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Orel Hershiser allowed one unearned run and three hits in two innings in his debut with Cleveland, and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Indians 7-3.

Hershisher walked one and struck out one. The former Cy Young Award winner signed with the Indians earlier this month after spending his entire career with Los Angeles.Shortstop Omar Vizquel's error on Wally Joyner's grounder with two out in the second allowed Jon Nunnally to score the only run off Hershiser.

Phil Hiatt hit a three-run, pinch-homer in the seventh for the Royals off Paul Assenmacher.

Nunnally, a Rule 5 draft pick the Royals selected from the Indians farm system in December, went 2-for-2, walked, scored a run and drove in a run. Nunnally's fifth-inning single off losing pitcher Chad Ogea scored David Howard, who led off the inning with a double.

Tim Costo homered off Jeff Montgomery to lead off the Indians' ninth.

Mark Gubicza started and gave up one run on five hits and two walks in 2 2-3 innings. Rookie Brian Bevil picked up the victory in relief.

Reds 5, Astros 4

At Plant City, Fla., Thomas Howard homered and singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the unbeaten Cincinnati Reds overcame four errors to defeat the Houston Astros 5-4 Sunday.

The Reds (4-0) tied it on Jeff Branson's solo homer in the eighth off Todd Jones, then won it in the ninth with the help of a throwing error.

Jerry Brooks singled and Mark Lewis followed with a sacrifice bunt back to Jones, who threw wildly to second. Howard then singled up the middle.

Jeff Brantley retired the three batters he faced in the ninth to get the win.

Cincinnati, errorless in its first three exhibitions, helped Houston score three in the eighth with the help of two throwing errors on one play, a passed ball and a wild pitch.

Milt Thompson tripled off Johnny Ruffin with two out and scored on Brooks' passed ball. Luis Gonzalez walked and came around on the double-error - Lewis threw away Tony Eusebio's grounder to third, and first baseman Brian Hunter retrieved the ball and made a wild throw home. Eusebio scored on Ruffin's wild pitch for a 4-3 lead.

Craig Biggio also homered for the Astros.

Expos 4, Dodgers 3, 10 innings

At Vero Beach, Fla., rookie Mark Grudzielanek hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning - his second home run of the game - and lifted the Montreal Expos over the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Sunday.

The Expos tied the score in the ninth after two were out, then rallied again in the 10th with two away against Todd Williams. Tim Spehr singled, then Grudzielanek homered.

Grudzielanek, the Eastern League most valuable player last year when he batted .322 at Double-A Harrisburg, is 7-for-14 in four games. The infielder has seven RBIs.

Garey Ingram homered in the 10th for the Dodgers. Henry Rodriguez gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead in the seventh with a solo homer, his second of the spring.

Both starters were effective. Montreal left-hander Jeff Fassero pitched three hitless innings, striking out five. Dodger starter Chan Ho Park pitched four innings, struck out five and gave up one hit, Grudzielanek's first homer.

Mets 4, Marlins 3

At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Rico Brogna's pinch-single in the seventh inning capped a three-run rally and the New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins 4-3 Sunday.

Carl Everett homered and singled for the Mets. Pinch-hitter Steve Decker homered for the Marlins, Alex Arias hit a two-run double and Charles Johnson went 2-for-2.

Both starters, John Burkett of Florida and Pete Harnisch of the Mets, pitched for the first time since coming from different teams.

Burkett went four innings, allowing one run on four hits, and struck out three. He played for San Francisco last year, was traded to Texas in the offseason and later signed as a free agent with Florida.

Harnisch pitched two innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He was traded from Houston to New York.

"It was a good outing," Mets manager Dallas Green said. "He was upset with one pitch, but he threw a few changeups which I liked."

Cardinals 5, Tigers 4

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Dmitri Young took advantage of a defensive lapse by Detroit to score the winning run in the 10th inning, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 victory Sunday.

Young and Mike Gulan opened the 10th with singles off reliever Cory Bailey. With Tripp Cromer squaring to bunt, Detroit's Travis Fryman moved in from third and Young stole the unmanned third base.

Cromer then singled past the diving Fryman for the winning run.

"I was surprised third base was open like that," Young said. "The shortstop was trying to pick me off and it just so happened the pitcher went to home plate. Basically it was a free base."

"They vacated third base a little too soon. (Young) was heads up and took advantage of them," Cardinals manager Joe Torre said.

Geronimo Pena went 2-for-2 with a home run and Tom Pagnozzi had a pair of RBI singles for St. Louis.

