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It was bound to happen sooner or later.

The Detroit Tigers won a game. That's right, the Detroit Tigers won, beating the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Wednesday night."Whew," Tigers manager Buddy Bell said. "I don't even know how to act right now."

Just enjoy it, Buddy.

Curtis Pride, who hit one of Detroit's four solo homers, tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Tigers posted only their fourth win in May and just their fifth in 37 games.

Cecil Fielder, Melvin Nieves and Raul Casanova also homered for the Tigers.

It wasn't so easy, though. There was some luck involved.

Fielder made a great stop at first base of Michael Tucker's two-out, bases-loaded smash in the eighth. Nieves then turned in a sparkling catch of Bob Hamelin's sinking liner to right in the ninth as Joe Randa, who doubled leading off, forgot to tag up and go to third.

Rangers 5, Indians 4

At Arlington, Dean Palmer raced home with the go-ahead run on a passed ball to cap Texas' three-run rally in the eighth inning, and the Rangers completed a three-game sweep.

Texas, which has won five straight games, defeated the Indians for the fourth time in six games between the division leaders this season.

Angels 4, Yankees 0

At Anaheim, Chuck Finley blanked New York for eight innings and California shut out the majors' top hitting team for the second straight night.

Finley (7-2), who gave up seven hits and struck out 10, hasn't given up a run to New York in his last 17 innings.

Athletics 7, Red Sox 6

Torey Lovullo's bases-loaded grounder scored the winning run when first baseman Mo Vaughn's throw to the plate was in the dirt for an error as Oakland rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th.

Heathcliff Slocumb (1-3) did not retire any of the five batters he faced in the 10th, blowing his fourth save in 11 chances.

Mariners 9, Orioles 8

At Seattle, after Ken Griffey Jr. tied it with a homer, Russ Davis won it with a bases-loaded single in the ninth.

Davis, whose fielding error in the top of the inning gave Baltimore an 8-7 lead, drove in Jay Buhner with a line drive off the right-field wall.

Twins 8, Brewers 7, 12 innings

At Milwaukee, Jeff Reboulet hit an RBI single with one out in the 12th for the Twins, who blew a 7-1 lead.

Dave Hollins opened the 12th with a bunt single off Graeme Lloyd (1-2) and was sacrificed to second. Reboulet, who entered the game in the 11th, followed with a single up the middle, and Chuckie Carr's throw hit Hollins as he slid past home plate.

Blue Jays 6, White Sox 5

At Toronto, Jacob Brumfield hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Blue Jays.

Toronto trailed 4-0 when Brumfield, obtained May 15 in a trade from Pittsburgh, started a comeback in the second with his second AL homer, a two-run shot to left off Joe Magrane (1-1).