Oakland (1-5) ended a seven-game losing streak by beating Boston 8-4 as newly acquired Rico Carty hit a home run. Oddly, Oakland seemed the most placid team in a warring division. "Damn, it's relaxing out here," said Reggie Jackson of the Yankees.
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Leading 5-3 in the seventh. New York (4-2) was rained out after a 36-minute delay in Baltimore. The score automatically reverted to the previous completed inning, and suddenly the Yankees were 3-0 losers—not 5-3 winners. Predictably, they were furious. "The little shrimp [ Oriole Manager Earl Weaver] has these umpires intimidated," said Lou Piniella, speaking at the top of his lungs so that the umpires in the adjoining room could hear. "Weaver shows up the bums all day, then they don't nail him to the wall when they have the chance." The next night the Yankee-Oriole game was delayed by a 23-minute power failure at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, but the lights came back on. Mickey Rivers scored one run and drove in another, and Graig Nettles hit a two-run homer as New York won 4-1. The Yankees also were generous winners. Piniella called a fielding play that Baltimore Shortstop Mark Belanger made on his grounder "the greatest I've ever seen." Smiling from coast to coast, the Yankees took two more in Oakland and a rare road win over Seattle, where they had won only two in their previous eight attempts.
Milwaukee (6-2) began the week in despair, losing to the Red Sox 4-3 in 10 innings—the Brewers' 15th loss in 20 games. Eleven games behind Boston, the Brewers had to convince themselves they weren't out of the race. A visit by Toronto was the perfect elixir. Jerry Augustine stopped the Blue Jays 9-1, and Mike Caldwell and Ed Rodriguez cleaned up 8-1 and 3-2 in a doubleheader. Crowed Paul Molitor, who won the second game of the doubleheader with a two-run single, "Playing these guys is like facing Bob Uecker in batting practice." All the Blue Jays (1-6) had to crow about was Bob Bailor, who went 4 for 5 and scored the winning run from second base on a forceout as Toronto beat the Royals 3-2 in 10 innings.
With Carl Yastrzemski and Fred Lynn sidelined for varying periods, the Boston (4-3) attack leaned heavily on Jim Rice, who hit .455 with two homers and seven RBIs.
Baltimore (2-4) had 11 hits against California but Jim Palmer lost 4-3 on a base-running mistake by Rick Dempsey and some defensive lapses by his outfielders. The Orioles are 19-17 since the All-Star break. Detroit (5-2) has a 25-11 record over the same period. Last week's heroes were Jack Billing-ham and Steve Kemp. Supposedly washed up when he reported from Cincinnati at the start of the season, Billingham won his 13th game in 18 decisions as a Tiger, whipping Cleveland 2-0. Booed one night when he booted away a game with two errors, Kemp came back two days later to drive in six runs.
The Indians (1-7) could not even come up with a good joke. "Is that the right time?" Manager Jeff Torborg asked a reporter. "Ten-oh-three," the writer said. "Time flies when you're having fun," Torborg said. Nobody laughed.
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