May 2, 1996 in Sports

Martinez Slams O’S In 15th Inning

Associated Press
 

American League

Tino Martinez hit a grand slam in the 15th inning as the New York Yankees completed a two-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with an 11-6 victory Wednesday night.

The game lasted 5 hours, 34 minutes. One night earlier, the teams played for 4:21, the longest nine-inning game in baseball history.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 1

Boston

Roger Clemens struck out 13 for his first win of the year, leading Boston past Detroit and sending the Tigers to their 12th loss in 13 games.

Like his team, which holds the worst record in baseball, Clemens (1-4) had been off to his worst start. The three-time Cy Young Award winner had never before been four games less than .500 in his career.

Indians 9, White Sox 5

Cleveland

Albert Belle and Omar Vizquel homered, helping Jack McDowell beat Chicago.

Sandy Alomar had two hits, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games, and had two RBIs for the Indians. Cleveland has won nine straight at home and 15 of 18 overall. It swept the two-game series with the White Sox, who had won seven in a row.

Twins 6, Royals 5 (10)

Minneapolis

Reliever Jeff Montgomery hit Paul Molitor with a pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th, giving Minnesota a win over Kansas City.

Rich Becker, who drove in three runs, drew a one-out walk from Montgomery (0-1). Chuck Knoblauch walked and pinch-hitter Chip Hale loaded the bases with a bouncer. Montgomery then hit Molitor with the first pitch.

Blue Jays 9, Brewers 3

Toronto

Juan Guzman pitched four-hit ball for eight innings and Toronto beat Milwaukee.

Guzman (4-1), the A.L. pitcher of the month for April, didn’t allow a runner past first base until the sixth inning, when Jeff Cirillo hit a two-run homer.

Angels 6, Athletics 4

Oakland, Calif.

Rex Hudler and J.T. Snow each hit two-run homers and California withstood a grand slam by Mark McGwire to beat Oakland.

Russell rejoins Rangers

The Texas Rangers made a long-anticipated move, bringing up righthanded relief pitcher Jeff Russell.

Russell, the club’s career leader in saves (131) and appearances (390), was 1-0 with a 3.03 earned-run average and 20 saves last season despite two stints on the disabled list with back trouble. He underwent back surgery in January to repair a herniated disc.

He spent two months undergoing rehabilitation before signing a minor league contract with the Rangers on March 22.

Clearing the bases

Boston’s Clemens is 26th on the career strikeout list with 2,384. Sandy Koufax is 25th with 2,396. … The Royals have hit homers in their last six games, but still are last in the A.L. with 16.

Kansas City recalled pitcher Doug Linton from Class AAA Omaha, and designated reliever Ken Robinson for assignment. Robinson was 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA.

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