Jerry Koosman, who grew up in Appleton, Minn., gave the Twins a further boost with two saves. Koosman, 37, only so-so (3-9, 5.01 ERA) as a starter this year, may have found a new career in the bullpen. During the second season he has picked up five saves and has not allowed an earned run in 15 innings of relief. But on Sunday the Twins traded Koosman to Chicago (2-4) for $150,000, two minor leaguers and a player to be named later. Koosman agreed to the deal after the White Sox extended his contract through 1982 and gave him a $100,000 signing bonus. Chicago's Dennis Lamp had a no-hitter for eight innings, but Robin Yount led off the ninth for the Brewers with a bloop double; Lamp was a 5-1 winner. Britt Burns ran his string of scoreless innings to 24 and lowered his ERA to 2.39, second in the league to Lamp, when he shut out the Yankees for seven innings before rain interrupted play. When the game resumed, Greg Luzinski hit a three-run homer minutes before another deluge ended the contest and gave reliever Lamarr Hoyt a 3-1 victory.
The Texas (4-2) bullpen got a chance to rest, thanks to three straight complete-game wins in a row: Doc Medich and Ferguson Jenkins won 3-0 and 6-1, respectively, in Toronto, and Danny Darwin held off Milwaukee 5-1. Powering the offense were Al Oliver, who hit .375, and Buddy Bell, who batted .545 and had seven RBIs, giving him a league-leading 56.
Reliever Dan Quisenberry of the Royals (4-2) had his hitless streak broken after 11⅓ innings but notched two saves. Three homers by Willie Aikens and a pair of game-winning hits by seldom-used Rance Mulliniks also perked up Kansas City. "Hal McRae calls me Mascot," Mulliniks pointed out. "He says I'm here on scholarship. Well, maybe I've earned it now."
The Angels (4-2) stole seven bases during an 8-7 triumph over the Red Sox, but it was not until Bobby Grich singled in the 10th that the outcome was settled. That was one of nine RBIs for Grich, who connected for four home runs. Rick Burleson batted .476. California defeated Baltimore 7-1 on Sunday behind Andy Hassler's five innings of sparkling relief and three home runs by the Angels.
Oakland's 3.14 ERA is the league's best, but the A's (2-4) were shelled once again at Fenway Park, where their ERA is a blimpy 6.43. Despite outhomering the Red Sox 6-1, the A's lost to them 6-5, 12-5 and 7-6 before winning their first in 11 tries there, 5-3, thanks to three more homers. Before coming east, Oakland floored Cleveland 16-4 with a 20-hit, three-homer assault.
The Mariners (0-6) had a 10-game losing streak that dropped them from second all the way to seventh. Seattle couldn't blame Richie Zisk, who hit .474 and raised his season's average to .342, the highest in the league.
CHI 10-9 KC 10-10 TEX 9-9 CAL 9-9 OAK 9-9 MINN 9-12 SEA 7-13
"We want the day to come when other teams say, 'The Padres are the smartest team in baseball,' " said San Diego General Manager Jack McKeon. "We have to teach our young players how to do all the little things it takes to win the close games." Little things, big things, the Padres (1-6) had difficulty doing any of them right as they dropped four one-run contests and lowered their record in that category to 6-22. Only three Padres were productive: Luis Salazar, whose .500 week raised his average to .313; Juan Bonilla, who batted .393; and Ruppert Jones, who drove in seven runs. Those three players combined for seven hits on Sunday as San Diego snapped its seven-game losing streak by knocking off the Cardinals 9-6.
Manager Frank Robinson came down hard on the Giants (5-2) for failing to concentrate and for being picked off bases. One of several players who took exception to the scolding was Jack Clark, who said of Robinson, "He's made a lot of managing mistakes, but nobody gets down on him." Clark's four RBIs beat the Pirates 5-4 in 13 innings, Ed Whitson's four-hitter subdued Pittsburgh 5-1 and Tom Griffin blanked the Bucs 5-0.