While Greg Hibbard couldn't locate his pitches against his former teammate, ex-Chisox Harold Baines did and cooled off his former team.
Baines, who spent nine years with the White Sox, went 4-for-4, including a three-run home and Joe Slusarski hurled a three-hitter over six innings Monday night to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 5-3 victory over Chicago.Baines, who had hit just .114 against his former teammates last season, entered Monday's game 0-for-9 in the series and 1-for-17 against Chicago this season.
"This is the team (White Sox) that knows me the best, so they know how to pitch to me," said Baines who hit two singles, a double and his sixth home run to raise his average to .321. It was Baines' second four-hit game of the season, matching a feat accomplished May 7 against Cleveland.
Baines said that Chicago catcher Carlton Fisk knows him so well that he never calls a pitch Baines can hit. "It's the way Fisk calls the game. He'll call pitches other catchers won't."
But starting pitcher Hibbard didn't follow through. "The only way it works," Fisk said, "is when the pitcher throws where you want it. We didn't execute with Harold.
Baines offensive production helped give the A's a split of the hard-fought, four-game series. "He's a great hitter," said Oakland Manager Tony La Russa, who started the left-handed hitting Baines against the southpaw Hibbard because he wanted to give Rickey Henderson the night off and knew Baines' numbers.
Slusarski, 2-2, walked four and struck out two for his first win since April 11, which was his major league debut. Dennis Eckersley pitched 1 1-3 innings for his 15th save.
Indians 2, Tigers 0
At Cleveland Alex Cole singled in a run and scored another to help support Charles Nagy who threw seven shutout innings and lead Cleveland to its first sweep of a four-game series against Detroit in 14 years. Nagy, 2-5, who posted his first victory since April 22, scattered eight hits. Shawn Hillegas pitched the last two innings for his fourth save. Walt Terrell, 2-6, took the loss.
Twins 3, Orioles 2
At Minneapolis, Jack Morris won his third straight game and Kent Hrbek drove in two runs on a homer and double to pace Minnesota to its sixth win in seven games. Morris, 6-5, allowed seven hits over eight-plus innings for his fourth win in five starts. Rick Aguilera notched his 12th save. Jeff Robinson, 3-5, lasted 42/3 innings allowing all three runs.
Blue Jays 5, Yankees 3
At New York, Joe Carter's solo home run snapped a 3-3 fifth inning tie ti lift Toronto in a game delayed over two hours by heavy rains. Jimmy Key, 8-2, allowed eight hits and all three runs for the win. Tim Leary, 3-5, took the loss, just New York's third in 11 games. Tom Henke pitched the ninth for his sixth save.