At least there's one streak still alive in Minnesota.
A day after the Twins got their 15 game winning string stopped, Scott Erickson won his team-record 11th straight decision as Minnesota beat Baltimore 9-2 Tuesday night.Erickson (11-2) gave up a leadoff double to Mike Devereaux but did not allow another hit in six shutout innings. He overcame five walks, partly the result of a two-hour rain delay before the game at Memorial Stadium.
Erickson, perhaps the best pitcher in baseball that few people have ever seen, leads the majors in victories and ERA (1.51).
"Lately, when we talk about Scotty, we've always been dealing with superlatives and flowery type adjectives, and then when he doesn't look real good, you notice," Twins Manager Tom Kelly said. "But it's hard to say he wasn't sharp."
Erickson is no stranger to streaks. Last month, he stopped Texas' 14-game winning string.
This time, he got the Twins going again following a disappointing 6-5 defeat in which Baltimore rallied for three runs in the ninth inning.
"It's just like the 15 in a row," Erickson said of his success. "We had it going, and we lost it. You can't get too caught up in it. One of these days I'm going to get it given to me pretty good."
The Twins made it easy for Erickson, scoring two runs in the first inning and four more in the second against former teammate Roy Smith (3-1).
Smith's struggle gave Orioles starters an 11.10 ERA in the last eight games.
"I wanted to beat them, sure, but to say I was nervous, no," Smith said. "I wasn't pressing. It's not like if I threw a shutout they would regret getting rid of me."
Royals 12, Rangers 5
George Brett hit a three-run homer and Kansas City stopped Texas' seven-game winning streak.
Brett's second homer of the season broke a 5-all tie in the fifth inning. The Royals added four runs in the eighth on six singles.
Brett has hit 31 home runs against the Rangers, 19 at Arlington Stadium. He has connected more against Texas than any other team.
Kevin Appier (4-7) struggled for fiveinnings before Luis Aquino pitched four scoreless innings for his first major league save. Reliever Kenny Rogers (4-6) got tagged for seven runs on eight hits, including Brett's 283rd career homer, in 32/3 innings.Tigers 2, Athletics 0
Frank Tanana blanked Oakland for 82/3 innings and Mike Henneman got the last out as host Detroit handed the Athletics their second consecutive shutout.
Cecil Fielder broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a double off Bob Welch for his major league-leading 52nd RBI. Mickey Tettleton followed with a run-scoring single.
Mariners 2, Red Sox 1
Seattle, shut out on five hits for eight innings, rallied for two runs in the ninth against Jeff Reardon to win at Fenway Park.
Alvin Davis singled with one out and pinch-hitter Greg Briley also singled. Pinch-runner Alonzo Powell scored on the play on right fielder Kevin Romine's throwing error, and Dave Cochrane singled home the go-ahead run.
Yankees 2, Blue Jays 1
Scott Kamieniecki won his major league debut as New York stopped a six-game losing skid at the SkyDome. Kamieniecki, 27, gave up two runs on nine hits and four walks in six innings. He helped himself by picking off two runners and nearly got a third.
Reliever John Habyan added the Yankees' third pickoff of the game in sending Toronto to its third straight loss.
Brewers 10, Angels 6
Paul Molitor's leadoff homer sparked a seven-run first inning, and Milwaukee held off visiting California.
Jim Gantner singled twice in the first inning, and he and Greg Vaughn hit two-run singles. Willie Randolph's two-run double finished Joe Grahe (0-1), who did not retire a batter.
White Sox 6, Indians 5
Robin Ventura hit Chicago's first grand slam at the new Comiskey Park, and the White Sox extended Cleveland's losing streak to six games.
Charlie Hough (4-3) survived two home runs by Carlos Baerga and one by Mike Aldrete. Tom Candiotti (7-5) lost in the matchup of knuckleball pitchers.
Ventura hit his third home run of the season and first career slam in the sixth inning for a 6-5 lead. An error by shortstop Felix Fermin with two outs set up the slam.
Expos 3, Astros 2
The Expos were outhit 8-4 by the visiting Astros but used two key throws by right fielder Dave Martinez in the top of the 12th and Tom Foley's RBI single in the bottom of the inning for their fifth straight win.
Martinez gunned down pinch-runner Mark Portugal trying to go from first to third on Craig Biggio's single off Bill Sampen (5-1), then ended the inning by gunning down Biggio at the plate as he tried to score from second on Gerald Young's base hit.
After Martinez preserved the tie, the Expos won the game in the bottom of the 12th when Mike Fitzgerald walked, stole second and scored when Tom Foley lined a 2-0 pitch from Jim Corsi (0-4) into right field for Montreal's fourth hit of the game.
Dodgers 6, Cubs 5
Eddie Murray ended a 4-hour, 53-minute marathon, the longest NL game by time this season, with an RBI single in the 13th as the Dodgers outlasted the visiting Cubs.
Chicago went ahead in the 11th on Shawon Dunston's RBI single and again in the 12th on a run-scoring infield hit by Ryne Sandberg, only to have the Dodgers rally each time. Chris Gwynn's RBI triple in the 11th made it 4-4 and Mark Grace's throwing error in the 12th on what would have been the last out of the game tied the score at 5-5.
The Dodgers scored three times in the second, but Sandberg tied the game in the sixth with a three-run homer.
Mike Hartley (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Mike Bielecki (8-6), Chicago's sixth pitcher, took the loss.
Mets 7, Reds 5
The Mets wasted Howard Johnson's grand slam but won anyway when Kevin McReynolds' pinch-hit RBI single off Rob Dibble in the eighth broke a tie.
Johnson's third-inning grand slam gave the Mets a 5-2 lead, but the visiting Reds got single runs in the fifth and seventh before Chris Sabo tied it in the eighth with a sacrifice fly off Alejandro Pena (3-0).
Pirates 3, Padres 1
Jay Bell's tiebreaking two-run single in the top of the ninth gave the Pirates their second straight win in San Diego.
After reliever Stan Belinda preserved a 1-1 tie by striking out the side with the bases loaded, Jose Lind singled and Orlando Merced doubled off Craig Lefferts (0-3). Bell's broken-bat single to left scored both runners.
Cardinals 3, Giants 1
Bob Tewksbury allowed four hits and an unearned run in eight innings for the visiting Cardinals as San Francisco lost its third straight.
Tewksbury did not allow a runner past first base until the eighth, when Robby Thompson reached on an error and scored on Steve Decker's double. Lee Smith pitched the ninth for his 17th save.
Phillies 8, Braves 4
Wally Backman celebrated his 1,000th major league game with three doubles, and former Atlanta star Dale Murphy hit a two-run homer at Philadelphia.
Backman's first double triggered a four-run first inning as Pete Smith (1-1) managed only one out. Murphy hit his 11th homer of the season in the fifth inning, tying him with Johnny Bench for 26th on the all-time list with 389.