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Bump Wills, the best little second baseman in Texas (3-3), had four hits, as did Al Oliver, during a 12-2 laugher over Oakland. And Doc Medich, the best surgeon in baseball, performed a bypass operation on Twins hitters, who swung over, under and around his pitches in a 6-0 two-hit defeat. Mickey Rivers, who batted .500, had three hits in that game.
Manager Rene Lachemann of the Mariners (3-3) twice beat the percentages when he let lefthanded batters stand in against southpaws. Lachemann, aware that Bruce Bochte had hit well against Chicago's Jerry Koosman, put him in the lineup. Bochte came through with a homer in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie and ignite an 8-4 triumph. Later, hoping "to get Danny Meyer's confidence back," Lachemann didn't lift him for a pinch swinger when lefty Paul Splittorff relieved for Kansas City. Meyer responded with his first homer of the season and the second of three in the inning for the Mariners, who won 4-1.
Four White Sox (3-3) were thumbed from one game for arguing with the umps. Chicago's loss that day to the Mariners was part of a prolonged downward spiral: 17 defeats in 22 games while tumbling from first to fifth.
The Angels (0-6) played like the Disneyland characters with whom they share Anaheim. California hitters batted like Mickey Mouse (.237), fielded like Goofy (six errors) and ran like Donald Duck (one steal).
KC 22-17 OAK 19-18 MINN 19-21 TEX 17-20 CHI 16-23 SEA 16-23 CAL 12-25
Carl Yastrzemski called it "the most unbelievable comeback I've ever seen" after Boston (6-1) scored seven runs, with two out in the eighth, to jolt New York 8-5. The final blow was a three-run homer by lefthanded hitter Rick Miller, who was swinging at a 3-0 pitch from southpaw Dave LaRoche. It was the 28th come-from-behind victory for the Red Sox, and the 16th time they had won in their last at bat. It also ended a string of nine straight Sox losses to New York at Fenway Park. The next day two homers by Tony Perez beat the Yankees 4-1 and moved Boston to within half a game of first. Carney Lansford's single in the 10th gave Dennis Eckersley a 2-1 win in the second game of a four-game sweep of Detroit. Four RBIs by Jim Rice and the pitching of Bob Ojeda enabled Boston to take the finale 6-1.
A 5-1 Sunday triumph over the Indians by Jack Morris (13-5) put the Tigers (2-5) back on top after the Brewers had been there for two days. Earlier, streaky Detroit lost five straight. Seventy-eight percent of the Tigers' wins and 62% of their losses have come in streaks of three games or more.
Moose Haas and Randy Lerch of Milwaukee (4-2) beat New York 2-1 and 3-2, respectively, as both received stellar relief from Rollie Fingers. Four innings of shutout relief by Jamie Easterly sealed a 5-1 victory over Baltimore for Pete Vuckovich (13-4).
Bennie Ayala's three-run pinch homer in the ninth carried the Orioles (3-2) past the Indians 7-6. A five-hitter by Jim Palmer plus two homers and five RBIs by Lenn Sakata took care of Milwaukee 8-2. Bobby Murcer of the Yanks (2-4) delivered in the clutch, singling in the eighth to defeat Boston 6-4.