New York (4-2) got two wins from Ron Guidry and two saves from Goose Gossage. Cleveland found a lot to quarrel about even while winning four of seven. Pitcher Rick Waits claimed that some of his teammates didn't hustle during his 3-2 loss to Oakland. His teammates pointed out that no one complained when Waits went five weeks without a win. Moaned Outfielder Bobby Bonds, "I see us drifting apart." Toronto (1-5) drifted further apart. After Tom Buskey threw 2? hitless innings to save a 6-4 win over California, he got an ovation from Toronto fans, but no outstretched hand from Manager Roy Hartsfield. Buskey had shaken up the team a week earlier by suggesting that Hartsfield should be fired because he didn't know how to handle the pitchers. Newcomer Craig Kusick came to Hartsfield's defense, calling the Blue Jays "a first-class organization," and comparing it favorably to his previous employer, Minnesota.
Ron LeFlore stole four bases, increasing his league-leading total to 62, as Detroit split six games.
BALT 81-43 BOS 76-50 MIL 78-52 NY 69-57 DET 67-61 CLEV 65-64 TOR 40-88