Jack Morris of first-place Detroit (4-2) was on target when he beat Boston 3-1 with a two-hitter, but when he rushed off the mound to acknowledge Rick Leach's high five he completely missed his teammate's hand. Congratulations were also in order for Dan Schatzeder, who tossed 6? innings of one-hit relief to defeat Cleveland 6-3, and for Lance Parrish, who finished off the Indians 11-9 with a two-run homer in the 12th inning.
Rookie lefthander Bob Ojeda of the Red Sox (3-3) went into the ninth at Yankee Stadium with a no-hitter, but Rick Cerone and Dave Winfield opened the inning with pinch doubles. Mark Clear preserved the 2-1 triumph for Ojeda, who is 5-2 and has a 2.67 ERA. Earlier in the week Ojeda had held Detroit to only one hit in 7? innings.
Dave Righetti of New York (4-2) was another rookie lefthander who continued to excel, fanning 11 Bosox in seven innings and winning 4-1 with relief from Goose Gossage. That left Righetti with a 6-2 record and a 1.59 ERA. Graig Nettles hit .500 and slugged three home runs, and Yankee pitchers kept up their fine work. During Part II the New York staff has given up only seven hits a game, struck out 199 and fashioned a 2.05 ERA.
John Denny of Cleveland (2-5) and Dennis Martinez of Baltimore (3-4) also maintained their form. Denny had his string of scoreless innings broken at 34? but struck out 10 Orioles in 7? innings and won 4-1. Martinez earned his 12th victory, 2-1 over Milwaukee. Al Bumbry hit .462 and Eddie Murray spiced his .423 average with 10 RBIs.
Toronto (2-4) twice blanked Seattle, Luis Leal and Joey McLaughlin combining for a 2-0 victory and Dave Stieb winning 3-0.
Brewer President Bud Selig couldn't stand his team's shoddy play any longer. So, after the Brewers (3-4) made four errors in one inning, Selig turned off the game telecast in his private box and watched the Miami- Pittsburgh football contest.
DET 22-11 NY 19-14 MIL 20-15 BALT 18-15 BOS 17-15 CLEV 17-18 TOR 15-16
Those were not dogs barking. Those were yells of "Roof-Roof-Roof" by St. Louis fans, who were turned on by Gene Roof, a 23-year-old outfielder just up from the minors. Roof was on top of things during a 4-2 victory over New York; he had two hits, an RBI, scored once and stole a base. That ended a five-game skid by the first-place Cardinals (3-3), who defeated the Mets 4-2 again when seldom-used Julio Gonzalez slammed a two-run homer in the 13th.
"Earlier in the year we might have found a way to lose this game," Catcher Jody Davis said after the Cubs (4-2) hung on to defeat the Expos 6-5. Montreal trailed 5-0 after two innings but had narrowed the score to 6-5 and had men on first and third with none out in the ninth. Willie Hernandez struck out Warren Cromartie and Tim Raines, and Davis applied the finishing touch to a game-ending double play by gunning down Wallace Johnson on an attempted steal of second. The Cubs, last and least at the end of Part I, were third and snarling. The turf in St. Louis may have been ersatz, but the Cubs were for real as they broke an 0-for-17 streak on artificial grass by sweeping three games by scores of 10-0, 4-3 and 7-3. Bobby Bonds slugged a pair of home runs as Doug Bird breezed through the opener with a three-hitter and then hit two more in the finale.