OAK 72-55 KC 67-58 TEX 66-62 CHI 62-64 MINN 61-66 CAL 50-77
Commenting on his team's paltry home-run output, Boston Manager Darrel Johnson said, "Denting home plate is all that counts. I don't give a Fig Newton how we do it." For the rest of the division, that was the way the cookie—and the pennant race—crumbled as the Red Sox pecked away for five wins in six tries and widened their lead from 3� games to six. Rogelio Moret one-hit Chicago 4-0, and Luis Tiant, despite a backache from moving furniture into his new house, won twice. His second victory, a 3-0 conquest of Oakland, made him the majors' first 20-game winner. Helping him to that triumph was Tommy Harper, who slugged the first Red Sox homer in 12 games.
Groping for levity and team unity, Baltimore resurrected its Kangaroo Kourt of a few seasons ago, levying fines for such misdemeanors as carrying a candy bar and wearing a Chicago Cub T shirt. Dave McNally added to the hilarity by winning two games, but there was little else to smile about as the Orioles lost three of their other four contests.
In last place as recently as July 15, New York moved up to second with five wins in six games. Pat Dobson got two of the victories, and Doc Medich earned his 15th win of the year.
Both Cleveland and Detroit were 1-5, but the Tigers still felt it was a good week after they survived a white-knuckle emergency landing when their plane nearly ran out of fuel en route to California.
Milwaukee's 4-3 week included a pair of 1-0 triumphs, the first coming on Billy Champion's five-hit pitching against Oakland, the other when John Briggs tripled home a run in the 13th inning against Kansas City.
BOS 70-55 NY 64-61 BALT 63-62 CLEV 61-61 MIL 61-66 DET 58-68