Mike Aldrete’s infield single drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth as the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 for a split of an ejection-filled doubleheader Saturday in Oakland.
Terry Steinbach followed with an RBI single off Juan Guzman (2-5) and Stan Javier had a run-scoring groundout as the A’s broke a four-game losing streak. Paul Molitor had hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth off Dennis Eckersley to tie the game 3-3.
In the first game, Joe Carter and Devon White had three RBIs apiece and Molitor hit a tie-breaking homer in the seventh as the Blue Jays won 9-6. David Cone (7-5) struck out 10 for Toronto.
The first game included Cone’s beaning of Mark McGwire, who had a mild concussion and sat out the second game, and the ejections of two Oakland pitchers. Both benches emptied after Carter was hit by a pitch.
There were four ejections during the doubleheader.
Molitor’s homer in the second game, his seventh of the season, was his 2,700th career hit.
Angels 1, Brewers 0
Mark Langston pitched a three-hitter to outduel Ricky Bones and give California the win.
Langston’s last shutout came on July 2, 1994, when he beat Baltimore 1-0. It was the 18th career shutout for the left-hander, whose career low-hit game is a one-hitter Sept. 24, 1988, against Texas while a member of Seattle.
Twins 9, Red Sox 5
The Boston bullpen blew another game as Stan Belinda gave up a tie-breaking broken-bat single to Chuch Knoblauch in the eighth inning.
Belinda (7-1) gave up a walk and two singles to start the eighth before Knoblauch blooped a hit to left, scoring Scott Stahoviak and Jeff Reboulet. One out later, Rheal Cormier gave up a two-run single to Pedro Munoz.
Royals 4, Tigers 1
A strong start by Mark Gubicza cooled off Detroit, helping Kansas City end the Tigers’ five-game winning streak.
A crowd of 36,905, the second-largest of the season at Tiger Stadium, included about 10,000 bleacher fans who obtained tickets purchased by Detroit slugger Cecil Fielder.
Orioles 5, White Sox 2
Curtis Goodwin drove in two runs and Mike Mussina won his fourth straight start as Baltimore won its third straight.
Goodwin went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI singles, including a seventh-inning base hit that gave Baltimore a 5-1 lead.
Yankees 7, Rangers 3
Pinch-hitter Paul O’Neill broke a seventh-inning tie with a bases-loaded triple and Jack McDowell won for the fifth time in six starts as New York rallied past Texas.
Texas led 3-0 until the fifth, when Jim Leyritz hit an RBI single. One inning later, Mike Stanley hit his seventh homer of the season.
Clearing the bases
Toronto star Joe Carter’s homer was his 316th, tying him with Ron Cey for 60th on the career list… . Rickey Henderson’s triple in the first game of the doubleheader was his 40th for Oakland, establishing a club record. He had been tied with Bert Campaneris.
Boston third baseman Tim Naehring separated his left shoulder diving for a ground ball and had to leave the game. Naehring, who entered the game fifth in the A.L. with a .341 batting average, tried to snag a sharp hit between third and short off the bat of Scott Stahoviak in the fourth inning… . The Rangers brought Steve Buechele in for a tryout and a physical. He was placed on waivers earlier in the week by the Cubs… . After hitting his 24th homer in the first inning Thursday, Boston’s Mo Vaughn struck out six times in his next nine at-bats.
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