Pena singled in the second and hit reliever Justin Thompson's first pitch of the fourth inning over the left-field wall for the only home run this spring for St. Louis (2-2).

Tony Clark drove in all four runs for Detroit. He had three hits, including a three-run homer off John Frascatore in the fifth.

Also Sunday, the Cardinals signed free agent infielders Manuel Lee and Luis Rivera to minor league contracts. Lee was last with the Texas Rangers while Rivera played for the New York Mets.

Braves 2, Yankees 1

At West Palm Beach, Fla., playing against a team that Atlanta general manager John Schuerholz said was insufficient, the Braves rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday and beat the New York Yankees 2-1.

Jimmy Key, who pitched five near-perfect innings, and Tony Fernandez were the only Yankees regulars who made the 45-minute trip from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach for the game on Easter.

That lineup, Schuerholz said, was inadequate.

"I think it is bush," he said. "There are regulations that clearly specify how many regulars each team has to bring on road games in the spring."

"The Yankees don't have their own set of rules, but they must have felt like they did today," he said.

For years, spring training guidelines issued by the commissioner's office have stated that visiting clubs must have four usual starters, not including the pitcher. That regulation was put into effect to ensure that fans who pay for a major league exhibition - not a "B" game or split-squad game - see top-quality players.

Early in the exhibition season, starters often are given days off on Sunday. Jim Leyritz, who homered, was the only other New York player in the lineup who sometimes starts in the regular season.

Key allowed just one hit, walked none and struck out two.

John Smoltz, in his first appearance since July 31, pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two. He had surgery Sept. 8 to remove a bone spur and chips from his right elbow.

"What this outing does is make all those mornings of getting up at 6:45 and going for treatment worth it," Smoltz said. "I really didn't think I was going to throw that hard."

A crowd of 5,822 saw Kent Mercker also pitch two shutout innings for the Braves. Reliever Brad Clontz retired the side in order in the ninth for the victory.

The Braves won for the first time in four spring games by rallying against Bob Wickman.

Tyler Houston led off with a single and Ryan Klesko followed with an infield hit. Tony Graffanino singled home the tying run and, with one out, Mike Warner hit a single over the drawn-in outfield.

Phillies 6, Orioles 5

At Clearwater, Fla., Mike Lieberthal's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Mariano Duncan from third base Sunday, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles tied it 5-5 in the top of the ninth when Damon Buford homered off Gene Harris on a 3-0 pitch.

Duncan led off the bottom of the inning with a single off Armando Benitez. He moved to second on Dave Gallagher's sacrifice and to third when Gene Schall's fly to right was lost in the sun.

Jim Eisenreich, Darren Daulton and Mickey Morandini hit their first home runs of the spring for the Phillies. Leo Gomez and Buford homered for Baltimore. Daulton finished with three hits for the second straight game.

Philadelphia starter Curt Schilling, bothered by tendinitis recently, pitched three innings. He allowed five hits and a run, and is on target to be the opening day starter.

Ben McDonald started for the Orioles. He allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in the second inning.

Twins 13, White Sox 2

At Sarasota, Fla., Marty Cordova homered, doubled and drove in three runs Sunday as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 13-2.

The Twins scored five runs in the third inning, three in the fifth and five more in the ninth. Pedro Munoz also drove in three runs for Minnesota.

Pat Mahomes started for Minnesota and gave up one run on five hits in three innings. James Baldwin of the White Sox was roughed up for five runs on three hits in the third.

Cordova may be the left-field replacement for Shane Mack, who is playing in Japan. Cordova, who went 2-for-4, started the game in center field before switching back to left.

"He did all right in center field," Twins manager Tom Kelly said. "I thought he got himself out a couple of times at the plate."

Frank Thomas was 2-for-2, and drove in Chicago's first run. Jerry Wolak homered in the White Sox ninth.

Wilson Alvarez started for the White Sox and pitched two hitless innings, striking out two.

Blue Jays 11, Pirates 8

At Bradenton, Fla., Tilson Brito's bases-loaded triple keyed a six-run fourth inning against reliever Dan Plesac, leading the Toronto Blue Jays past the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-8 Sunday.

The Pirates led 4-0 after starter Denny Neagle pitched three scoreless innings in his spring debut. But Plesac hit two batters, walked another and allowed four hits in his only inning.

Brito drove in four runs and Alex Gonzalez had four hits and two RBIs as the Blue Jays totaled 14 hits. The Pirates had 15 hits and scored against all but one of Toronto's five pitchers.

Nelson Liriano was 3-for-3 and Steve Pegues had a two-run double among his three RBIs for the Pirates.