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Ripken Provides Miracle As Orioles Top Mets In 12

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Cal Ripken tied the game with an eighth-inning homer and singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 12th Friday night, giving the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 comeback victory over the visiting New York Mets.

The game drew 48,022, the secondlargest crowd in the six-year history of Camden Yards. It was the first time the Orioles and New York played a meaningful game since the 1969 World Series, won by the “Miracle” Mets.

Baltimore won its eighth straight extra-inning game, and ended the Mets’ streak of eight wins in extras.

Aaron Ledesma opened the 12th with a walk off John Franco (4-2) and moved to second on a sacrifice. An infield hit by Geronimo Berroa and a walk to Rafael Palmeiro loaded the bases for Ripken, who drove a 1-2 pitch to the base of the wall in left-center.

Earlier in the game, Ripken had fouled out with the bases loaded and been thrown out at the plate trying to score on a grounder. Arthur Rhodes (10-3) pitched two innings to earn his career-high 10th victory.

Braves 9, Red Sox 1 Boston

The Atlanta Braves returned to their original hometown and beat their former crosstown rivals.

Nomar Garciaparra hit in his 30th consecutive game, extending his record for A.L. rookies with an infield single in the third inning. Benito Santiago holds the M.L. rookie record with 34.

The Braves played in Boston from the time the franchise was formed in 1871 until 1953, when owner Lou Perini moved them to Milwaukee and then, in 1966, on to Atlanta.

Indians 7, Cubs 6 Cleveland

David Justice capped a big night for Cleveland’s ex-National Leaguers, hitting a tiebreaking, bases-loaded single in the eighth.

Justice, a two-time N.L. All-Star with Atlanta, drilled a 1-2 pitch from Bob Patterson to right field to score former Braves teammate Marquis Grissom from third.

It was the first non-exhibition game between the teams since 1899, when the Cleveland club was known as the Spiders and played in the National League.

Cardinals 9, Royals 7 Kansas City, Mo.

Willie McGee, the only man in the game who played in the 1985 World Series, hit a bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning that boosted St. Louis over Kansas City in the long-awaited rematch of their seven-game classic.

Many fans wore their “I-70 World Series” T-shirts. Most were faded and a great many looked tighter than they were 12 years ago.

Angels 3, Padres 1 San Diego

Ken Hill took a shutout into the ninth inning and hit a two-run double, leading Anaheim past San Diego before 60,230, baseball’s largest crowd this season.

Hill, a .148 career hitter, doubled off Pete Smith (5-5) in the fifth inning for his first hit since July 9, 1995, with St. Louis. It scored Luis Alicea and Chad Kreuter and gave the Angels a 2-0 lead.

White Sox 5, Astros 4 Chicago

Robin Ventura hit an RBI triple in the eighth inning and scored on Mike Cameron’s single as Chicago rallied.

Jorge Fabregas added a two-run homer for the White Sox. Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio homered for Houston.

Reds 5, Twins 3 Minneapolis

Willie Greene’s three-run homer led Cincinnati to a win over Minnesota in a matchup of two of the majors’ most disappointing teams.

Jon Nunnally had an RBI single in the seventh and a run-scoring double in the ninth for Cincinnati, extending his hitting streak to 13 games.

Giants 5, Rangers 4 (12) San Francisco

Barry Bonds lined a double off the first-base bag and Jeff Kent hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 12th to help San Francisco stop a two-game slide.

Kent also homered to tie the Giants’ record of 26 homers in a season by a second baseman set by Rogers Hornsby in 1927.

Dodgers 5, Athletics 4 (10) Los Angeles

Otis Nixon hit a bases-loaded, two-run single with one out in the bottom of the 10th for Los Angeles.

Brewers 4, Pirates 1 Milwaukee

Scott Karl won his eighth straight decision and Jeff Cirillo hit a two-run double for Milwaukee.

Karl (10-10) became the first Brewers pitcher to win eight consecutive decisions since Cal Eldred and Chris Bosio both won 10 in a row in 1992.

The Pirates played in County Stadium for the first time since Sept. 5, 1965, when they beat the Milwaukee Braves.

Expos 4, Yankees 3 New York

Montreal’s Doug Strange reached on second baseman Rey Sanchez’s throwing error and scored on Mark Grudzielanek’s two-out double in the ninth inning.

Marlins 8, Blue Jays 0 Toronto

Al Leiter came off the disabled list and beat the team he played with for seven seasons.

Charles Johnson homered, doubled and drove in four runs and Edgar Renteria went 4 for 4 with a walk and drove in two runs for Florida. Leiter pitched for Toronto from 1989-95.

Tigers 7, Phillies 2 Detroit

Detroit’s Willie Blair pitched eight innings to win for the 10th time in 12 decisions.

Blair (14-6) allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four. The righthander is 11-4 since he had his jaw fractured by a line drive May 4.

Clearing the bases

Mark McGwire hit his ninth homer for the Cardinals and his 43rd of the year, tying Ken Griffey Jr. for the M.L. lead. … Brett Butler, who survived throat cancer last year, returned to the Dodgers Friday, relieved that swelling in his throat this time was simply an infection. … Phillies pitcher Reggie Harris began serving his suspension, which was reduced from five games to four, for intentionally throwing at Atlanta’s Andruw Jones on June 22.

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