Nolan Ryan (18-13) of the Angels (1-5) downed Cleveland 7-3 and went over the 300 mark in strikeouts for the fifth time in six seasons. Bobby Bonds' 32nd and 33rd homers could not avert a 12-9 loss in Detroit.
Oakland (3-3) moved half a game ahead of Seattle (2-3) in its battle for sixth place. Mitchell Page slugged four home runs, two as the A's overcame the Red Sox 8-7. Glenn Abbott of the Mariners held off the Blue Jays 4-3 for his 11th win. Abbott later said that his roommate, John Montague, "kept me awake all night telling me how many forkballs he was going to throw." After Montague pitched, Abbott said, "Do you know how many forkballs he threw? Not one." Forkball or not, Montague baffled the Blue Jays 6-2.
KC 79-54 CHI 74-57 TEX 74-59 MINN 75-61 CAL 62-69 OAK 52-80 SEA 54-83
Left-handed pitchers and sluggers helped New York (6-0) build a 4�-game lead. Rookie Ron Guidry hurled two shutouts, a 1-0 two-hitter against Texas and a 4-0 six-hitter in Minnesota. Sparky Lyle did not allow a run in 7? innings as he won three times in three days, thanks to dramatic home runs by lefty swingers. A three-run pinch homer in the eighth by Chris Chambliss overhauled the Royals 5-3 to start Lyle's streak. Mickey Rivers led off the 11th inning of the next game with a game-winning homer that toppled the Mariners 6-5. And Graig Nettles opened the bottom of the ninth the following night with a home run that finished off Seattle 5-4. For Nettles it was his second homer of the game, third of the week and 34th of the season.
Jim Rice of Boston (4-3) tied Nettles for the league lead as he homered four times. Three of Rice's drives came during an 8-7 loss to the A's, and his fourth as the Red Sox nipped the Rangers 2-1. Reggie Cleveland notched his first and second saves, Bill Campbell his 22nd and 23rd.
A grand-slam homer by Pat Kelly and four-hit pitching by Rudy May enabled Baltimore (4-2) to beat Nolan Ryan and the Angels 6-1. The next day Jim Palmer downed California 8-2, and then the Orioles completed a three-game sweep when Doug DeCinces homered in the eighth to defeat Frank Tanana 4-3.
Milt Wilcox of Detroit (5-1), who insists he built up his ailing arm by bowling, threw strikes from the mound rather than on the lanes last week. His 5-2 defeat of Milwaukee was his first complete game in the majors since 1974 and gave him a 6-0 record since his recall from the minors. Three homers by Aurelio Rodriguez, seven RBIs by Rusty Staub and Dave Rozema's 15th victory also helped lift the Tigers within three games of .500.
Duane Kuiper of Cleveland (4-3) ended the longest current homerless drought in either league when he cleared the fence for the first time in 1,382 at bats. (That left three full-time major leaguers without a homer this season: Dave Cash of Montreal, Rob Andrews of San Francisco and Mike Champion of San Diego.) Kuiper's homer, plus two by Andre Thornton and another by Bruce Bochte, propelled the Indians to a 9-2 romp over the White Sox. Rico Carty had two homers and five runs batted in as the Indians slugged their way past the Mariners 10-6.
Milwaukee (2-4) won big (10-1 over Chicago) and small (1-0 over Detroit). The latter victory was built around the pitching of Jerry Augustine and Eduardo Rodriguez and an RBI double by Ed Kirkpatrick.