st Minnesota’s Frank Viola stops the Tigers, 9–0 on 4 hits in front of 53,484 at Detroit. Kent Hrbek has three hits, including a homer, and 4 RBIs.
The Royals Paul Splittorff, whose 166 victories in 13 seasons are the most in club history, retires.
Brian Downing has a pair of 3-run homers to lead California to a 7-6 victory over the Brewers.
At the Vet, Houston unloads 13 runs to beat the Phils, 13-1, behind Joe Niekro. Jerry Mumphrey drives in 6 runs with a pair of homers and Dennis Walling and Jose Cruz each score 4 runs.
Cleveland makes it easy for Don Schulze (7 IP, 2 ER) by scoring 15 runs as the Indians win, 15-3 over the Rangers. Carmen Castillo drives in 5 runs, 4 with a grand slam.
2nd At Arlington Stadium, the Yankees take a 5–0 lead after three innings despite having three runners thrown out at bases in the first inning. It won’t happen again this century. Texas comes back to win, 7–6.
At Fenway, the A’s batter Roger Clemens for 6 runs in 7 innings, then score 3 runs off Mark Clear in the 11th to win, 9-6. Bill Caudill (8-1) is the winner. Rickey Henderson steals 4 bases for the 9th time in his career.
4th Phil Niekro strikes out 5 batters in the Yankees 5–0 win over Texas to become the 9th pitcher in ML history to record 3,000 career strikeouts.
Jim Rice caps a 5-for-6 day with a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Boston a 13–9 win over Oakland.
At San Francisco, the Cardinals sweep a pair from the Giants, winning 4–3 and 5–1. This is the last regularly scheduled July 4th doubleheader this century.
5th Down 4–1 with 2 outs in the 9th, the visiting Tigers score six runs to beat the Rangers, 7–4. Lou Whitaker’s bases loaded single scores two, Trammell’s single scores another, and Gibson seals it with a three run shot down the RF line. Charlie Hough is the loser, while reliever Aurelio Lopez goes 7–0.
The hot-hitting Jim Rice belts a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 1st and Dwight Evans has a grand slam and 6 RBIs as the Red Sox outslug the visiting Angels, 12-7. Bill Buckner has 4 hits.
7th The Orioles get complete game victories from Scott McGregor and Mike Flanagan as they beat the Royals, 6-2 and 8-0. Flanagan allows 3 hits in the game 2 shutout. In game 1, Eddie Murray hits his 2nd grand slam in less than three weeks.
10th On the 50th anniversary of Carl Hubbell’s legendary 5 consecutive strikeouts in the 1934 All-Star Game, NL pitchers Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden combine to fan 6 batters in a row for a new All-Star Game record in the NL’s 3–1 triumph. After Valenzuela whiffs Dave Winfield, Reggie Jackson, and George Brett in the 4th inning, Gooden, the youngest All-Star ever at age 19, fans Lance Parrish, Chet Lemon, and Alvin Davis in the 5th.
13thAt Minnesota, Detroit tops the Twins, 5–3, when Lou Whitaker bloops an inside-the-park homer to win it. Detroit sends it to extra innings when RF Kirk Gibson throws out Tim Teufel at home with two out in the 9th. Willie Hernandez (5–0) is the winner.
14th Roger Clemens allows a single in the first against the Mariners, then gives up a leadoff HR in the 2nd to Al Cowens and leaves in the 3rd after allowing 8 hits. The Mariners beat the Red Sox, 5–4.
15thDennis Eckersley tops the Dodgers, 4–1, to move the Cubs a half-game behind the Mets in the NL East. Fernando Valenzuela is the loser.
The Mets lose 8–3 to Atlanta, as Dwight Gooden takes the loss.
16thDon Mattingly has 4 hits and Dave Winfield cracks a 1st inning grand slam as the Yankees edge the visiting Rangers, 9-8. Texas scores 4 in the 9th to take the lead but the Yankees use 4 hits and 2 errors to score 4 runs and win.
