Minnesota took four of eight, all the losses coming on a disastrous visit to Kansas City. California (3-5) also lost four in a row before Ed Figueroa's pitching and Adrian Garrett's hitting beat the Yankees 8-1.
OAK 70-44 KC 63-50 CHI 55-59
TEX 55-60 MINN 51-65 CAL 50-66
Boston Began to cool off and Baltimore was hot on its trail. The Orioles, baseball's best team since the All-Star break with 21 wins in 27 games, followed a Sunday loss to Milwaukee with seven straight triumphs. Two of the victories came where they were needed most, in Boston, Baltimore having lost ground to the Red Sox while rising from fourth to second in the standings. The Orioles charged from five runs down to take the first one 12-8, as Don Baylor went 5 for 5, and then J�m Palmer threw a two-hitter to win 3-0. "That's the way I'm supposed to pitch," said Palmer. Later against Chicago he won his 17th, with relief from busy Dyar Miller.
After losing twice to Baltimore, Boston's Carlton Fisk said, "It was getting awfully quiet on the bench." But the Red Sox (4-3) made plenty of noise in Milwaukee, winning twice, as Reliever Jim Willoughby and Starter Rick Wise continued to sparkle. Wise's 4-2 victory was his eighth straight, giving him a 15-6 record.
New York (5-3) advanced only half a game, despite Doc Medich's two wins over Cleveland, 12-1 and 6-3. Bobby Bonds' 22nd home run helped Catfish Hunter beat Milwaukee 4-3 for his 15th, but Hunter fell apart later against California, losing 8-1.
When a two-alarm fire broke out in a storage room at Milwaukee's County Stadium, someone said, "Too bad it wasn't set under the Brewers." Fair enough, since Milwaukee has lost nine of 10 and six of seven last week. Following a 6-4 defeat by Texas, Manager Del Crandall was incensed. "A terrible exhibition of baseball," he steamed. The next day the Brewers lost again, 4-2.
Cleveland enjoyed the week, winning five of eight. Two of the victories were against Detroit, which dropped eight more to extend its losing streak to a club-record 14. The record breaker, a 1-0 win by Minnesota, came on Manager Ralph Houk's 56th birthday.
BOS 69-45 BALT 62-50 NY 59-54
MIL 53-62 CLEV 51-60 DET 46-69