Porch Power helped the Twins, who have moved their left-field and left-center fences in 16 feet. This was done at the behest of Vice-President Billy Robertson in an attempt to aid Minnesota's right-handed batters and to lure fans with a pepped-up offense. Trailing Detroit 5-4 in the 11th, Larry Hisle drilled a ball that a year ago would have been an out, but this time it was a game-winning homer into Robertson's Porch. Two other wins came against Milwaukee: 6-0 behind Jim Hughes, a rookie, and 2-1 on RBI singles in the ninth by Eric Soderholm and Tom Kelly.
Three teams—White Sox, Angels and Rangers—matched the Twins' 3-2 record. Chicago's Stan Bahnsen, who had not pitched in three weeks, surfaced with a 12.00 ERA for the year and a 3-14 career mark against Baltimore and put down the Orioles 2-1. Rich Gossage preserved that game and another victory over the Orioles with a total of 6? innings of scoreless relief. That gave him seven saves, an 0.81 ERA and ran his shutout string to 23? innings. The Angels, who hit nine homers in their first 36 games, unloaded three in a 12-5 rout of the Indians, but failed to come up with any in Nolan Ryan's second loss of the season, a 6-1 defeat by Boston. Texas scored three runs in the last of the 10th to tie Detroit, then won 7-6 in the 11th on Tom Grieve's hit.
Kansas City, 2-3, upended New York 4-1 on Fran Healy's three-run home run in the 10th, and a pair of two-run homers by Harmon Killebrew highlighted a 10-1 romp over Baltimore.
Oakland Owner Charlie Finley said he was "on the 15-day disabled list" after being hospitalized because of possible heart trouble. His A's did little to make him feel better, losing four of five and hitting .202. However, Sonny Siebert, recently obtained by Finley from the Padres, won 3-0 over the Indians with the aid of four innings of relief from Jim Todd.
OAK 22-16 TEX 22-17 KC 22-19 CAL 21-20 MINN 18-17 CHI 17-21
Castor oil, Sharp Pitching and vigorous slugging propelled Boston to a 5-1 week. Because he had not felt well for two days, Luis Tiant took a swig of the nasty stuff, after which he pitched a 6-1 win over the Angels. Earlier the Sox began a three-game sweep of the A's by giving Tiant a 10-5 victory. Boston had been shut out in six of Tiant's 16 previous starts. Bill Lee followed Tiant's win with a two-hit, 7-0 verdict. For the first time since 1951 the Red Sox got six straight complete-game performances from its pitching staff. Oakland started three lefties in Boston and the Red Sox hammered A's pitchers for six of their 13 home runs, Bernie Carbo hitting three of them.
For Detroit's Mickey Lolich the elixir was soda pop, 64 ounces of which he gulped en route to a 5-3 win at Minnesota, his first in four weeks. Joe Coleman also beat the Twins, 6-3, making it the first time in 12 months the Tigers' two most reliable pitchers had won back to back.
Before the Yankees' first game of the week, Manager Bill Virdon told them he was fed up with their lackluster efforts. His troops promptly demolished the A's 9-1. Catfish Hunter earned that win as well as an 11-7 affair over Texas to bring his record to 6-4. Chris Chambliss, who had not hit a homer all season, poked two against Kansas City's Steve Busby, who had not given up a gopher ball in 78? innings. Roy White's .400 hitting also helped New York go 4-1 and vacate last place.