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"It may have been the most exciting moment in Brewer history," said Gorman Thomas of Milwaukee (3-3) about a three-run homer by Robin Yount that stunned Detroit 8-6. Jack Morris of the Tigers was within one strike of winning 6-5 when Yount came through with his shot on a 2-2 pitch. Thomas had hit a three-run homer earlier to tie Tony Armas of the A's for the league lead with 21. Detroit received another jolt the next day when Ben Oglivie walloped a two-run drive in the eighth for a 4-3 victory that gave the Brewers the division lead. Less dramatic but equally effective were the four RBIs that Ted Simmons had in a 10-8 win over Boston and the week-long barrage of hits by Cecil Cooper, who batted .400. And then there was the redoubtable Rollie Fingers. He tossed 5? innings of airtight relief to seal all three wins and increase his saves to 28, the most in the majors.
Detroit (3-3) regained first place Sunday as Dan Petry bumped off Milwaukee 2-1. Earlier, Milt Wilcox, who had an 0-9 career record against the Orioles, beat the Birds 5-1. And rookie George Cappuzzello, who wasn't even listed on the programs in Baltimore, was a 6-3 victor in Memorial Stadium when he fired 7? innings of three-hit relief. Although he was batting less than .200, John Wockenfuss was the DH in both games because Manager Sparky Anderson wanted to give him a chance to play in front of family members who had come to Baltimore from nearby Delaware. Wockenfuss showed his gratitude by getting five RBIs.
When Boston (3-4) drubbed Milwaukee 9-3, seven Red Sox batters had two hits apiece. That contributed to a .308 week by the Bosox hitters, who were led by Dwight Evans' nine RBIs and .344 average. Bob Stanley, the best long reliever in baseball this year, gave up only one hit in 5? innings as he chalked up his 10th win, 5-4 over Cleveland.
Just when the Orioles (3-4) were in danger of falling out of the race, their pitching shaped up. Dennis Martinez (14-5) beat Detroit 1-0, and Jim Palmer and Scott McGregor won in New York by respective scores of 5-1 and 1-0. The Dynamic D's supplied the punch: Jim Dwyer's homer in the ninth beat Detroit 1-0; Rich Dauer, Rick Dempsey and Doug DeCinces combined for five hits as Palmer won; and DeCinces' single and Dauer's double gave McGregor the only run he needed.
Cleveland (5-2) gave 'em H: Mike Hargrove, Von Hayes, Toby Harrah and Ron Hassey teamed up to bat .325, score 12 runs and drive in 12. Those four had 17 hits and eight RBIs during 5-2 and 7-5 victories in Boston. But John Denny may have been put out of commission until next season after Reggie Jackson of the Yankees (3-4) wrestled him to the ground and bruised some of his chest cartilage. Jackson, decked by a Denny pitch in his previous at bat, homered moments before grappling with the pitcher. Bobby Murcer's three-run pinch homer in the bottom of the ninth inning defeated Baltimore 6-4.
Ted Cox hit .368 for the Blue Jays (1-5). That, however, was hardly enough to keep them from falling into the basement.
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"All I can say that the Mariner slogan is IT CAN HAPPEN," Seattle Manager Rene Lachemann said. The Mariners (5-2), who had bumpety-bumped through most of the season like an old Maxwell on four flat tires, suddenly roared through Texas and Kansas City like a Maserati and actually had visions of a playoff berth. Five road victories in a row, Seattle's longest winning streak of the year, put the Mariners in fourth place, only 3� games out. Reliever Shane Rawley didn't allow a run in six innings in Texas, where he saved 3-2 and 2-1 wins and was a 2-1 victor. Rawley added two more runless innings against Kansas City and won 4-2 when Seattle scored twice in the ninth.