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American League Roundup : Toronto Snaps Six-Game Losing Streak With 5-1 Win Over Milwaukee

From Times Wire Services

Losing streaks don’t last forever. It just seems that way.

Toronto finally ended its six-game skid Wednesday, defeating the Brewers, 5-1, at Milwaukee.

“It feels good to win again,” Manager Bobby Cox said of the victory that kept his team 2 1/2 games ahead in the American League East. “I hope it’ll start another streak. This one had to end sometime.”

Toronto used George Bell’s two-run triple, starter Jim Clancy’s seven steady innings and good relief work from Gary Lavelle and Bill Caudill to beat the Brewers.

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Clancy (3-4) gave up one run on seven hits, four walks and had five strikeouts over seven innings. Caudill earned his 10th save.

Milwaukee starter Pete Vuckovich, making a comeback from a shoulder injury that sidelined him last season, lasted only three innings in falling to 2-5. He gave up four runs on seven hits, two walks and had two strikeouts.

“I’ve never been a quitter, and I’m not going to quit now,” said Vuckovich, the 1982 Cy Young Award winner. “One game does not determine my life.”

Detroit 9, Boston 3--Lou Whitaker had a home run and two singles and knocked in three runs and Kirk Gibson drove in three runs with a home run and two doubles to lead the Tigers past the Red Sox at Detroit.

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The loser was Boston’s Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd, who saw his four-game streak of complete game victories end. “I don’t like to be hit around like that,” said Boyd, touched for 11 hits in 7 innings. “I tip my hat to them. But they know I’m better than that.”

Walt Terrell raised his record to 8-2 with an eight-hitter over 7 innings before Aurelio Lopez was summoned to shut down Boston for the second night in a row. He earned his fifth save.

Texas 5, Seattle 4--Wayne Tolleson drove in Larry Parrish with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly to lift the Rangers to the win at Arlington, Tex.

The Rangers entered the sixth inning trailing, 4-3, and had not had a hit since the first. But Pete O’Brien broke the streak with a leadoff single, Gary Ward grounded into a fielder’s choice and Parrish walked, chasing Frank Wills (2-1).

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Tommy Dunbar then hit a run-scoring single off Ed Nunez and Glenn Brummer followed with an infield single that loaded the bases and set up Tolleson’s game-winning RBI.

Kansas City 3, Minnesota 2--Hal McRae belted a solo homer in the eighth inning to give Danny Jackson and the Royals the win over the Twins at Kansas City.

McRae jumped on a 2-0 pitch from starter Pete Filson to snap a 2-2 tie and give the Royals their third victory over the Minnesota in as many nights. It was McRae’s second homer of the season and dropped Filson to 3-4.

Jackson (5-4) scattered six hits, walked two and struck out one over eight innings. Dan Quisenberry pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

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New York 10, Baltimore 0--Ron Hassey hit two solo homers and Dave Winfield hit a two-run shot among his four hits as the Yankees trounced the Orioles at Baltimore to complete a three-game sweep.

The victory was the fourth straight for New York. The Orioles have lost three in a row after winning their first three under rehired Manager Earl Weaver.

Ed Whitson (2-6) allowed six hits while pitching New York’s second shutout of a series in which the Yankees pounded out 44 hits and outscored Baltimore, 26-4.

Rickey Henderson had two walks and two singles, and finished the series with 10 hits in 12 trips, four walks, five stolen bases, six runs scored, and three RBIs.

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Chicago 8, Oakland 7--Rookie speedster Ozzie Guillen scored from second base on a wild pitch in the 12th inning to give the White Sox their second extra-inning victory in as many nights at Chicago despite a pair of three-run home runs by the A’s Dave Kingman.

Chicago tied the game, 7-7, in the ninth on a solo home run by Carlton Fisk and a two-run homer by Greg Walker after two were out.

In the 12th, Guillen led off with a single and was moved to second on Marc Hill’s sacrifice. Loser Rick Langford (0-1) then let loose with a wild pitch and Guillen raced around to score before catcher Mickey Tettleton could get to the ball and make a play.

Kingman hit his 15th and 16th home runs, both into the upper deck of the left-field stands, to help the A’s take a 7-4 lead into the ninth.

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