A night filled with doubles and homers came down to one disputed fraction of an inch.
Wally Joyner slid past the tag of Jim Leyritz with two outs in the ninth inning, giving host Kansas City a 6-5 victory over New York on Wednesday night.
The Yankees are sure Leyritz caught left fielder Randy Velarde’s throw and tagged Joyner in time.
“He was definitely out. Pretty blatantly out,” said manager Buck Showalter, who rushed to argue with plate umpire Dale Scott as the Royals high-fived each other after coming back from a four-run deficit to snap the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak.
“He was out,” said Leyritz.
Joyner hit a leadoff single off reliever Bob Wickman (2-3), and was sacrificed to second by Gary Gaetti, who came to the plate needing a triple to hit for the cycle.
Greg Gagne then singled to left off John Wetteland, and Joyner beat Velarde’s throw.
The Royals had lost six of their last seven.
“That call could have gone either way,” Gaetti said. “You never know on something like that.”
Orioles 7, Rangers 6
Texas lost its 10th straight game, its longest skid in 13 years, as Jamie Moyer pitched seven innings of three-hit ball in Baltimore’s victory.
Angels 6, Indians 3
Dennis Martinez failed in his bid to become the first Cleveland pitcher in 58 years to win his first 10 decisions of a season, taking the loss in California’s victory.
Blue Jays 6, Twins 2
Shawn Green hit a three-run double and Pat Hentgen struck out a season-high eight as Toronto beat Minnesota.
Red Sox 5, White Sox 3
Dave Hollins singled to break a sixth-inning tie in his Boston debut, and Mike Greenwell drove in three runs as the Red Sox beat Chicago.
Tigers 10, Athletics 4
David Wells waited out a 77-minute rain delay at the start, then won his ninth straight decision as Detroit beat Oakland.
Managers Phil Garner of the Milwaukee Brewers and Terry Bevington of the Chicago White Sox were suspended for four games following their bizarre brawl last weekend at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
Bevington said he will appeal, meaning he can continue managing until a hearing is held with A.L. president Gene Budig. Garner said he will not appeal, and the penalty will start today when the Brewers begin a four-game series at home against California.
Third-base coach Duffy Dyer will replace Garner during the suspension. Dyer also was the Brewers’ manager for three games from Sept. 24-26, 1993, when Garner was suspended.
Clearing the bases
Darryl Strawberry and the New York Yankees are close to completing a contract, the team acknowledged, without saying when he might join the club… . Outfielder Darin Erstad, chosen first overall by the California Angels in June’s draft, signed a contract worth $1.725 million… . The Blue Jays have won 14 of their last 17 games against the Minnesota Twins in Toronto… . The Angels have homered in 15 consecutive games, a span in which they have hit 30… . The Detroit Tigers sent a total of 19 batters to the plate in the fourth and fifth innings. Lou Whitaker (two strikeouts) and Chris Gomez (double play and groundout) combined for five of the six outs.