Ken Singleton of the Orioles (7-2) batted .424, had three homers and extended to 46 the number of consecutive games in which he had been on base. Rookie Catcher Dave Skaggs drove in five runs as the Birds beat the Tigers 6-2 in 11 innings behind Scott McGregor. Eddie Murray homered three times, finishing off Detroit 7-5 with a two-run shot in the ninth. He also had a game-tying single in the bottom of the ninth against Cleveland, a game Doug DeCinces ended moments later with an RBI single for a 6-5 victory. Rudy May (16-12) defeated Detroit 5-0 and Cleveland 7-1, and Jim Palmer (15-11) shut out the Tigers 4-0.
Detroit (2-8) unveiled three newcomers, Catcher Lance Parrish, Shortstop Alan Trammell and Second Baseman Lou Whitaker. They combined for 12 hits in 24 trips to the plate, and Parrish homered and drove in five runs during a 12-5 drubbing of Baltimore.
On Hate the Yankees Day in Cleveland, the Indians (2-6) swept a doubleheader. Jim Kern earned his 18th save in the opener, a 4-3 victory, and won his eighth game as the Indians scored twice in the eighth inning of the second game for a 5-4 win.
Sixto Lezcano, who missed 48 games because of a broken hand, homered and had two singles on his first day back to carry Milwaukee (2-3) to a 6-5 decision over California. Moose Haas evened his record at 10-10 with a three-hit 3-1 triumph in Oakland.
Toronto's only two wins in eight tries were both noteworthy. The first, Dave Lemanczyk's 3-2 victory over Boston, ended an 11-game losing streak. Then the Blue Jays set club records for hits (20) and runs as they flattened the Yankees 19-3. Roy Howell drove in nine runs (the most by anyone in the league this year) with his fifth and sixth homers, two doubles and a single. In that game Ron Fairly became the 96th player to reach 1,000 RBIs.
NY 87-55 BOS 85-57 BALT 83-58 DET 67-76 CLEV 65-78 MIL 60-86 TOR 47-92
Will Kansas City (7-0) rollicking to a team-record 11-game win streak and virtually locking up first place, everything became a cause for levity, even a beaning of Hal McRae. "You can get drunk tonight and not have to worry about a hangover," George Brett told McRae. "Your head's going to hurt anyway." A $5 fine was levied against Pitcher Randy McGilberry, recently up from Omaha, for asking if the second games of doubleheaders were seven-inning affairs as they are in the minors. Mitigating that financial setback were McGilberry's two scoreless innings of relief in Paul Splittorff's 10-0 win over the Mariners.
For the most part, it was Kansas City opponents who suffered lumps and losses. Darrell Porter, who hit three homers last season, slugged four in two days in Seattle to increase his total to 15. He batted .524 during the week. Al Cowens was also on a rampage, unloading his 20th and 21st home runs, scoring nine times, driving in 10 runs and hitting .407. After a 10-1 laugher in Minnesota, Splittorff (14-6) had a 13-2 record since May 20.
It was not Centerfielder Chet Lemon's fault that Chicago (4-5) fell eight games back. Lemon threw out two runners at the plate during a 2-1 win in Oakland, and in a 7-2 defeat of the A's, he reached over an eight-foot wall to turn a home run into an out.