Eddie Murray moved within one hit of 3,000 with a home run and single, then made outs in his last four atbats, as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 10-5 Thursday night in Minneapolis.
Murray hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a single in the second off Scott Erickson for 2,999 career hits.
But he struck out in the fourth and fifth and grounded out in the seventh. The crowd of 17,116 was standing and chanting “Eddie! Ed-die!” when he grounded out again in the ninth on a nice play in the hole by shortstop Pat Meares.
Murray is trying to become the 20th player, and the only switch-hitter besides Pete Rose, to reach the 3,000-hit mark.
Angels 20, Rangers 4
Jim Edmonds had two singles to extend his hitting streak to 23 games and California opened the game with 11 runs on its way to victory over Texas.
The 20 runs were the most scored in the major leagues this season. With the win, the Angels, who finished with 21 hits, moved into a first-place tie with the Rangers in the A.L. West.
ChiSox 17, Brewers 13
Robin Ventura had five of Chicago’s season-high 22 hits and Ray Durham and Craig Grebeck each had four RBIs as the White Sox beat Milwaukee for their seventh straight win.
There were two dugoutclearing incidents resulting in the sixth-inning ejection of Milwaukee reliever Bill Wegman and the ninthinning ejections of Chicago reliever Rob Dibble and Brewers second baseman Pat Listach.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 1
Joe Carter hit two of Toronto’s four home runs and Juan Guzman went the distance with a seven-hitter to snap Baltimore’s four-game winning streak.
Red Sox 7, Tigers 1
Tim Wakefield won his first game in four starts and Mike Macfarlane homered as Boston increased its A.L. East lead over Detroit to six games.
Clearing the bases
Cleveland activated Sandy Alomar Jr. from the disabled list after the former Spokane Indians catcher completed a rehabilitation assignment at CantonAkron… . His younger brother, Toronto second baseman Roberto Alomar, has played 100 straight error-free games… . Chad Curtis of Detroit extended his hitting streak to 15 games… . Boston center fielder Lee Tinsley left the game after a third-inning collision with left fielder Mike Greenwell, who hit Tinsley’s head with his left leg while running full speed.