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9TH INNING HOMER ENDS RED SOX STREAK

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The reliever was hot, the batter was not and the game was on the line.

The result, however, illustrates why the game is played and not decided on paper.Tom Brunansky - batting .178 - hit an 0-1 slider from Jeff Russell - with eight consecutive saves - over the wall in left field Monday night, giving the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

The loss snapped Boston's winning streak at 10 games and dropped them a half-game behind idle Toronto in the AL East.

"That was a great comeback for our club," Brunansky said. "This is the type of thing we haven't had for a while."

Indeed.

For the Brewers, last in the AL East, it was only their 11th victory in 31 games. They trail the Blue Jays by 141/2 games and have little hope of challenging.

Royals 12, Rangers 3

Royals 6, Rangers 5

George Brett paced a 21-hit attack with four hits and three RBIs in the first game, and Kansas City added 10 hits in the nightcap to sweep Texas.

Brett singled twice, doubled and homered for the 56th four-hit game of his career, then added a double in the second game. The 21-hit total was Kansas City's season-high, as was their total of nine extra base hits.

In the second game, Brian McRae and Wally Joyner had three hits apiece and Joyner added two RBIs.

Tigers 5, Yankees 2

David Wells earned his first victory since June 19 and Cecil Fielder hit his 26th homer as Detroit ended New York's four-game winning streak.

Wells (10-6) outdueled former teammate Jimmy Key (12-4) to break a six-start winless streak.

White Sox 4, Indians 3

Consecutive run-scoring singles by Frank Thomas, Robin Ventura and Bo Jackson in the eighth inning rallied Chicago past visiting Cleveland.

Athletics 11, Angels 4

Terry Steinbach and Dave Henderson hit back-to-back homers in an eight-run third inning for Oakland, which handed California its 10th straight loss and Chuck Finley (11-8) his 12th setback in 14 career decisions against the A's.

National League

Braves 12, Rockies 7

In their latest visit to Denver, the Braves beat the Rockies 12-7 with four home runs.

The Braves, one of the league's weakest hitting teams until recently, scored 46 runs in four games during their previous visit to Colorado, May 6-9, winning 13-3, 13-5, 8-7 and 12-7.

Dodgers 15, Giants 1

Orel Hershiser improved to 19-7 lifetime against San Francisco in Los Angeles' rout at Candlestick Park. The Dodgers had 17 hits in beating the first-place Giants for the fifth time in seven games this season.

Reds 6, Astros 1

Jose Rijo pitched five-hit ball for eight innings as Cincinnati beat Houston and All-Star Darryl Kile at the Astrodome. Rijo (8-5) struck out 10 and walked one.

Cubs 9, Padres 6, 11 innings

Jose Vizcaino's three-run homer with two outs in the 11th lifted Chicago over San Diego at Wrigley Field for its third straight victory.