Sixto Lezcano's 19th home run for Milwaukee (1-3) set a record. It was the 3,430th of the season, one more than the previous major league high amassed in 1970. Jim Slaton's 10th win came at the expense of the Mariners, whom he defeated 5-1.
Roy Howell, who had hit just three homers in 71 games after being picked up from Texas, slammed five in Toronto's 13 most recent games. The last helped finish off Cleveland 7-4. Although he was tagged for nine hits, rookie Jerry Garvin held off the Orioles 3-1 to give the Blue Jays one of their two wins in six tries. With Baltimore runners on first and third and nobody out in the ninth inning, Garvin got two Birds to pop up and fanned another.
Also snuffing out an Oriole rally in the ninth was Jim Bibby of the Indians (1-4). Bibby came in from the bullpen to get the final three outs on strikes and save a 3-2 victory for Rick Waits.
NY 94-59 BALT 93-62 BOS 92-62 DET 72-83 CLEV 68-86 MIL 64-91 TOR 52-101
"I doubt if there has ever been a stretch drive like this one of ours," said Manager Whitey Herzog of his Royals. Kansas City (5-0), which clinched its second consecutive western title, had won 22 of 23 games and 33 of 37. While improving his record to 19-11, Dennis Leonard beat Seattle 8-3 and California 7-3. Leonard's 13 strikeouts against the Angels gave him 226 for the season, the second highest total in the league. A potent offense also kept the Royals going as they hammered seven homers and batted .311 as a team. Al Cowens drove in five runs in one game to increase his RBIs to 106. Both John Mayberry and George Brett connected for two homers, but the most talked-about smash was one by Outfielder Clint Hurdle in his first major league game. Hurdle, 20, clouted a ball 425 feet off a sign above the dancing waters in center-field at Royals Stadium.
Texas (6-1) pulled two games in front of Chicago in the battle for second place. Gay-lord Perry (14-12) was a two-time winner, 5-4 over Minnesota and 6-5 over Oakland. After Adrian Devine locked up the first of those wins with his 13th save, Perry tossed a three-hitter against the A's. Five homers and another save by Devine settled a 10-8 slugfest against the Twins. Receiving neither home-run support nor relief was Doyle Alexander (17-10), who nonetheless stopped Oakland 3-1 with a three-hitter. Mike Hargrove ignited the offense with five two-hit games.
Ten home runs and tight pitching kept Chicago (6-2) going. Steve Stone (15-11) beat Oakland 8-2, and Ken Kravec (10-3) blanked the A's 8-0 and defeated the Mariners 8-3. Utilityman Jack Brohamer, who entered the win over Seattle with a .225 batting average, had his best day of the season as he had four RBIs and hit for the cycle.
With Rod Carew hampered by lymphangitis in his right arm and with Larry Hisle out with the flu, the Twins (1-4) went all week without hitting for the cycle. Their lone win was a 4-3 defeat of the Brewers. Roy Smalley drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth, Dave Goltz picking up his 19th victory.
Bobby Bonds hit his 36th homer as the Angels (1-7) zapped the Rangers 5-2. In another game, Bonds stole his 40th base. Nolan Ryan probably should not pitch again this season, having been advised by a doctor that doing so might damage his weary right arm. But with a 20th victory and a possible Cy Young Award on the line, Ryan indicated he might keep on throwing anyway.