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Kansas City (5-2) didn't live by Brett alone (page 14). Reliever Dan Quisenberry, who pitched in four straight games and five overall, didn't allow a run in 8? innings while getting four saves and his 10th win. Quisenberry attributed his success to the effectiveness of his best pitch, which he calls his " Peggy Lee," and the absence of another, which he has labeled his "Titanic." His Peggy Lee, an underhand sinker, is so called because puzzled batters look at it and, according to Quiz, say, "Is that all there is?" When Quisenberry's touch is askew, he is apt to throw his Titanic, an "unsinkable" pitch that "usually sails over the fence." Quisenberry leads the majors with 28 saves, two coming last week in support of Rich Gale, who won for the 10th and 11th times in succession.
Despite being outhit 10-2 and getting two wild pitches and a pair of balks from Mike Norris, Oakland (1-5) defeated Boston 2-1. The A's first hit off Dennis Eckersley was a leadoff single in the seventh by Mitchell Page, who stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly. Oakland's other hit was an eighth-inning homer by Mario Guerrero. Ed Farmer picked up his 21st and 22nd saves for Chicago (4-3), the latter sealing a 2-0 victory for Britt Burns over Toronto.
Fine relief work gave four other teams a lift. Danny Darwin of the Rangers (4-4) retired all eight Brewers he faced as he brought his record to 11-2 with a 7-5 triumph. Doug Corbett of the Twins (5-4) gave up just one hit in 3? innings as he achieved his 13th and 14th saves. And Minnesota's Fernando Arroyo, pitching three shutout innings, was a 6-5 winner over Detroit. Four days earlier, in a starting role, Arroyo had beaten California 8-3. The only win for the Angels (1-7) came when Andy Hassler tossed three innings of hitless relief against the Yankees to wrap up an 8-4 victory. For the Mariners (3-3), it was Shane Rawley who got the job done. Rawley held off the Yankees 6-4 when he worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth by getting two strikeouts and a soft fly ball. Rob Dressler's two victories—4-3 over Oakland and 3-1 over Boston—were saved by Rawley. who got the last three outs each time. But Rick Honeycutt, an early-season whiz when he was 7-1, lost to New York 3-1, his record dropping to 8-14.
KC 79-44 OAK 63-61 TEX 59-63 MINN 54-70 CHI 52-68 CAL 49-72 SEA 44-78
"We thrive on it," said Scott McGregor of the Orioles (7-0) when the subject of pennant pressure came up. Indeed they do. During August-to-the-finish drives in the past 12 seasons, Baltimore has played .619 ball. The 1980 Orioles have a 29-9 record since July 15, a spurt that has brought them from 11 games back to within half a length of the Yankees. A crowd of 50,073 in Baltimore saw McGregor blank New York 1-0 on Sunday and 51,528 watched the Birds hold off the Yankees 6-5 the next day. In all, 253,636 fans attended the five-day matchup, a major league record for any series. McGregor also won 7-1 in California as Rich Dauer, a .429 batter last week, had four hits. That was victory No. 15 for McGregor. Steve Stone didn't allow the Angels a hit for 7? innings and won 5-2 to become the season's first 20-game winner. He picked up No. 21 in Oakland, where Dan Graham homered twice and had four RBIs as Stone won 4-2. Tim Stoddard got the last five outs of that game, all on strikeouts.
Could it be that the team from the Big Apple swallowed a McIntosh? The New Yorkers hit into nine double plays and stranded 57 runners, 14 during a 6-4 loss to Seattle in which they outhit the Mariners 12-6. Owner George Steinbrenner flew to Seattle to render advice. As a result, Bobby Murcer was made the full-time DH. Steinbrenner also told Manager Dick Howser to play Bob Watson full time at first base rather than platoon him with slumping Jim Spencer. Ron Guidry was put in the bullpen, a move he had volunteered to make anyway. Rudy May, who replaced Guidry in the rotation, was a 5-2 winner over California as Watson homered, Rick Cerone drove in three runs and Rich Gossage earned his 21st save.
The Brewers (4-4) got their hopes up when a 12-5 romp over the Tigers put them within 6� games of first, but then their pitching collapsed. While dropping four of the next five games, Brewer pitchers were shelled for 36 runs. Not even the potent Milwaukee offense could overcome that. Cecil Cooper hit .441 and his 11 RBIs brought him to 95, tops in both leagues; Ben Oglivie slugged four of the team's 13 homers to reach 32; and Robin Yount picked up his 1,000th career hit. Yount, who is 24 years and 11 months old, is one of the youngest ever to reach 1,000.
Two others who hit well were Dave Stapleton, 26, of the Red Sox (3-2) and Tom Brookens, 27, of the Tigers (4-5). A .417 week lifted Stapleton's average to .319. After being benched because he didn't run out a popup, Brookens returned to the lineup and went 1 for 9 before getting untracked. With 14 hits in his next 21 at bats, he had a .469 week that brought him up to .281. Brookens, a third baseman, was at his best during an 8-6 victory in Milwaukee, going 5 for 5 with a triple and homer, stealing a base and starting Detroit's first triple play since 1969 by gloving a line drive. Teammate Jack Morris also began the week on a dismal note—he was banished to the bullpen—and then came on strong. Because the Tigers needed an extra starter, Morris got the call in Minnesota. He gave up a first-inning single and two unearned runs—and then nothing more as he won 4-2.