The Baltimore Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak Friday night, using a strong pitching performance by Mike Mussina to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2.
Milwaukee's Robin Yount, seeking his 3,001st hit and sole possession of 16th on the all-time list, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts Mussina (15-5) allowed two runs and six hits in his sixth complete game, and fourth straight victory. He walked four and struck out eight.The loss dropped the Brewers three games behind the second-place Orioles in the AL East.
Down 2-1 in the sixth, the Orioles got four straight hits off Bill Wegman (12-13) to take a 3-2 lead. Mike Devereaux opened with his AL-best 11th triple and scored on an infield hit by Glenn Davis. Cal Ripken followed with a double and Joe Orsulak singled home Davis.
Wegman gave up 10 hits and walked one in his sixth complete game. It was his third loss in 10 lifetime decisions against the Orioles.
The Brewers scored in the fifth on a double by Kevin Seitzer, a sacrifice and a sacrifice fly Scott Fletcher. Singles by Chris Hoiles, Leo Gomez and Bill Ripken made it 1-all in the bottom of the inning.
Milwaukee took the lead in the sixth when Darryl Hamilton singled, took third on a single by Paul Molitor and scored on a wild pitch by Mussina.
Elsewhere in the American League it was Yankees 2, Royals 1; Red Sox 7, Tigers 6; Indians 5, White Sox 1; Angels 8, Twins 0; Blue Jays 7, Rangers 5 (first game); Blue Jays at Rangers (second game), late; Mariners at A's, late.
Phillies 5, Pirates 2
At Philadelphia, National League RBI leader Darren Daulton drove in four runs, three with a homer, as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for their third straight win.
The loss cut the Pirates' lead in the NL East to four games over Montreal, which beat New York 4-3.
Daulton's RBIs gave him 99, breaking a Phillies' record for one season for a catcher. Stan Lopata had 95 in 1956.
With the score tied at 1 in the sixth, Mickey Morandini singled and moved to third on John Kruk's single. Daulton then hit his 26th homer to left-center.
Ben Rivera (5-3) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked three over eight innings and has now won five of his last six decisions. Mitch Williams got the final three outs for his 25th save.
The Phillies' first run off Bob Walk (9-5) came in the first when Ruben Amaro led off with his sixth homer. The Phillies added their final run in the seventh off Denny Neagle on Daulton's RBI double.
The loss broke a six-game winning streak for Walk, who worked six innings and allowed seven hits.
Elsewhere in the National League it was Expos 4, Mets 3; Cubs 8, Cardinals 2; Braves 7, Astros 0; Reds at Padres, late; Giants at Dodgers, late.