The Cleveland Indians rallied for yet another comeback victory over the New York Yankees, tying the game in the ninth and winning it 5-4 in the 11th on Kenny Lofton's RBI double Friday night.
It was the Indians' third straight comeback victory over the Yankees - all of them in two days. Cleveland won both ends of a doubleheader Thursday, coming from behind in both games.The Indians have won 18 games in their final at-bat and eight games in which they trailed after eight innings.
Alvaro Espinoza opened the 11th with his third hit of the game and was sacrificed to second by Sandy Alomar before Steve Howe replaced John Wetteland (1-3). Lofton then doubled into the right-field corner.
Red Sox 5, Orioles 4, 12 Innings
At Boston, pinch-runner Juan Bell stumbled home on Lee Tinsley's 12th-inning double and Boston extended its winning streak to nine games.
Angels 8, Twins 5
At Minneapolis, Garret Anderson, Jim Edmonds and Tim Salmon homered to lead California to its 13th victory in the last 17 games.
The Angels scored seven runs in the first four innings, taking advantage of five walks by Mike Trombley and Eddie Guardado (1-8).
Mariners 2, Royals 1
At Kansas City, Mo., Randy Johnson, pitching for the first time since Aug. 1, struck out every Royals hitter at least once while leading Seattle to its sixth straight victory
White Sox 13, Athletics 5
At Chicago, Alex Fernandez allowed just five hits in seven innings and Chicago got homers from Tim Raines and Lyle Mouton to rout Oakland.
Brewers 5, Tigers 4
At Milwaukee, Darryl Hamilton hit a grand slam and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Detroit after Kirk Gibson announced his retirement and headed home to his family in Michigan.
Hamilton's third homer in 293 at-bats came off Detroit starter Mike Moore (5-12), who lost his sixth straight start.
Blue Jays 14, Rangers 5
At Arlington, Texas, rookie Ed Hurtado won his fourth game and Ed Sprague had four RBIs as Toronto snapped the Rangers' three-game winning streak.
Phillies 6, Expos 5
At Philadelphia, Charlie Hayes and Tom Marsh homered and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped an eight-game losing streak. Sid Fernandez (3-1) pitched 62/3 innings and allowed seven hits.
Braves 5, Rockies 3
At Atlanta, Steve Avery won for the first time in more than a month and the Atlanta Braves sent Colorado to its fifth straight loss in a meeting of division leaders.
Marlins 6, Reds 2
At Miami, Jeff Conine and Kurt Abbott homered and the Florida Marlins beat Cincinnati for their fourth straight win and 12th victory in the last 14 games.
Reds All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin bruised his left knee sliding into second base in the first inning and left the game in the third. Larkin, who began the day batting .313, was listed as day-to-day.
Mets 7, Astros 5
At Houston, Rico Brogna tripled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning and the New York Mets won their sixth in a row and handed Houston its sixth straight loss.
Padres 3, Cardinals 0, 1st game
Padres 5, Cardinals 2, 2nd game
At San Diego, Steve Finley hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and the San Diego Padres beat St. Louis to complete a doubleheader sweep and give them 14 straight home wins against the Cardinals.
The Padres set a team record for most consecutive home victories against another team. The last time the Cardinals won at Jack Murphy Stadium was July 8, 1992.
Andy Ashby (8-6) pitched a five-hitter and struck out 11 in the opener. The Cardinals were shut out for the 14th time, most in the NL.
Dodgers 3, Pirates 2
At Los Angeles, Jose Offerman and Mike Piazza hit RBI singles in the eighth inning Friday night and the Dodgers rallied to beat Pittsburgh in front of a well-behaved Dodger Stadium crowd.
One night after fans pelted the field with souvenir baseballs, prompting umpires to forfeit the game to St. Louis, there were only cheers from the crowd of 34,899. There were no announcements before or during the game regarding fans' actions.
With the victory, the Dodgers tied Colorado for the lead in the NL West, the first time they have held a share of the division lead since July 1.
Cubs 6, Giants 2
At San Francisco, Jim Bullinger won his fourth straight game but had his scoreless streak end at 25 innings as Chicago beat San Francisco.
Scott Servais hit a solo homer and an RBI double, Sammy Sosa added two hits and two RBIs, Shawon Dunston had an RBI double and Mark Grace had an RBI groundout. Servais' homer was the 9,997th in Cubs history.
See Page D12 for:
- The retirements of Kirk Gibson and Steve Bedrosian.
- The trade of Luis Polonia.
- The status of a famous autographed baseball.
- The condition of Mickey Mantle.