Mike Hargrove broke an eighth-inning tie with a run-scoring single to snap Jack Morris' personal winning streak at 10 games and give Cleveland the victory at home against Detroit.
Morris (18-9) took a 2-1 lead into the eighth but gave up a home run to Gorman Thomas, his 20th, leading off the inning. George Vukovich, who now has eight straight hits and 20 hits in his last 30 at-bats, followed with his third line single of the game. Vukovich then took second on a sacrifice by Alan Bannister and came home on Hargrove's single.
Morris was then ejected from the game after protesting plate umpire Nick Bremigan's safe call on the play. Tigers Manager Sparky Anderson also was thrown out of the game when he rushed onto the field in support of Morris.
Morris, who flung his glove high in the air after being tossed out, said, "It kind of hurt me and that probably was why I got so upset. It's frustrating when you bust your rear and you see stuff like that. I said, 'Mister Umpire, sir, I think you made a bad call.' That's what I meant."
Bud Anderson (1-4) picked up the victory, Cleveland's fifth straight, with three innings of two-hit pitching. Anderson relieved Bert Blyleven, who left after six innings because of a blister on his pitching hand.
Morris struck out six to push his AL-leading strikeout total to 200.
Detroit's Chet Lemon also was ejected from the game when he protested a call in the eighth inning.