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DOUBLE PLAY TURNS TIDE FOR PITCHER

Roger Bailey knew the Colorado Rockies were counting on him to help give their bullpen a rest.

Yet there it was, only in the second inning, and Bailey already was in trouble in his first major league start. The Chicago Cubs had scored twice and were threatening for more with Brian McRae batting.But Bailey got McRae to ground into a double play and went on to pitch the Rockies past the Cubs 12-5 Thursday night.

Bailey (4-5), a 24-year-old right-hander, lasted eight innings. He allowed five runs and nine hits.

Colorado's defense turned three double plays behind him as it won for only the third time in 11 games. The victory pulled Colorado within one game of division-leading Los Angeles in the NL West.

"Bailey gave us all we needed," Rockies manager Don Baylor said. "He gave up four straight hits in the second inning, but I kept thinking I can't go the bullpen."

Colorado made it easier for Bailey with 14 hits, including home runs from Dante Bichette, Andres Galarraga and Vinny Castilla. Castilla drove in three runs, and Bichette and Eric Young each had two RBIs.

Reds 6, Dodgers 2

Pete Schourek became the NL's first 13-game winner as Cincinnati beat NL West-leading Los Angeles. The Dodgers were in the middle of a three-game, three-day, three-city trip.

Reggie Sanders went 4-for-4, Jeff Branson hit a two-run homer and Hal Morris doubled twice. Mike Piazza went 0-for-4, ending his career-best hitting streak at 16 games.

Phillies 3, Astros 2

Philadelphia won for just the third time in 15 games as pinch-hitter Gary Varsho delivered a two-run single in the eighth inning at the Astrodome. Varsho's single off Todd Jones (6-3) was his first hit in six at-bats since coming off the disabled list Aug. 7 with a strained right forearm.

American League

Rangers 2, White Sox

Craig Worthington rated merely a mention in the transactions column when he was traded this week from the Cincinnati Reds to Texas. However, he made a sudden impact on the Rangers. Hours after being called up from the minors, he homered in the 10th inning Thursday night for a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Red Sox 4, Angels 3

Lee Tinsley doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and Boston won at California for its 14th victory in 15 games.

Jim Edmonds hit his 28th homer and drove in his AL-leading 92nd run for the Angels. He left the game in the eighth with a strained lower back.

Athletics 3, Mariners 2

Third baseman Mike Blowers made throwing errors on consecutive plays, helping Oakland rally for two runs in the ninth inning at the Coliseum. With one out, Blowers threw away grounders by Craig Paquette and Stan Javier, enabling one run to score. With two outs, Scott Brosius hit an RBI single off Norm Charlton.

Ken Griffey Jr. drove in his first run for Seattle since coming off the disabled list.

Brewers 7, Indians 3

Milwaukee, 16 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central, remained in the middle of the wild-card race with a win at Jacobs Field.

Jamie McAndrew, who began the season as a replacement player, won in his second major league start. McAndrew was a punter for the University of Florida in 1987; he was replaced by Herbert Perry, now a first baseman for Cleveland.

John Jaha, who had four hits, Dave Nilsson and Jose Valentin homered for the Brewers. Albert Belle tied a career-high with four hits for the Indians.

Blue Jays 3, Tigers 0

Al Leiter pitched Toronto out of last place in the AL East, shutting out Detroit on three hits for eight innings. The Blue Jays had been at the bottom of the division, or tied for the spot, every day since June 20 until winning at Tiger Stadium. Detroit lost for the 26th time in 33 games and dropped one-half game behind Toronto. Leiter (8-7) gave up three singles.

Royals 3, Orioles 2

Gregg Olson proved to the Orioles that he could still pitch, holding them scoreless for 21/3 innings and getting his first win in the majors since June 22, 1992, while with Baltimore.

Gary Gaetti, batting for Michael Tucker, led off the Kansas City 10th with his 26th home run, connecting against Jesse Orosco at Camden Yards.