18th At Busch, Darrell Porter belts a 2-out walkoff grand slam to give the Cardinals an 8-4 win over the Giants. All the runs are charged to Bob Lacey.
19th Orel Hershiser pitches his 3rd straight shutout for the Dodgers, striking out 9 in a 10–0 two-hitter at St. Louis.
20th Trailing 3–1 entering the 9th inning, Toronto scores 11 times on 11 hits and hangs on to beat Seattle 12–7. Alvin Davis has a grand slam for the Mariners in the bottom of the inning as the two teams combine for a record 15 runs in the frame.
21st Bill Buckner has a grand slam, Jim Rice hits a 3 run homer and Tony Armas goes solo as the Red Sox crush the host Angels, 16-4.
22nd At Detroit, Dave Bergman hits a lead off homer for the Tigers, and they score another on a wild pitch h to beat the Rangers, 2–0. Charlie Hough goes all the way for Texas, while Dave Petry (13–4) is lifted with one on, two out in the 9th. Hernandez retires Pete O’Brien for the win. Detroit (66–29) leads the East by 9 games.
23rd Angels Mike Witt strikes out 16 Mariners in a 7–1 victory.
24th San Diego’s Tony Gwynn goes 3-for-4 in an 8–2 win over Cincinnati to raise his batting average to .362, best in the majors. Gwynn will finish the season at .351 to win his first NL batting title.
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces that free-agent pitcher Vida Blue will be suspended for the remainder of the season as a result of his conviction on cocaine possession charges last November.
At Montreal, the Pirates score a record-tying 8 runs in the 11th (The NL record will be upped to 9 on June 28, 1994 by the Padres) as they beat the Expos, 12-5. Bob James and Jeff Reardon each give up 4. Benny Difestano’s second hit in the frame is a grand slam off James.
The Expos trade P Andy McGaffigan and minor leaguer Jim Jefferson to the Reds for 1B Dan Driessen. Driessen will take over for Rose at 1B.
27th Pete Rose collects his 3,053rd career single off Steve Carlton in the 7th inning of Montreal’s 6–1 win over Philadelphia, passing Ty Cobb as baseball’s all-time singles king.
The Red Sox and Tigers almost match shutouts, as the Tigers win 9–1 and the Red Sox come back, 4–0. Rich Gedman’s 9th inning homer in the opener off Dan Petry (14-4) is the only Sox score. Tiger catcher Lance Parrish has a 2-run homer and a straight steal of home. Wade Boggs lines 4 hits and Bob Ojeda allows just 3 hits in the nightcap to win for Boston. Detroit leads in the East by 12 games.
At LA, Gary Redus singles in the 1st and 9th, the only hits given up by Bob Welch as the Dodgers beat the Reds, 1–0. Hume loses on an unearned run in the 6th.
28th Frank Viola allows 3 hits as the Twins beat the Angels, 6-1. Randy Bush has 3 hits himself, including a grand slam.
29thThe first two Phillies batters—Juan Samuel and Von Hayes—greet Montreal’s Bill Gullickson with home runs. Hayes adds another homer and the Phils win on a 2-run pinch homer by John Matuszek in the 9th, 6–4.
Tim Lollar fires a 2-hitter and Steve Garvey and Gary Templeton homer as the Padres douse the Astros, 9-0. Templeton’s homer is a grand slam off starter Mike LaCoss in the 6th.
30thAt San Diego, Dave Dravecky allows one hit—a double to Bill Russell in the 7th—as the Padres rout the Dodgers, 12–0.
31stAt Wrigley, Rich Bordi is one out away from a one-hit shutout when Juan Samuel homers for the Phillies to tie at the game at one apiece. The Phils score a run in the 12thon a sac fly from Von Hayes and edge the Cubs, 2-1. It is Chicago’s first loss in extra innings in 8 games. They remain a half game behind the Mets, losers to the Cardinals.