While New York, Baltimore and Boston fought for first place (page 18), Cleveland flubbed a chance to get into the act. The Indians won their first four games of the week, one of them Gaylord Perry's 19th triumph. Then, despite the acquisition of Frank Robinson from the Angels, the Tribe lost its next four contests and dropped 7� games behind the Yankees.
Failure to lock its bullpen gate may well have cost Milwaukee a 6-5 loss to Baltimore. Oriole Centerfielder Paul Blair made a game-saving catch for the last out of the night with two Brewers on base, but might not have been able to hang on to the ball had the gate not swung open when he crashed into it.
Despite 11 homers, Detroit won only three of seven games. One of the home runs, a 10th-inning poke by Tom Veryzer, downed the Brewers 9-7 and gave John Hiller his 17th relief win, a league record.
NY 79-67 BALT 78-69 BOS 76-69 CLEV 71-74 MIL 70-77 DET 67-79