Facebook Twitter

TWINS RALLY IN 8TH FOR WIN OVER YANKEES

SHARE TWINS RALLY IN 8TH FOR WIN OVER YANKEES

Kent Hrbek's two-out, two-run single off Steve Howe capped a three-run rally in the eighth inning Sunday and gave the Minnesota Twins to a 7-6 victory over the New York Yankees at Minneapolis.

The comeback began with Chip Hale's one-out pinch single off Bob Wickman (5-4). Chuck Knoblauch singled, Alex Cole walked and Kirby Puckett drove home Hale with a sacrifice fly.Howe relieved and, after Knoblauch and Cole pulled off a double steal, Hrbek lined a 2-2 pitch to center.

Hrbek, who also had an RBI double in the first inning, is batting .545 with seven RBIs in four games since announcing Thursday that he will retire after the season.

It was the fourth blown save in 19 chances for Howe. New York had been 59-3 when leading after seven innings.

Orioles 6, Brewers 3

At Milwaukee, Mike Mussina won his 16th game and Brady Anderson hit a two-run double as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Sunday.

Mussina (16-5) scattered six hits through eight innings, but only three after the first, when the Brewers went ahead 2-0. He walked three and struck out three as Baltimore won three of four from Milwaukee.

Anderson tied the score at 2-all with a two-run double off Bob Scanlan (2-6) in the second. He stole third without a throw and scored on a single by Jeffrey Hammonds, who stole second and scored on shortstop Jose Valentin's error for a 4-2 Baltimore lead.

Scanlan retired the next 12 batters before Chris Hoiles singled with two outs in the sixth. Overall, he gave up 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings.

Cal Ripken hit a run-scoring single off reliever Jesse Orosco in the ninth and Leo Gomez greeted Doug Henry with an RBI single for Baltimore's final runs.

Turner Ward hit a solo homer off Lee Smith in the Milwaukee ninth.

Tigers 8, Blue Jays 7

At Toronto, Kirk Gibson hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning Sunday, lifting the Detroit Tigers over the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7.

Gibson connected on a 3-0 pitch for his 23rd home run. Tony Castillo (5-2) retired the first two batters in the eighth before walking Cecil Fielder, and Gibson followed with a drive to right field.

Tony Phillips led off the game with a home run and later hit his career-high 18th, and Fielder hit his 27th home run. Phillips and Fielder both homered in Saturday night's 3-2 win.

Paul Molitor and John Olerud hit home runs for Toronto.

Storm Davis (2-3) pitched two innings for the victory, and Greg Cadaret, the third pitcher in the ninth inning, got the last out for his second save.

Mariners 10, Royals 6

At Kansas City, Mo., Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 38th home run, capping a six-run rally in the seventh inning Sunday that sent the Seattle Mariners over the Kansas City Royals 10-6.

Seattle won a day after stopping the Royals' 14-game winning streak. On Sept. 16, 1977, the Mariners ended Kansas City's record 16-game winning string.

Griffey's three-run homer tied Chicago's Frank Thomas for the AL lead. Jay Buhner homered, singled and drove in four runs for the Mariners.

Griffey also made a strong throw to the plate to cut down a run. Royals rookie Bob Hamelin hit his 24th homer and drove in three runs.

The Mariners won for the fifth time in six games, overcoming a 4-2 deficit against David Cone (16-5).

Cone, who struck out seven and walked one, had a five-hitter through six innings. He left in the seventh when the Mariners loaded the bases on a single by Dan Wilson, a double by Torey Lovullo and a hit batsman.

Athletics 8, Rangers 3

At Oakland, Calif., Rickey Henderson hit his record 66th leadoff home run Sunday and the Oakland Athletics moved within 11/2 games of AL West-leading Texas with an 8-3 victory over the Rangers.

Troy Neel hit two homers, drove in three runs and scored three times as the A's completed a three-game sweep. Scott Brosius added a three-run shot as Oakland blistered Kenny Rogers for four home runs.

Todd Van Poppel (7-10) gave up five hits and three runs in seven-plus innings. Doug Strange homered in the fifth and Ivan Rodriguez had a two-run homer in the eighth.

