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ROOKIE HELPS RANGERS BEAT A’S

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Rusty Greer felt like any anxious rookie. Good thing for him and the Texas Rangers he didn't hit like one.

Greer, coming off a sleepless night and a full day of traveling, homered and drove in three runs in his major league debut Monday night, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 11-7 in 10 innings.Greer, called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City when Gary Redus was put on the disabled list, flied out during Texas' six-run first inning. He homered to lead off the second against Carlos Reyes and added a two-run single in the 10th.

"The second time up I was still scared to death," he said. "I was excited and nervous. I was just trying to put the bat on the ball."

Greer's homer gave the Rangers a 7-0 lead, but they couldn't hold it in Oakland. The A's tied it in the ninth on Mike Aldrete's sacrifice fly.

Blue Jays 7, Tigers 2

Joe Carter drove in four runs, giving him a major league-leading 43 RBIs, and Toronto stopped a five-game losing streak. Detroit has lost four in a row.

Carter had three hits, including a double. Roberto Alomar drove in two runs for the host Blue Jays.

Royals 6, Mariners 4

Tom Gordon improved to 7-1 lifetime at the Kingdome as Kansas City beat Seattle.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 15th homer for the Mariners. Serving as the designated hitter a day after hyperextending his right knee running out a grounder, he homered for the third straight game.

White Sox 8, Angels 5

Robin Ventura and Julio Franco each drove in three runs and Chicago won at California.

Ventura hit his ninth homer and Franco doubled home a run. The White Sox scored three unearned runs on misplays by outfielders Chad Curtis and Dwight Smith.

National League

Astros 3, Giants 2

Jeff Bagwell hit two homers, his 10th and 11th, to help the Astros to their second win in seven games.

Dave Veres evened his record at 1-1 for the Astros. San Francisco's Bryan Hickerson (2-2) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings.

Mitch Williams got two outs for his fifth save.

Pirates 7, Cardinals 2

At Pittsburgh, Tom Foley drove in four runs as the Pirates roughed up seven-game winner Bob Tewksbury.

Tewksbury (7-1), who hadn't lost since Sept. 21, gave up six runs and six hits in six innings. He failed to become the first Cardinal since Bob Gibson in 1965 to start a season 8-0.

Cubs 4, Padres 2

At Chicago, Steve Buechele hit a two-run homer as Anthony Young and the Cubs handed the Padres their eighth straight loss.

Young (2-3), who benefited from three double plays, gave up five hits and two runs in seven innings for his first win over the Padres in five decisions.

San Diego, which has lost eight straight games, has the worst record in the majors at 10-27.

Expos 4, Phillies 1

At Philadelphia, Darrin Fletcher drove in two runs as the Expos kept Curt Schilling winless this season.

Schilling (0-7), who was 16-7 in 1993, allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. Schilling, the MVP of last year's NL playoffs, has not won since pitching a shutout in Game 5 of the World Series.

Marlins 3, Mets 1

At New York, Chuck Carr doubled three times and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth by streaking home on a grounder.

With the score tied at 1, Carr doubled to lead off the eighth and moved to third on a sacrifice. Dave Magadan followed with a grounder to first baseman David Segui, whose throw to the plate was too late to get Carr.

Dodgers 9, Rockies 2

At Denver, Tim Wallach and Mike Piazza each homered to lead the Dodgers to their seventh straight win and into sole possession of first place in the NL West for the first time since Oct. 1, 1991.

Wallach drove in four runs, giving him 1,000 RBIs in his career. Piazza drove in three runs.