Milwaukee 'Steals' Victory From Wood, By FRED MeMANE UPI Sports Writer The Milwaukee Brewers, currently boasting the majors' best record over the past two weeks, literally "stole" one away from Wilbur Wood, the game's winnlngest pitcher, Friday night when they edged the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, behind the seven-hit pitching of Jim Slaton. Wood, a 14-game winner, was beaten for the seventh time this season when catcher Ellic Rodriguez stole third against him in the ninth inning and scored on a sacrifice' fly by Pedro Garcia, The victory was the seventh in a row for the Brewers and their 12th in the last 13 games. The winning run came without benefit of a hit. John Briggs walked to open the ninth and Rodriguez reached base when ho was hit with a pitch. Briggs was forced at third on Bob Coluccio's attempted sacrifice but Rodriguez then swiped third and scored on Garcia's drive to centerfield. Wood, who allowed only five hits, felt he had pitched well in losing and wad partially critical of Rodriguez' steal. "There's no doubt it was the key pl,ay. If he makes it it's a great play, if he doesn't it's a terrible play," said Wood. "I thought I pitched a good game and wouldn't change anything." In other American League games, Minnesota walloped Detroit, 13-6, New York edged California, 4-3, in 10 innings, Oakland topped Boston, 0-3, Kansas City topped Cleveland, 7-2, and Baltimore nipped Texas, 1-0. San Francisco lopped Phila- Register-Mail SPORTS Gafeburg, 111., June 16, 1073 Saturday, Piage 13 rlclphia, 4-3, in 10 innings, Houston edged St. Louis, 3-2, Cincinnati blanked Pittsburgh, 6-0, New York defeated San Diego, 5-2, Atlanta routed Chicago, 8-3, and Montreal nipped Los Angeles, 4-3, in National League action. Bobby Darwin tied a club record by driving in seven runs with a pair of' homers and a pair of singles as the Twins walloped the Tigers. Minnesota collected 17 hits in the game with Harmon Killebrew driving in four runs with a single and a double. Willie Horton, Dick McAuliffe and Aurclio Rodriguez all homered for the Tigers. Felipe Alou drove home his brother, Matty, with a one-out sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Yankees a victory Major League Standings over the Angels. Matty had opened the inning with a single and moved to third on a single by Bobby Mercer. Mel Stottlemyre received credit for the victory. Reggie Jackson, Gene Tenace and Joe Rudi each homered in support of Jim Hunter as the A's came from behind to defeat the Red Sox. Hunter, touched for a homer by Reggie Smith in the first, went the distance to register his ninth victory in 12 decisions. John Mayberry's 16th homer, a two-run blast which capped a National League East w. 1. pet. g.b. Chicago 36 25 .590 — Montreal 29 25 .537 3ft St. Louis 28 30 .483 6ft New York 26 29 .473 7 Pittsburgh 24 30 .444 8ft Philadelphia 24 35 .407 11 West w. I. pet. g.b. San Francisco 40 25 .615 — Los Angeles 37 25 .597 1ft Houston 35 29 .547 4ft Cincinnati 32 28 . 533 5ft Atlanta ' 27 34 .443 11 San Diego : 20 43 .317 19 Friday's Results Montreal 4 Los Angeles 3 New York 5 San Diego 2 San Fran 4 Phila 3, 10 inns Atlanta 8 Chicago 3 Cincinnati 6 Pittsburgh 0 Houston 3 St. Louis 2 Today's Probable Pitchers (All times EDT) St. Louis (Gibson 5-6) at Houston (Forsch 6-tf), 8:30 p.m. Los" Angeles (Osteen 7-3) at Montreal (Stoneman 1-2), 2:15 p.m. Pittsburgh (Briles 3-6) at Cincinnati (Gullett 6-4), 5:30 p.m. Chicago (Reuschel 7-4) at Atlanta (Niekro 6-2), 6 p.m. .,• San Francisco (Marichal 6-5) ;at Philadelphia (Ruthven 1-5), 47 :35 p.m San Diego: (Caldwell 3-8)' at ?New York. ,,(Koosman 5-5), 8 p.m. • ' % V i- jv ?: American League East w. I. pet. Milwaukee 31* 27 .534 New York 32 28 .533 Baltimore 28 26 .519 Detroit 30 28 .517 Boston 27 29 .482 Cleveland 22 37 .373" West w. 1. pet. 32 23 .582 31 25 .554 32 29 .525 33 30 .524 29 28 .509 19 36 .345 g.b. 1 1 3 9ft g.b Chicago Minnesota 31 25 .554 1ft Oakland 32 29 .525 3 Kansas City 33 30 .524 3 California 29 28 .509 4 Texas . 