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"MVP, MVP, MVP." That was the chant that reverberated throughout Milwaukee's County Stadium as Robin Yount of the Brewers (3-3) circled the bases after his 26th home run. Yount's homer was his second of the night, and it topped off his three-hit, six-RBI effort in a 15-6 blitzing of the Orioles. Baltimore (3-3), which had come to town three games in back of Milwaukee, had taken a 4-0 lead in the first inning of the opener of that three-game weekend series. The Birds tightened up the race on Saturday by beating the Brewers 7-2 behind Jim Palmer (15-4), who retired the last 14 men in a row on a total of only 23 pitches. On Sunday afternoon, Baltimore reduced its deficit to two games as Dennis Martinez and Tippy Martinez teamed up to pitch a six-hitter during a 5-2 triumph in Milwaukee. For Dennis, that was his 15th win; for Tippy, it was his 16th save. Eddie Murray of the Orioles walloped his 31st homer of the season in that game and Gorman Thomas of the Brewers connected for his 39th, which leads both leagues.
Both teams had begun the week with dramatic victories. Baltimore started off by beating Detroit 3-1 when John Lowenstein slugged a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Ben Oglivie of Milwaukee also homered in the last of the ninth—on an 0-2 pitch with two out—to force Boston into extra innings. Pete Vuckovich (18-4) went the distance and won in the 11th when Yount and Cecil Cooper singled, Ted Simmons sacrificed and Gorman Thomas brought the run home with a sacrifice fly. Oglivie's 32nd homer and four-hit pitching by Mike Caldwell (17-12) also beat the Red Sox 3-1.
Two of the things that have hurt Boston (3-3) the most this season have been the 146 home runs given up by the pitching staff and the 162 double plays the Sox have hit into. The major league mark for hitting into double plays is 170, set in 1950 by the Philadelphia Athletics. Nonetheless, Boston clung to third place as Jim Rice singled in the 10th to defeat Milwaukee 4-3 and John Tudor whiffed nine Yankees while winning 4-2.
Detroit (4-3) handed Baltimore two costly setbacks, 11-1 and 10-5. In the first of those games, Tiger Lance Parrish walloped his 30th home run, tying the league record for catchers held by Yogi Berra (1956) and Gus Triandos (1958). Jack Morris (17-16) shut out Cleveland 4-0. And in the completion of a June 9 game that was suspended after 14 innings with the score 3-3, the Tigers beat the Indians 4-3 when Ed Glynn came in from the bullpen with the bases loaded and made just one delivery—a wild pitch—in the 18th.
Cleveland (4-3) had more success in New York (2-4) in a battle for fifth place. By scoring four runs in the ninth—two on a single by Mike Hargrove, one on a double by Larry Milbourne and the last on an error—the Tribe won 9-8. In the nightcap of that doubleheader, Dave Righetti ended the longest Yankee losing streak since 1953 at nine games by defeating the Indians 6-2. Cleveland won the rubber game 5-0 as Rick Sutcliffe (14-6) lowered his ERA to a league-leading 2.85. Ron Hassey had his finest week of the season, batting .533.
Dave Stieb of Toronto (3-3), who leads the league in innings pitched (279) and is the league leader in complete games, went the route for the 17th and 18th times while beating Minnesota 5-1 and Seattle 6-2. For Stieb, those were his 15th and 16th wins, a team record. Jim Clancy (14-14) won his third game in four starts when Damaso Garcia drew a walk with the bases full in the 10th inning to beat the Twins 3-2.
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A three-game sweep of the Royals (page 16) put the Angels (5-2) on cloud nine. California soared some more by winning twice in Texas, 10-1 behind Bruce Kison and 6-5 with a seventh-inning rally that included home runs by Rod Carew, who hit .435 for the week, and Doug DeCinces. That win went to Dave Goltz, who yielded only one hit in 3⅓ innings of relief. Three days earlier, Goltz had hurled 3⅔ perfect innings to lock up an 8-5 victory over Kansas City. The Royals (1-5) ended a seven-game skid by beating Oakland 7-4 as Larry Gura (18-11) kept alive his quest for a 20-win season.