati 6. Los ingetes3, 2nd San Diego 7, Atlanta 3. 1st San Diego 8, Atlanta i, 2nd Si Louis 4. Philadelahia 3, 1st Philadelphia 5, St. Louis 2.2nd Pittsburgh 6, Montreal 1 San Francisco S. Houston 1 Pet. .612 .570 .526 .500 .450 .426 .653 .520 .195 .445 .130 .353 Team Pittsburgh Philadelphia New York St. Louis Chicago Montreal Cincinnati Los Angeles San Francisco San Dieoo Atlanta Houston East W 60 57 50 49 45 40 West 66 ....53 49 17 13 36 L 38 U 45 49 55 b4 35 4V 50 54 b/ 66 GB 4 8V4 11 15 15 13V: 16 19 22 : -j 30'. j Sunday's Games Boston !Lee 12-6 and Mo'ret 6-1) at New York (Hunter 13-9 and Martir.e: 1-0 or Medich 7-12). 2. 1 a.m. Cleveland (Raich 5-5 and Brown 5-6) t' Detroit (Wa^er 3-7 ar-d LaC-row 7-9;. 2. 1;30 D.m. Baltimore (Palmer 13-7 and M'tcheli '· 0) at Milwaukee (Travers 4-5 and Haus- r-nan 3-3), 1 2 o.rn. Texas (Perry 9-U) at Kansas City (Bustry 124). 2:30 a.m. Minnesota (Hug'iei 8-8) a' California (Lanje 3-3). l p.m. Chicago (Aeftersori 2J and Wood 9-13) at Oakland (BE 13-8 and Sahassn 6-S), 2, 4:30 p.m. Sunday's Games New York (Koosman 9-f ani Webb 2-31 at Chicago (Stone 7-5 ard De"or; 3-3!. 2. l a m Montreal (Warihsn 1-3 and Schsr^an '3 at Pittsburgh ;3rett i-2 and Candeia.-ia 4-2 1 :. 2. 1-05 O.'TV ^an Dieco iJo'SS '2-6! a' Atlanta ;Da: Ca-ton 0-25. 2:15 a.m. Los Annies (Su"oi '3-3) at CrC!--ati ·Ny-ar: 9-5). 2:15 p.^i. ?"··':adc;p-a (Lo"tors 8-6) a' St. LCv-.s 4-3:. 2.15 a.m. Francisco {Mc^efusco 9-1) at ·on (Richard 7-5). 3:05 of\.

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