The Kansas City Royals, 18-7 losers to the New York Yankees in Royals Stadium exactly one week previous, ran up an 18-7 score on the Minnesota Twins there yesterday - and the game was still baseball.
But the Royals had to overcome a 7-1 deficit before securing another day alone in first place in the West Division and inflicting Minnesota pitcher Terry Felton's 13th defeat in 13 decisions this season for a career 0-16.
Amos Otis continued his amazing run production rate following intentional walks with a two-run single in the sixth inning. Willie Aikens hit two home runs and Frank White preceded Aikens' second homer, in the eighth inning, with one of his own for his 1,000th career hit.
Cesar Geronimo got the third home run of the inning that wrapped up a 20-hit Royals offense also featuring nine doubles.
The Royals trailed, 7-6, in the sixth when Wilson and U.L. Washington drew one-out walks off Felton. Reliever Jeff Little came in to face George Britt and his first pitch was wild, allowing the runners to advance. The Twins then decided to walk Brett intentionally to get to Otis.
Ron Davis replaced Little but Otis sent an 0-1 pitch to right field to score two runs. Eight times this season a team has walked a batter intentionally to get to Otis and he has responded with five hits and 12 runs batted in.
Hal McRae added a sacrifice fly later in the inning for his 120th RBI and the Royals got three more runs off Davis in the seventh.
Bob Tufts was credited with his first major league victory with two innings of two-hit relief. Dan Quisenberry went three innings for his league-leading 33rd save.