After missing a start for the first time in his career, David Cone came back with his first complete game of the season and gave the New York Yankees' pitching staff a needed rest.
"That's probably as quick a game as I've had in a while," Cone said Thursday night after his five-hitter led the Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 5-1 Thursday night in just 2 hours, 11 minutes.The game was almost exactly half the length of the Yankees' nine-inning game with Baltimore on Tuesday night. They needed more than five hours to beat the Orioles on Wednesday night.
Cone (4-1) pitched for the first time since April 22 after being sidelined by a circulation problem in his right right finger. He struck out eight and walked one.
Angels 3, Athletics 1
Rex Hudler's leadoff homer in the eighth gave Jim Abbott his first victory this season as California completed a three-game sweep at Oakland. The Angels have won 10 of 14 overall and seven straight over the A's.
Tigers 5, Rangers 2
Detroit won for just the second time in 15 games, getting a three-run homer from John Flaherty at Tiger Stadium.
Felipe Lira (2-3) allowed four hits in seven innings, including Rusty Greer's two-run homer. Lira struck out five and walked two.
Blue Jays 7, Brewers 5
Charlie O'Brien hit a two-run homer, and Joe Carter tripled, doubled and drove in a run as Toronto completed a three-game sweep at SkyDome.
After Jose Valentin hit his fourth home run of the season for a 4-3 Milwaukee lead in the sixth, Carter doubled in the bottom half and scored on Juan Samuel's two-out triple.
Indians 6, Mariners 3
7 Innings, Suspended
Albert Belle's 11th homer, a two-run drive in the third off Bob Wolcott, put the Indians ahead.
Jay Buhner hit a solo homer and Edgar Martinez hit a two-run homer for Seattle in the seventh off Orel Hershiser.
Phillies 2, Marlins 0
A year ago, Mike Grace was pitching in Double-A. Now he has the best record in the major leagues. The unbeaten rookie allowed five hits in eight innings for his fifth victory Thursday as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Florida Marlins 2-0.
Grace, 25, extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 16 2-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.53.
"It's hard to put a finger on it," the 6-foot-4 right-hander said. "I don't have any special magic. I'm just trying to throw strikes."
Against Florida, Grace struck out eight and walked two, one intentionally. His strikeout-walk ratio is an impressive 27-7 in 42 2-3 innings.
"He's unbelievable," said closer Ricky Bottalico, who pitched a hitless ninth for his league-leading 10th save. "He has done 10 times more than what we asked of him.
"The bullpen loves him. He's giving us seven or eight strong innings every time he goes out there, and he's only giving up one or two runs."
Grace shares the major-league lead in victories with Atlanta's John Smoltz and San Diego's Joey Hamilton, who are 5-1.