By hitting his 29th and 30th home runs, Oscar Gamble of Chicago (3-5) set a club record for left-handed batters. Chris Knapp (11-7) beat the Angels 6-2, striking out 13 and giving up just three hits.
Dave Goltz of Minnesota (3-4) kept alive his hopes of becoming a 20-game winner by blanking Chicago 7-0 for his 18th triumph. Rod Carew raised his batting average to .383 with a .469 week and had two RBIs as Reliever Tom Johnson won for the 16th time.
Dave Kingman highlighted his brief stay with the Angels (4-4) by smashing a pair of homers during a 12-7 crunching of the Rangers. Dave LaRoche and Bobby Bonds twice collaborated to stop the White Sox. Bonds walked, stole second and scored the decisive run in the eighth on a double by Mario Guerrero to defeat Chicago 5-4. LaRoche notched his 15th save in that game and got his 16th after Bonds drove in the tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth in a 4-3 win in Chicago.
The A's suffered more traumas. Owner Charlie Finley underwent heart surgery. After turbulent weather grounded a team flight in Salina, Kans., a number of players had to drive 175 miles to Kansas City. It was all part of a 2-5 week that left Oakland just one game in front of last-place Seattle.
The Mariners (2-3) closed in on the A's with the help of former Oakland Pitcher Doc Medich, who was picked up on waivers and stopped K.C.'s winning streak 4-1.
KC 92-55 TEX 81-66 CHI 81-67 MINN 80-69 CAL 71-75 OAK 57-89 SEA 58-92
While the Yankees, Orioles and Red Sox scrambled for first place (page 62), the rest of the teams struggled to achieve lesser goals. The modest objective of the Indians (2-4) at the start of the season was to play .500 ball, but for the eighth time in nine years, they will fall short of that. Picking up the Cleveland victories were Wayne Garland (11-18), who beat Detroit 8-1, and Dennis Eckersley (14-12), who defeated Toronto 6-3.
Jason Thompson became the first Tiger since Willie Horton in 1966 to drive in 100 runs as Detroit (2-4) beat the Indians 5-3 to end a six-game losing streak. Ben Oglivie, whose name is being spelled correctly more often now that he is hitting well, had four hits in that game, including his 19th homer. Later that night the Tigers reached a milestone of sorts when they completed their first doubleheader sweep of the season by edging Cleveland 2-1 in 10 innings.
On Fan Appreciation Night the Brewers (3-2) wanted to give a crowd of 10,718 something to savor. They did, clobbering the A's 8-1 as Sixto Lezcano hit his 18th home run and rookie Lary Sorensen stranded 10 runners en route to his sixth victory. Robin Yount doubled his season homer output in two days against Seattle, hitting his third as the Brewers won 6-5 and his fourth as they came out on top 8-5. Don Money's 24th home run in the 10th inning settled the first of those games.