2ndAt Exhibition Field, the Expos beat the Blue Jays, 7-3, in the fourth Pearson Cup competition to aid minor-league baseball in Canada. Montreal leads the series 3-0-1.
3rdFans get their money’s worth at Fenway as the Sox and the Mariners combine for 33 hits, including 17 extra base hits. Boston prevails, 10-8. Seattle uses a ML-record 7 extra base hits in the 6th to score 7 runs. Gary Gray has a triple and homer in the frame.
4th At Baltimore, Jim Palmer one-hits the Twins 3–0 for Baltimore to get his 11th consecutive victory. The only hit is Gary Gaetti’s 2-out single in the 5th inning. It is Palmer’s 2nd career one-hitter against the Twins.
Power beats speed as the Giants top the Cardinals, 5-4 on Jack Clark’s 2-out 3-run homer in the 9th off Bruce Sutter. The Cards Lonnie Smith is 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored and 5 stolen bases.
5th Despite managing just one hit—Al Oliver’s solo home run in the 2nd inning off Garber—the Expos beat the Braves 2–1 on Rafael Ramirez’s error in the bottom of the 9th. Kenny Rogers is the winner.
6th In an 8–2 win over the Yankees, Benny Ayala belts the Orioles’ 11th pinch home run of the season to break the AL record set by the 1961 Yankees. The win is Baltimore’s 9th in a row.
Veteran 1B Willie Stargell, whose number is retired, is saluted by 38,000 fans on his day at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium. The 41-year-old slugger delivers a pinch single in the Pirates’ 6–1 win over the Mets.
7th Pirates Jason Thompson hits his 30th home run of the season in a 9–5 win over the Mets, becoming just the 8th player in history to hit 30 home runs in a season in each league. Thompson hit 31 home runs for the Tigers in 1977.
8th Backed by three homers, including a grand slam by Ron Hodges, rookie Rick Ownby tosses a complete game for his first ML win as the Mets top the Pirates, 9-1.
9th The Braves hit three homers, including a grand slam by Bruce Benedict, off Fernando Valenzuela as the Braves whip the Dodgers, 10-3. The Braves now lead LA by a game and a half in the NL West.
11th Nine months after re-signing him to a 3-year, $2 million contract, the Indians trade pitcher John Denny to Philadelphia for minor leaguers Jerry Reed, LeRoy Smith, and Wil Culmer.
Randy Martz gives up 7 runs in the first three innings and the Cubs lose to the Expos, 10-6. Opposing pitcher Scott Sanderson clubs his first ML homer in the 3rd, a grand slam, to send Martz marching. Ryne Sandberg is a single shy of the cycle for the Cubs.
12th With Minnesota leading 7–4 in the bottom of the 4th, Terry Felton relieves Twins starter Brad Havens Felton leaves in the bottom of the sixth with one out, runners on first and second and his team clinging to a 7-6 lead. Both runners score and by the time the Royals are through, instead of his first ML win, Felton ended up charged with his 16th (and final) career loss. Kansas City wins royally, 18–7, one of the biggest comebacks of the decade. John Pacella, who takes over in the 8th, surrenders back-to-back dingers to Havens and White, tosses 2 wild pitches, and allows 6 runs. Aiken adds a pair of homers for KC.
For the 2nd time this season, Milwaukee gets 3 consecutive HRs—Cooper, Simmons, Oglivie—in a losing cause, as the Yankees win, 9–8. Six homers are hit in the game. Curt Kaufman wins his first ML decision and his only as a Yank.
13th Steve Carlton (20-9) shuts out St. Louis 2–0 on 3 hits and raps a solo home run to become the major league’s first 20-game winner this season.
Steve Garvey has 4 hits including a game ending HR in the 16th, to lead the Dodgers to a 4-3 win over San Diego. J.R. Richards has 5 hits for the Pads.
The Niekro brother face off, with Joe (15-10) getting the better of Phil as Houston beats Atlanta, 5–3. Chambliss has a solo homer for Atlanta. For Phil Niekro (14-4) it is only his 4th loss of the year; he will top the NL in winning percentage this year at .810 (17-4). This is the last time the 2 brothers face each other. Starting in 1967, Joe’s record is 5–4 against his brother.
14th Richie Hebner and Bill Madlock each hit grand slams to lead the Pirates to a 15–5 rout of the Cubs.
15th At Royals Stadium, Gaylord Perry starts for Seattle on his 44th birthday. The Ancient Mariner pitches 7 solid innings but doesn’t get a decision as the Royals win, 5-4 in 11 innings.
18th A pair of 3’s beats a slam as the Cubs outslug the Expos, 10-7. Jerry Morales and Bump Wills hit 3-run homers in the Cubs 8th inning to offset a grand slam by Tim Wallach, his second of the year.
19th Milwaukee scores 9 runs in the 8th to roll over the Yankees, 14–1. Don Sutton is the victor. Gorman Thomas has a double—his 2nd—and HR in the big inning and Molitor adds a HR then as well.
21st Playing against the Royals at Anaheim Stadium, outfielders Fred Lynn and Brian Downing crash through the LF fence while trying to catch a fly ball. Lynn makes the catch and it is ruled an out, the umpires reasoning that it is the same as if he had tumbled into the seats. California wins, 2–1, when Sconiers singles home the winner in the 9th.
22nd Light-hitting SS Chris Speier goes 3-for-5 with a club-record 8 RBI as Montreal beats Philadelphia 11–4.
24th In the completion of a game suspended on July 9th, the Tigers beat Cleveland 4–3 when reliever Ed Glynn uncorks a wild pitch with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 18th inning.
26thDown 1–0 to the Braves in the 3rd, Padres OF Gene Richards hits a long fly ball down the LF line off Rick Camp that Terry Harper spears at the last second. But Harper’s momentum carries him out of bounds where he hits the railing dropping the ball. Meanwhile the speedy Richards circles the bases. The ump rules Harper did not hold the ball long enough for an out and he is charged with a 4-base error (later overruled by the League office to an inside-the-park HR for Richards). The Padres win the game 3–2.
27th Willie McGee’s 3-run inside-the-park home run in the first inning sparks the Cardinals to a 4–2 win over the Expos, clinching their first NL East title since divisional play began in 1969.
Atlanta’s Phil Niekro shuts out the Giants on 2 hits 7–0 to push the Braves back into a first-place tie with the Dodgers in the NL West. The Dodgers have lost 6 straight games.
28th In the first game of a doubleheader, Toronto’s Jim Clancy (15–14) is deprived of a no-hitter when the Twins Randy Bush leads off the 9th inning with a broken-bat single. Clancy had retired all 24 batters he faced before Bush singled, and settles for a 3–0 one-hitter. In game 2, the Twins stake starter Terry Felton (0-13) to a 3–0 lead but the Jays tie it up, knocking Felton out of his last ML game. The Jays win it, 4–3.
Detroit’s Lance Parrish hits his 31st home run of the season in a 9–6 win over the Orioles, breaking the AL single-season record for catchers that he had shared with Yogi Berra and Gus Triandos.
29th Ned Yost’s 3-run HR in the top of the 9th gives Milwaukee a 6–3 win over Boston. Milwaukee is 4 games in front of Baltimore with just 4 to play.