19 36 .345 13ft Friday's Games Baltimore 1 Texas 0 Kan City 7 Cleveland 2 Minnesota 13 Detroit 6 Milwaukee 1 Chicago 0 New York 4 California 3 Oakland 8 Boston 3 Today's Probable Pitchers (AH Times EDT) Minnesota (Blyleven 7-7) at Detroit (Coleman /10-5), 2:15 p.m. Boston (Tiant 7-6 or Lee 7-2) at Oakland (Blue 5-3), 4:30 p.m. Kansias City (Busby 3-7) at Cleveland (Wilcox 4-3 Bosman 2-6), 6 p.m. New York (Dobson 1-0) California (Ryan 7-7), 9 p.m. Texas (Dunninig 0-3) or at at Baltimore ••(Palmer 6-4), 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee (Parsons 2-4) Chicago (Stone 2-1), 8 p.m. at Major League Leaders Torre, St.L 50 Maddox, SF 51 Mota, LA 40 Goodsn, SF 54 Bonds, SF 65 Unser, Phil 45 Rbnsn, Phil 36 Fairly, Mtl 48 Lopes, LA 51 Watsn, Hou Santo, Chi National League g. ab r. h. pet. 175 26 60 .343 196 23 67 .342 136 17 46 .338 200 18 67 .335 266 64 88 . 331 131 17 43 .328 120 19 39 .325 142 22 46 .324 180 28 58 .322 64 230 39 73 .317 57 205 33 65 .317 American League g. ab r. h. pet Blmbrg, NY 42 122 21 48 .393 Horton, Det 31 115 19 44 .383 Careiw, Min 55 214 41 73 .341 Krkptk, KC 51 187 31 63 .337 D.Allen, Chi 55 200 36 67 .335 Kelly, Chi 44 175 28 57 .326 Fisk, Bos 53 199 31 62 .312 Hndrsn, Chi 36 135 21 42 .311 Maybry, KC 63 219 43 67 .306 Vlntne, Cal 32 126 12 38 .302 Home Runs National League: Aaron, Atl and Stargell, Pitt 17; Bonds, SF 16; Evans, Atl 15; Monday, Chi 14. American League: Mayberry, KC 16; D. Allen, Chi 15; Fisk, Bos and Spikes, Clev 13; Bando and Tenace, Oak 12. Runs Batted In National League: Bench, Cin 51; Ferguson, LA 48; Bonds, SF 44; Stargell, Pitt 43; Williams, Chi and Perez, Cin 41- American League: Mayberry, KC 59; Jackson, Oak 52; Melton, Chi 44; Murcer, NY 41; Yashrzamski, Bos and Darwin, Minn 40. Pitching National League: Bryant, SF 11-3; Billingihiarn, Cin and Wise, St.L 8-3; Sutton, LA and Seaver, NY 8-4. American League: Wood, Chi 14-7; Holtzman, Oak li-4; Singer, Cal and Splittorff, KC 10-3; Coleman, Det 10-5. Nicklaus Thinks He Can Overtake Player three-furi third inning, and the four-hit pitching of Paul Split* torff carried the Royals ^dver the Indians. Splittorff retired 17 batters in a row at one strcleh in posting his 10th victory against three losses. Mike Cuellar tossed a three- hitter and Tommy Davis drove home the game's only run with a fourth-inning, scratch single as the Orioles edged- the Rangers. Cuellar, boosting his record to 3-6, won his first game since May 26 iwhlle Davis' single stretched his hitting streak to 17 games. By FRANK BERKOPEC OAKMONT, Pa. (UPI) - One of the U.S. Open competitors here, down three strokes and putting no better ithan "fair," figures he still can overtake Gary Player, and ordinarily nobody would pay much attention except this fellow's name happens to be Jack Nicklaus. "We love to beat each other," said Nicklaus, talking about Player, whose 137 total leads Jim Colbert by one shot going into today's third round and New Zealand's Bob Charles, John Miller and Nicklaus by three. "I feel I can overtake him," says Nicklaus. "Of course, that doesn't mean I will. But you have to feel that way, or there really would be no sense playing these last two rounds." Player put together rounds of 67-70 for his one stroke lead over Colbert, a former Kansas State footballer and long shot here whose rounds of 70-68—138 were good for second place. Nicklaus, who turned in a second round two-under 69 to go Giants' 'Stopper' Defeats Phils 4-3 for Win No. 11 By JOE FROHLINGER UPI Sports Writer Ron Bryant, San Francisco's "stopper," stopped Philadelphia in its tracks. Bryant, the National League's winningest pitcher, won his 11th game and Willie McCovey slammed a three-run homer in the 10th inning Friday night to key the Giants' 4-3 win over the Phillies. Bryant has won 24 out of his last 31 games and eight in a row but credits his success to "learning to pitch better and more maturity, that's all. I feel ahead of hitters rather than behind them." Bryant, 11-3 with a 2.2.1 ERA, lived up to his name as the "stopper" as he halted a Giants' losing