Pitches thrown by Texas right-hander Ed Farmer broke the left jaw of Kansas City outfielder Al Cowens and a bone in the left hand of Royal second base-man Frank White tonight in a game won by the Rangers, 8-7.

Reliever Jim Kern (4-0) took over for an erratic Farmer and shackled the Royals on one hit over the final 42/3 innings.

Farmer hit Cowens in the fifth inning and it led to the Royals tying the game, 7-7. White had been struck on the second pitch of the game.

After Farmer hit Cowens, Kansas City's Larry Gura (1-4) hit Buddy Bell, the Rangers' leadoff hitter in the fifth, with a pitch and umpires raced to both duggouts to warn against furtther brushbacks.

Cowens, who was taken off the field on a stretcher and later was operated on in an Arlington hospital, was placed on the disabled list for 21 days, and White for 15 days.

Cowens was batting 308 and hit safely in 19 of the last 21 games and ranked among the American League leaders with his 18 runs, 3 doubles, 4 homers and 22 runs batted in.

White was batting .297 but had hit .370 in his last 13 games, including 13 runs, 7 doubles, 3 homers, and 7 stolen bases.

"I don't know what their pitching situation is, but the way he (Farmer) was throwing he should have been out of the ball game," said White.

"I was lucky I got my hands up or he would have hit me in the face too. They talk about knocking guys down, but after seeing what happened tonight, it isn't funny at all. It was frightening."