The Minnesota Twins won their team-record 13th straight game Friday night, beating the Cleveland Indians 7-0 on Shane Mack's grand slam and five RBIs.
The Indians were shut out for the third straight game, matching a club mark and one shy of the major league record.Jack Morris (8-5) won his fifth consecutive start as the Twins surpassed their previous record streak of 12 straight wins in 1980. Morris pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and improved to 29-9 lifetime against Cleveland.
Mack hit his first career grand slam, doubled and singled. He set a career-high for RBIs, and is 11-for-29 during the Twins' surge. Kent Hrbek added his sixth home run.
The Indians have only eight hits in their last three games. They went 23 innings without getting a runner past second base until Mark Lewis reached third on a wild pitch in the sixth.
Cleveland has been held to two runs on less in 11 of its last 12 games. The major league mark of four consecutive shutouts in shared by several teams in both leagues.
Jeff Shaw (0-1) lasted 4 2-3 innings in his first start of the season, yielding six runs and nine hits.
Hrbek gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead in the third with a two-run homer.
Randy Bush tripled and scored on Mack's single in the fourth, and Mack broke it open when he hit reliever Rod Nichols' first pitch for the grand slam in the fifth. The Twins had loaded the bases against Shaw on a single by Brian Harper sandwiched between two hit batters.
Tigers 5, Mariners 1
At Seattle, Rookie Dan Gakeler pitched two-hit ball for 7 2-3 innings for his first major league victory and Skeeter Barnes homered in his first at-bat of the season as the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners.
Gakeler gave up a drag bunt single to Greg Briley with two outs in the third inning and a run-scoring single by Alvin Davis with two outs in the eighth before being replaced by Paul Gibson.
Gakeler struck out four and walked five in his second big league start since being called up from Triple-A Toledo on June 6. The 26-year-old Gakeler spent seven years in the minors, never reaching the majors, before this season.
Rangers 8, Yankees 4
At Arlington, Texas, Jeff Huson hit a three-run homer during a seven-run first inning, and Jose Guzman won for the first time since 1988 as the Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees.
Huson's first major league homer in 628 at-bats sent Texas to its fourth straight victory. The Rangers were swept in a three-game series at New York last weekend.
Red Sox 9, Angels 4
At Boston, Ellis Burks' three-run homer capped a seven-run rally in the seventh inning, lifting Roger Clemens and the Boston Red Sox over the California Angels.
Clemens (9-3) gave up two earned runs on eight hits. He struck out seven and walked none in his third complete game.
Clemens got his 125th career victory. He is 72-20 in games following a Boston loss.
White Sox 9, Royals 3
At Chicago, Frank Thomas drove in five runs with a homer, two doubles and a single, sending the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals.
Thomas put Chicago ahead with a three-run homer in the fifth inning that made it 5-3. The White Sox ended a three-game losing streak.
Blue Jays 9, Orioles 1
At Toronto, John Olerud homered, tripled, doubled and drove in four runs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat Baltimore, the Orioles' sixth straight loss.
Kelly Gruber and Mark Whiten also homered as Toronto won its third consecutive game. Todd Stottlemyre (7-2) scattered eight hits in eight innings.
At Milwaukee, Friday night's game between the Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers was postponed by thunderstorms in the bottom of the fourth inning. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday starting at 4:30 MDT.
Reds 4, Phillies 2
At Philadelphia, Tom Browning gave up two runs and seven hits in 8 1-3 innings for his fifth win in his last six starts as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies.
Browning (9-4) struck out four and walked two in pitching the surging Reds to their fifth victory in the last six games. Rob Dibble got the last two outs for his National League-leading 17th save.
Expos 2, Braves 1
At Montreal, Gilberto Reyes' run-scoring pinch single in the seventh inning broke a tie as the Montreal Expos beat Tom Glavine and the Atlanta Braves.
The Expos prevented Glavine from taking over the major-league lead in wins despite managing only five hits off the left-hander in seven innings. Glavine fell to 10-3.
Astros 4, Mets 1
At New York, Houston roughed up New York relief ace John Franco for the second time this week as Steve Finley's RBI single sparked a three-run ninth inning to give the Astros a victory over the slumping Mets.
New York has lost three straight games, scoring only four runs. Franco fell to 1-6.
Giants 3, Pirates 2
At San Francisco, Willie McGee, who earlier extended his hitting streak to 18 games, homered with one out in the eighth inning to give the San Francisco Giants a victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
McGee drove a 2-0 pitch from Zane Smith (7-5) over the right-field fence for his fourth homer of the season. Smith gave up eight hits in eight innings.
Cubs 5, Padres 2
At San Diego, Danny Jackson scattered three hits over five shutout innings and Andre Dawson drove in two runs to lift the Chicago Cubs to a victory over the San Diego Padres.
Jackson, 1-2, who won his first game as a Cub, made his second start since coming off of the 15-day disabled list June 9 . The lefthander walked two and struck out two before Charles McElroy took over in the ?six?th.
Dodgers 2, Cardinals 1
At Los Angeles, Lenny Harris' bases-loaded single with one out in the ninth inning gave Los Angeles a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals as Orel Hershiser turned in his third consecutive strong start for the Dodgers.
President Bush was among the 39,041 at the game. The President was in Los Angeles to give the commencement address at the California Institute of Technology.
Juan Samuel led off the ninth with a sharp grounder up the middle that went just under the glove of reliever Scott Terry (1-1). Darryl Strawberry followed with an opposite-field double just inside the left-field line. Terry then walked Eddie Murray intentionally before striking out Kal Daniels. But Harris ended the game with a line drive up the middle.