skid at two games. He gave up eight hits before needing relief help from Elias Sosa in the 10th after a homer by Greg Luzinski cut' the Giants' lead to one run. Tito Fuentes and Garry Maddox walked before McCovey greeted reliever Mac Scarce with his game-winning shot, his 13th homer. Bobby Bonds also homered for the Giants, his 16th, with none on in the seventh. In other National League games, Houston nipped St. Louis, 3-2, Montreal , downed Los Angeles, 4-3, Atlanta defeated Chicago, 8-3, Nevy York topped San Diego, 5-2, and Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh, 6-0. In the American League, Baltimore shaded Texas, 1-0, Kansas City set back Cleveland, 7-2, Milwaukee edged Chicago, 1-0, Minnesota shackled Detroit, 13-6, Oakland beat Boston, 8-3, and New York edged California, 4-3, in 10 innings. Bob Watson finally played his favorite position — catcher — after seven years in the majors and hit a homer in the eighth inning to tyft Houston over St. Louis. Joe Torre drove in both Cardinal runs and went 3-for-3 to hike his average to best in the NL-.343. Hank Aaron closed to within 24 of Babe Ruth when he hit his 690th career homer in Atlanta's win over Chicago. The blast, Aaron's 17th, keyed a three-run fourth and boosted the Braves to their ninth win in the last 10 games. Bob Bailey snapped a 3-3 tie in the eighth with his ninth homer to boost Montreal over Los Angeles. The victory for the Expos, second-place team in the East, was their seventh in a row. Wayne Garrett cracked a three-run homer in the eighth and Jon Matlack spaced six hits as the New York Mets bgat San Diego and handed the Padres their seventh straight loss. Fred Norman, making his debut with Cincinnati, stopped Pittsburgh on five hits in pitching the Reds to victory. with his opening round 71, was tied at 140 with Charles and young Miller, only in his third year on the tour. Oakmont's rock hard greens were turned velvety soft for Friday's round when someone forgot to turn off the sprinklers Thursday night, unknown to the players of course. They were so soft in fact, that 19 sub par rounds were turned in for an Open record. Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf, Gene Borek, Arnold Palmer and veteran Julius Boros were all at even-par 142. Borek, who shot a 77 in the opening round, set a course record 65 in the second round. A New York club professional, he had gotten into the Open as an alternate because Dave Hill withdrew Tuesday. Borek, 36, made six birdies during ihis round. Player always thinks positively. He has been in enough Opens, however, 16 of them, to know that the second-round leader winds up back in the pack more often than he wins the title. "The last nine holes in this tournament," he said, laughing, "people suddenly get tonsilitis." Player meant they develop a little sand in the neck. Billy Casper, winner of two Open titles, was among those who failed to survive the cut. So was Australia's Bruce. Crarmpton, this year's second leading money wanner, Orville Moody, another former Open winner, and Aussie Bruce Devlin. Beale Wins Feature At Grand Rapids GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (UPI) - Rollie Beale of Toledo, Ohio, pulled a win out of the 40-lap sprint car feature race Friday night at Berlin Raceway. Gary Bettenhiausen of Tinley Park, 111., fifth - place finisher in the Indianapolis 500 this year, claimed second place in the U.S. Auto Club - sanctioned national championship event. He was followed by Brace Walkup, Speedway, Ind., third; Larry Cannon, Danville, 111., fourth; Johnny Parsons Jr., Reseda, Calif., fifth; and Lee Kunman, Gufltenberg, Iowa, sixth. Defending national ohlamp Sam Sessions of Nashville, Mich., placed seventh. George Snider of Bakersfield, Calif., was hospitalized after his car hit the retaining wall during a practice session. I lllliuiiunuiiuiiii. iimiiinmmiimiimiiiimmiiiiMiiiiiMui Breaks Course Record Gene Borek of East Norwich, N.Y., checks his score card after firing a 6-under par 65 in the second