Oakland Defeats K.C., Rasmussen
Craig Paquette and Terry Steinbach each hit three-run homers Saturday and the Oakland Athletics beat Kansas City 7-5, stopping the Royals’ season-high seven-game winning streak.
Dennis Rasmussen was roughed up in his first start of the year for Kansas City. Rasmussen, recalled from Triple A-Omaha on June 5, was tagged for seven runs on six hits in 3 innings.
Blue Jays 4, Rangers 3
Toronto David Cone held Texas hitless until Benji Gil singled with one out in the ninth inning, pitching the Toronto past the Rangers.
Cone had allowed only one runner - Otis Nixon reached on an error to start the game - before Gil singled cleanly to left field.
Brewers 9, Red Sox 1
Rookie Steve Sparks nearly had his first majorleague shutout, but settled for a victory over struggling Roger Clemens as Milwaukee beat slumping Boston.
Jose Valentin hit a solo homer off Clemens in the third, and Greg Vaughn added a two-run shot in the four-run eighth off Rheal Cormier as Milwaukee won its third straight game.
Indians 7, Yankees 4
Rookie Herbert Perry hit two of Cleveland’s four home runs - the first of his career - as rampaging Cleveland beat New York.
Manny Ramirez and Albert Belle also homered for the Indians, who bounced back from a 4-2 loss the previous night. They have not lost two in a row since April 28-29 in Texas, the second and third games of the season.
Tigers 5, Orioles 3
Pinch-hitter Juan Samuel’s double snapped an eighth-inning tie and sent Detroit past Baltimore. The Orioles’ losing streak is five games.
The victory was the 2,157th for Detroit manager Sparky Anderson, tying him with Bucky Harris for third place on the all-time managers’ victory list.
Angels 4, White Sox 3
California, down to its last out in the ninth inning with no one on base, tied the game on three walks and two hit batters and then beat Chicago in the 11th on a fielding error.
With men on first and second and one out in the 11th, Gary DiSarcina singled to right. Mike Devereaux’s throw home was in time to nail Jim Edmonds, but the ball trickled out of Ron Karkovice’s glove as he tried to apply the tag.
Clearing the bases
Mitch Williams, unable to revive his career following a half-season retirement, was released by California Angels.
Williams, 30, the bullpen hero of Philadelphia’s drive to the 1993 National League pennant but the goat of the Phillies’ loss to Toronto in the World Series, was 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in 20 games with the Angels.
In 10 innings, Williams walked 21 and allowed 13 hits.
George Steinbrenner is still working on a one-year contract with an option year for Darryl Strawberry that would probably pay him around $800,000 for the rest of 1995 and at least twice that much if the Yankees exercised their option in the second year, an unidentified source with knowledge of the negotiations said.
As part of the contract, Steinbrenner also is seeking assurances from Goodstein that Strawberry will not have a recurrence of his substance-abuse problems.
He is serving a 60-day suspension from baseball for violating his substance-abuse after-care program.
Roberto Alomar set an American League mark for second basemen with his 90th straight game without an error in Toronto’s 4-3 win over Texas. Jerry Adair held the A.L. record of 89 for Baltimore in 1964 and 1965. Ryne Sandberg holds the major-league record with 123 for the Chicago Cubs in 1989 and 1990. Alomar, a five-time All-Star and career .299 hitter, made his last error on July 24, 1994.
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