American League Roundup : Tigers End A’s 14-Game Winning Streak, 8-2
Larry Herndon hit his first home run of the season, a three-run blast in the third inning, Tuesday night at Oakland and the Detroit Tigers ended the Athletics’ 14-game winning streak with an 8-2 victory.
Walt Terrell, making only his second start of the season, gained the victory, pitching seven strong innings. Terrell, a 17-game winner last season, came off the disabled list to make his first start last Thursday. He was knocked out by the Angels in the fifth inning.
It was the Athletics’ eighth loss in 32 games, but only their first against an Eastern Division rival after winning 12 in a row. The Athletics had not lost since April 22 when Carlton Fisk of the Chicago White Sox hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to beat them, 7-5.
Curt Young, who won his first two decisions, was the victim of Herndon’s home run. Herndon was batting only .219.
Despite the loss the Athletics, the only club over .500 in the division, lead the West by 8 games.
Minnesota 9, Milwaukee 3--In putting an end to the Brewers’ winning streak at 10 games, Frank Viola (5-1) also set a Twins’ record for scoreless innings at Minneapolis.
Viola shut the Brewers out for seven innings to extend his string to 30 innings before the Brewers knocked him out with a three-run eighth inning. The record of 28 was set by Jim Kaat in 1968.
Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek hit back-to-back home runs for the Twins to ignite a six-run fourth inning that ended the Brewers’ streak.
Puckett has hit safely in 21 of 22 games. Hrbek has hit all nine of his home runs in the last 14 games.
Viola has won 13 straight decisions at the Metrodome.
New York 17, Chicago 3--The Yankees, storming back from a disastrous weekend in Texas, took it out on the White Sox.
Don Mattingly hit his first home run of the season to lead a 20-hit attack. Mattingly also had a double and a single and drove in four runs.
In Texas, the Yankees lost three games to the Rangers and Manager Billy Martin was involved in an altercation in a topless club.
John Candelaria (4-2) breezed to his third complete game in seven starts. The last time he had more than three complete games in a season was 1980.
Mattingly, playing in his 32nd game, hit his home run to climax a seven-run third-inning rally that made it easy for Candelaria.
It was a costly defeat for the White Sox. Fisk, their 40-year-old catcher, suffered a broken right hand when he was struck by a foul tip in the eighth inning.
Jack Clark, the Yankees’ last batter of the game, fouled off a pitch that struck Fisk between the thumb and index finger.
Fisk, who hit his eighth home run in the fourth inning, will be out 4 to 6 weeks.
Seattle 4, Toronto 2--Mark Langston struck out a career-high 16 at Toronto and Rey Quinones drove in two runs to spark the Mariners.
Langston, who has led the American League in strikeouts in three of the last four seasons, improved his record to 3-3 with an eight-hitter, including Jesse Barfield’s homer in the ninth.
Jim Clancy (1-4) went the distance, but couldn’t prevent the Blue Jays from losing for the 11th time in the last 15 games.
Kansas City 7, Boston 2--Bo Jackson went 4 for 5 at Kansas City to lead the Royals out of a deep batting slump and end their six-game losing streak.
The Royals, who had only 29 hits in their six-game losing streak, pounded out 18 hits to make it easy for Floyd Bannister (5-2).
Willie Wilson and Steve Balboni each had three hits and George Brett extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Jackson scored two runs and drove in another.
Texas 13, Baltimore 5--Pete Incaviglia hit a two-run home run and two doubles, Steve Buechele had four hits and even Larry Parrish’s bat came to life against the pitiful Orioles at Arlington, Tex.
It wasn’t one of Charlie Hough’s better performances, but he lasted eight innings and improved his record to 4-4.
Parrish, batting only .137 before the game, had three hits, including a two-run home run as the Orioles’ record fell to 4-27.
Parrish gave credit to Ted Williams for emerging from his slump. “Last night, at 2 a.m., I dragged out an old tape of Williams,” he said. “I had a good batting practice and a good game. I’ll have to watch (the tape) again tonight.”