American League Roundup : Tigers Beat Red Sox; A’s Stewart Pitches One-Hitter

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Pat Sheridan’s tiebreaking, two-run single in the sixth inning drove Roger Clemens from the mound with his first road loss of the season Thursday night and helped the Detroit Tigers retain first place with an 11-6 victory over the challenging Boston Red Sox.

Alan Trammell, hitting third in the lineup for the first time this season, drove in five Detroit runs with a pair of doubles as Boston lost for the second time in 21 games under Manager Joe Morgan.

Clemens (15-6) is 10-1 on the road this season and 13-1 in his last 15 road starts over two years. He has lost just three times in his last 22 road decisions--all in Tiger Stadium.


The Tigers are one game ahead of the Red Sox and two ahead of the New York Yankees, whose game in Milwaukee was rained out.

Oakland 2, Seattle 0--Dave Stewart pitched the first one-hitter of his career, retiring 16 consecutive Mariners at one point, as the Athletics won at Oakland.

Stewart (14-10) shut down the Mariners after Jay Buhner opened the third inning with a line-drive single to center field, until he walked Scott Bradley in the eighth.

The complete game was Stewart’s fifth straight and 12th of the season, giving him the major league lead in that category. He was coming off a four-hit, 5-2 victory over the Mariners last weekend. Stewart, who lost four in a row before that win, had never done better than a four-hitter before.

Baltimore 5, Cleveland 0--When all else fails, the Orioles try Dave Schmidt as a starting pitcher. It usually works.

Schmidt (4-3) made his first start since last Aug. 22 and pitched the Orioles to the win at Cleveland, giving them a sweep of the three-game series.


The Orioles’ sweep was their first since Aug. 18-20 last year, when they took three from the Angels in Anaheim. They hadn’t swept an AL East club since the opening weekend of the 1987 season, when they won three games in Cleveland.

Minnesota 2, Toronto 1--Allan Anderson pitched a four-hitter, and Kirby Puckett hit his 15th home run as the Twins surpassed their road victory total for all of last season.

Minnesota was 29-52 on the road in 1987, winning the World Series with four victories in the Metrodome. The Twins are 30-25 on the road this year.

Anderson (9-7) did not walk or strike out a batter in winning for the fourth time in five decisions. He got 17 ground-ball outs, including two double plays.

Mike Flanagan (10-8) gave up 6 hits in 8 innings, striking out 4 and walking 5 in the game at Toronto.