Seattle lost four of five, all but assuring skipper Darrell Johnson of his first last-place finish in 30 years as a player, coach and manager. Even Shortstop Craig Reynolds, the lone Mariner in the All-Star Game, looked bad. Reynolds turned his back on White Sox runner Thad Bosley when he should have been faking Bosley back to third. Bosley kept running and scored the winning run as Reynolds stood with the ball in his hand.
KC 82-65 CAL 80-70 TEX 74-73 MINN 66-81 OAK 67-83 CHI 65-83 SEA 54-91
As the Yankees (5-1) continued flattening the Red Sox (1-6), Baltimore, Milwaukee and Detroit kept pipe-dreaming. "All the Red Sox and Yankees have to do is play .500, and if we keep winning it might be ours," said Baltimore Pitcher Dennis Martinez. "We're not knocked out," said Milwaukee Manager George Bamberger. "If we put a sixor seven-game winning streak together...we could end up second," said Tiger Centerfielder Ron LeFlore.
Then all three teams played like also-rans. Detroit split six, losing twice at home but getting encouragement from rookie Kip Young, who beat the Bombers 7-4. Dave Rozema topped Cleveland 1-0 for his second straight complete-game victory, and LeFlore hit .391.
Milwaukee's (3-4) divisional-title hopes were set back by three losses to Minnesota. Mike Caldwell (19-9), who has been to the Brewers what Ron Guidry has been to the Yankees, stopped the Orioles 4-3.
Baltimore (3-3) got two superb pitching performances from Dennis Martinez, who beat Boston 3-2 on three hits and Toronto 11-1 on six. Martinez has thrown six consecutive complete games. "I'm the best," he said, "and I love it." Jim Palmer, long accustomed to such acclaim, wasn't getting it from his teammates. Palmer beat Toronto 8-3, but left a game against Boston because he said he had arm trouble. Jim Rice's second homer subsequently won the game for the Red Sox. "Does Palmer have a guaranteed contract?" asked an Oriole. "If he does, why couldn't he pitch with pain?" Rich Dauer, however, pleased everyone. Dauer broke the league record for most consecutive games in a season without an error by a second baseman. Passing Bobby Doerr's old mark of 73, he has flawlessly handled 367 chances in 76 games.
First the good news in Toronto (1-3): Don Kirkwood threw his best game of the season, a six-hitter, to beat the Indians 7-1. On the other hand, Jesse Jefferson, 1-7 since July 2, was beaten 6-4 by Cleveland and 11-1 by Baltimore, and Victor Cruz was pummeled by the Orioles 8-3. In a sad (2-11) September, the Blue Jays faced the prospect of losing 100 games for the second year in a row. Thankfully, they had two scheduled days off and one rainout.
By contrast, the Indians (4-3) were enjoying their role as giant-killers. The staggering Red Sox limped into Municipal Stadium and were whipped twice. Cleveland rookies did some of the damage. In a 2-1 game, Outfielder Dan Briggs made an acrobatic catch of a bases-loaded fly ball, saving two runs, and later tripled and scored the winning run on Tom Veryzer's suicide squeeze. Wayne Cage contributed to a 4-3 win with a two-run homer.
NY 90-57 BOS 87-61 MIL 85-64 BALT 83-65 DET 80-67 CLEV 64-83 TOR 57-91