American League Roundup : Twins’ Anderson Beats Orioles Again, 7-0
With Frank Viola recently traded, Allan Anderson is the star of the Minnesota Twins’ pitching staff. Then again, he always looks like an ace to the Baltimore Orioles.
Anderson beat Baltimore for the third time this season, giving up five singles Wednesday night as the Twins beat the Orioles, 7-0, at Baltimore.
Anderson (13-9), who won his fourth consecutive decision, is 6-0 lifetime against Baltimore.
“We do nothing to take him out of his game plan,” Oriole Manager Frank Robinson said. “He moves the ball pretty well, mixes his pitches, and we go up and take nothing away from him. We have to go up there and do something to make him change what he’s doing, and we haven’t done it.”
Anderson walked five, struck out one and allowed only one runner past first base in his first shutout since last Sept. 27.
Kent Hrbek hit a three-run double in the first inning against Mark Thurmond (2-4). The Twins scored twice in the second and made the score 6-0 in the third. