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It was, as Dave Stieb put it, "a fun-filled week" for the Blue Jays. Especially for All-Star Stieb, who defeated Detroit 4-3 on Wednesday and was married on Friday. Other Jays had fun, too. Buck Martinez and Otto Velez hit three-run homers to beat the Tigers 6-4 and halt a 12-game losing streak. Roy Lee Jackson saved three straight games with five innings of scoreless relief. Damaso Garcia had the first 4-for-4 game of his career and his first game-winning RBI of the season. And newcomer Greg (Boomer) Wells was 4 for 8 with two run-scoring pinch singles.
After Ken Singleton and Eddie Murray of the Orioles hit back-to-back homers in the first inning of the opener against the Royals, the Birds went hitless for 10? innings. Singleton broke the spell with a double in the 12th, and then John Lowenstein gave the Orioles a 3-2 victory with an RBI single. Doug DeCinces made two dazzling plays at third base and drove in both runs during a 2-1 win over Kansas City, and then slugged a grand slam as Dennis Martinez downed Chicago 4-0 on three hits.
While taking four of five games in Cleveland, the Brewers hammered out 65 hits. Cecil Cooper, a .400 batter for the week, was the big gun against the Indians as he went 13 for 23 with three homers and four doubles. Gorman Thomas homered twice last week and had 11 RBIs. And reliever Rollie Fingers, who picked up three saves, preserved both ends of a 6-2, 2-0 doubleheader sweep on Sunday in Toronto.
Six homers—two by Joe Rudi—helped Red Sox rookie lefthander Bobby Ojeda, just up from Pawtucket, coast past the White Sox 8-1. Carl Yastrzemski, using a new stance in an effort to hit the ball to all fields, had a homer and three RBIs to stop Chicago 9-6, and then singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th as the Red Sox won 5-3 in Texas, where they hadn't won since July 15, 1980.
Tommy John, Ron Davis and Rudy May of the Yankees teamed up for a three-hitter and a 2-0 triumph over the Rangers. Graig Nettles homered in that game, and later hit a two-run shot to beat Texas 5-4.
Milt Wilcox of the Tigers attributes much of his success in recent years to a pair of wooden "Hawaiian war gods" he keeps in his locker. Of more practical value to Wilcox was the last-out relief of Kevin Saucier, who nailed down a 1-0, three-hit win over New York. Overall, Saucier had a win and two saves. Alan Trammell, who hit .423, drove in the only run in Wilcox's win and singled in the ninth to beat Toronto 4-3. Kirk Gibson's three-run homer in the ninth decked New York 5-4 on Sunday.
Cleveland sent Joe Charboneau, last season's Rookie of the Year, and his .206 average to the minors. Rick Manning's three RBIs and Mike Hargrove's four hits downed Milwaukee 9-4. A pinch RBI single by rookie Von Hayes led to an 8-6 defeat of K.C.
MIL 6-3 BALT 4-3 DET 4-3 TOR 4-3 BOS 3-4 NY 3-4 CLEV 2-7