Don Baylor's two-run double with two out triggered a four-run eighth inning in Chicago as California moved a half-game ahead of Kansas City into first place in the American League West. The game was played before 50,892 fans, largest crowd of the year at Comiskey Park.
Trailing, 3-2, Tim Foli opened the California eighth with a single off Dennis Lamp (4-2). A sacrifice and an infield hit by Juan Beniquez put runners on first and second and Kevin Hickey relieved and retired Rod Carew on a ground out. Salome Barojas replaced Hickey and Baylor doubled into the right field corner, giving the Angels a 4-3 lead. After an intentional walk to Reggie Jackson, Bobby Grich and Doug DeCinces each had RBI singles to conclude the rally.
Carew extended his hitting streak to 18 straight, tying his career high, with an RBI single in the ninth.
Geoff Zahn (7-2) scattered six hits in his sixth complete game.
"Geoff moved the ball all around the plate, he kept it down and he had great control. He's also got one of the best change-ups in the league and he was able to move it inside and outside today," catcher Bob Boone said.