Oddibe McDowell doubled ahead of Rodriguez's homer, his 16th, and Jose Canseco singled to chase Van Poppel. Ed Vosberg walked Will Clark, but reliever John Briscoe retired the next three batters.

Rogers (11-8), who pitched a perfect game against California on July 28, was far from perfect against the A's. He surrendered five runs in the opening inning and the four homers were the most he has given up in any single game.

National League

Expos 6, Phillies 4

Ken Hill became the National League's first 16-game winner and the Montreal Expos beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 Sunday at Philadelphia for their 17th victory in 19 games.

Moises Alou tripled, doubled and singled and drove in two runs for the Expos. Montreal won its third in a row and leads the majors with a 71-39 record.

John Kruk went 2-for-4 with two RBIs as the Phillies lost their fourth straight at home. It is the first time since August 1992 that they have lost four in a row at Veterans Stadium.

Hill (16-5) pitched seven-plus innings and allowed four runs and seven hits to match his career-high win total. Mel Rojas pitched two innings for his 16th save.

Bobby Munoz (7-5) was charged with five runs and nine hits in seven innings.

Marlins 2, Mets 0

At NeW York, Ryan Bowen, making his first start in nearly three months, allowed just two hits in 7 1-3 innings and scored the game's first run.

Bowen (1-5), activated from the disabled list late Saturday and starting for the first time since May 9, struck out six and walked four before running into trouble in the eighth.

The Mets put two runners on with one out and Bowen was lifted for Yorkis Perez, who struck out Todd Hundley and Joe Orsulak to end the threat.

Robb Nen pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Pete Smith (4-10) took the loss for the Mets, who did not get a runner to third base and were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Reds 3, Braves 2

At Cincinnati, Kevin Mitchell hit his 30th homer, one of three by Cincinnati, and Pete Schourek pitched seven strong innings.

Montreal's win in Philadelphia ensured that Atlanta will be in second place in the NL East, trailing the Expos, on the players' Aug. 12 strike date. The Braves, who won at a .681 pace in the second half of the last two years, are just 13-12 since the All-Star break.

Schourek (7-2) allowed three hits over seven innings, including Mike Kelly's solo homer, to help the Reds keep sole possession of first place in the NL Central. Jeff Brantley closed for his 14th save.

Mitchell, Barry Larkin and Brian Dorsett hit solo homers off Kent Mercker (9-4), who gave up eight hits over seven innings.

Padres 5, Cubs 1

At Chicago, Tony Gwynn, baseball's leading hitter, went 3-for-5 to lift the Padres.

Gwynn hit a solo homer, an RBI double and a single, posting his 52nd multi-hit game and raising his average to .392, both tops in the NL. He flew out to right in his two other at-bats.

Scott Livingstone went 4-for-5 to lead the Padres' 17-hit attack.

Bill Krueger (3-2) picked up the win, throwing a four-hit complete game, his first since June 30, 1992.

Mark Grace spoiled Krueger's shutout bid with a one-out home run in the sixth, his sixth.

Kevin Foster (3-4) gave up 13 hits over 4 2-3 innings.

Pirates 6, Cardinals 5

At Pittsburgh, Jay Bell grounded a single up the middle against a drawn-in St. Louis infield for his fifth hit and the Pirates blew a three-run lead before beating the Cardinals.

The two teams stranded 28 runners - 16 by Pittsburgh and 12 by St. Louis - on 29 hits as the two bullpens took turns giving the game away.

The Pirates, salvaging the final game of the three-game series, loaded the bases with none out against Bryan Eversgerd (2-3) as Tom Foley doubled, Don Slaught singled and Gary Varsho was hit by a pitch.

Eversgerd then struck out Carlos Garcia and ran the count to 2-2 before Bell, 5-for-6 with two doubles, singled into center. Paul Wagner (7-8) pitched the ninth for the victory.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 2

At Denver, Orel Hershiser did not allow a hit until the sixth inning and Eric Karros and Henry Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers Sundayas the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2.

The Dodgers won their third straight and handed the Rockies their fifth loss in a row.

A crowd of 70,372 gave the Rockies another major-league attendance record as they became the fastest team to draw 3 million fans. The Rockies reached 3,037,082 on their 52nd home date, eclipsing their own record set on their 53rd home date last year.