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Harold Baines and Greg Luzinski each drove in his 100th run of the year, the first time the White Sox (3-4) have had two such productive hitters since Luke Appling and Zeke Bonura in 1936. Steve Dillard got five RBIs during a 13-1 clobbering of Minnesota. Not bad for a player who had been visiting his folks in Mississippi two weeks earlier following the conclusion of his Triple A season. Dillard got his chance when he was called up by the White Sox to replace injured Second Baseman Tony Bernazard.
Ed Vande Berg of the Mariners (5-2) pitched 6⅔ innings of shutout relief while picking up his fourth and fifth saves and his ninth victory. Those outings raised Vande Berg's appearance total to 74, a record for an American League rookie. Two other Mariner youngsters—John Moses, 25, and Bryan Clark, 26—did well. Since being called up from the minors on Aug. 20, Moses had gone 8 for 22 with six extra-base blows. One of Moses' hits was a ninth-inning double that knocked off Toronto 3-2. Clark, who escaped the bullpen because Gaylord Perry was sitting out a 10-day suspension for having allegedly doctored the ball on Aug. 23, won twice as a starter. After beating Chicago 5-2 with an assist from Vande Berg, Clark defeated Toronto 7-0. Old hand Bruce Bochte also helped the Mariners put together their most successful week since early June by pounding out a club-record seven consecutive hits, slamming a pair of home runs and batting a resounding .500.
Two new additions from the minors enabled Oakland (4-2) to twice defeat Texas. Tim Conroy's five-hitter took care of the Rangers 6-1, and Steve Baker, with relief from Dave Beard, was a 5-3 victor. The A's dealt the Royals a 5-4 setback on Sunday, the ninth loss in 10 games for Kansas City, which concluded the week 3½ lengths behind California. Oakland scored the decisive run in the eighth inning when Jeff Burroughs, Davey Lopes and Mike Heath all came through with two-out singles.
Frank Tanana of Texas (3-4), who had been backed by no more than two runs in 26 of 28 previous starts, reveled in some rare support as he beat Oakland 10-3. Mike Richardt, who drove in four runs in that game, teamed up with two other rookies as the Rangers stung the Angels 5-4. After Dave Hosteller had singled in the ninth of a 4-4 deadlock, Richardt sent pinch runner Nick Capra to third with a single. Capra then scored the decisive run when California Catcher Bob Boone threw wildly to third on a pickoff attempt.
Randy Bush proved he was no busher, homering twice as Minnesota (2-4) defeated Toronto 4-1. That extended the Twins' winning streak to four games, their longest of the season. Bobby Castillo won that game and on Sunday was a 2-1 winner over the White Sox. That gave Castillo five victories in his last six decisions.
CAL 89-67 KC 85-70 CHI 82-73 SEA 75-80 OAK 66-89 TEX 62-94 MINN 58-97
It was no surprise that Bruce Sutter earned his 34th and 35th saves, or that Joaquin Andujar (15-10) won twice, or that George Hendrick batted .500 for St. Louis (4-3). What was a bit surprising was that Dave LaPoint and John Stuper pitched so splendidly. LaPoint, who hadn't started in 18 days, went eight strong innings against Pittsburgh and won 2-1, thanks to an eighth-inning, run-scoring single by Tommy Herr and Sutter's finishing touch. Stuper, who was 6-14 in the American Association last season, ran his record as a Cardinal to 9-6 by beating Chicago 3-1 on four hits. Andujar hurled a three-hitter against the Cubs, winning 5-1 five days after he and Sutter had beaten the Phillies 4-1. All of which made Manager Whitey Herzog (page 34) breathe easier.
One of the surprising things about Andujar's 4-1 triumph was that Manager Pat Corrales of Philadelphia (3-4) ordered an intentional walk to Keith Hernandez to get at Hendrick, who had already driven in 22 runs against the Phillies this season. Hendrick responded with a two-RBI double. But that wasn't the strangest occurrence. That came when Philly Catcher Ozzie Virgil tried to throw out a runner advancing from first to second on a base on balls. Virgil compounded his gaffe by pegging the ball into center, thereby setting up another St. Louis run. Philadelphia's Steve Carlton ended the Cardinals' eight-game victory streak, winning 5-2 as he struck out 14, and stroked a single and double. That gave Carlton a 35-10 career record against St. Louis.
Carlton (21-11), however, continued to have trouble with the Mets (5-2), his 2-1 loss to Craig Swan dropping his record against them to 26-31. Ron Gardenhire hit .440 and gave New York a 2-1 victory over Montreal when he homered in the 10th.