round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont, Pa., Country Club Friday to break the course record of 66 for 18 holes set in 1953 by Jimmy Clark. In the first round of the' Open, Borek shot a 6-over par 77 and is now at even par 142 after 36 holes. Braves Gome From Behind For 8-3 Victory Over Cubs By DAVID MOFITT UPI Sports Writer ATLANTA (UPI) - Roric Harrison was three runs behind before he could get his first out — but ho insisted he wasn't worried. "A month ago, three runs would have done me in," said the rangy, 26-year-old Atlanta Braves righthander. "But, the way this club is hitting now, I figured that if I could settle down, they'd get them back for me." Harrison did settle down, allowing only three more singles over what really amounted to nine full innings, and the streaking Braves came roaring back to beat the Chicago Cubs, 8-3, Friday night for their ninth victory in their last 10 games "It's really something, the way this club has turned it around," said Harrison. "It would have been so easy to throw when we were going so badly on the road (losing 10 of 11), but these guys battled back. They never quit." The Braves, now 27-34, are still seven under .500 and 5 Vz games out of fourth place in 76ers Have Fourth New Coach in Last IS Months PHILADELPHIA (UPI) - was shown the door last season.,record For the fourth time in 15 Out on Steal Attempt Astros' Jirn Wynn, attempting to steal third base, is put out inning of their game at Houston Friday. Umpire Andy Olsen by St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Ken Ileitis in the eighth calls the play. Astros beat the Cards 3-2. UN1FAX months, the Philadelphia 76ers have a new head coach. He is Gene Shue, former Baltimore coach who led the Bullets to four division titles, and 10-year veteran of the National Basketball Association. Shue considered the new job nice challenge" —which may be an understatement. Last season the 76ers ended with the worst record in the history of the NBA, winning only nine of 82 games. After Jack Ramsay quit the team—less than a year and a half ago—the 76ers went to the college ranks for Roy Rubin. But Rubin's team could put together only six wins before he Kevin Loughery, a 76ers' guard acquired from Baltimore, took over and suffered through the rest of the season as a player-coach. At the end of the campaign, Loughery suddenly left for the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association. Once a^ain the 76ers were in the market for a coach and began bargaining with Shue, whose contract expired at the end of May. Shue was unhappy over his team's performance in the playoffs and over plans to move the Bullets to Largo, Md., a Washington suburb. He said Friday he would not have taken the Philadelphia job 'unless I fell the team could develop into a winner." Shue, who compiled a 291-257 1 with Baltimore in 6V2 seasons, said he was starting with the team from scratch. "In developing a team over a period of time, the coach could be more important than he would be moving in with a winner," he said. the six-team National League West. But, like Manager jsddie Mathews gleefully no t e d, "We're headed in the right direction." The Braves, who had 17 hits Wednesday night while routing the Pittsburgh Pirates, 18-3, had 13 hits Friday night, including home runs by Hank Aaron 'and Darrell Evans. It was the 17th homer this year for the 39-year- old Aaron and the 690th of his 20 - season career, leaving him only 24 shy of Babe Ruth's record. The Cubs batted around in the first inning as Harrison, who allowed only one hit in eight innings his previous outing, gave up three hits and three walks, t,vo intentional, and made one of two Braves' errors in the inning. Knuckleballer Phil Niekrq (6-2), who got a third days' rest this time because of the Southern League All - Star game Thursday, goes after his sixth straight victory tonight with Rick Reuschel (7-4) pitching for the Cubs. WANTED Reliable Mole For full time employment in locally own* ed men's clothing store. 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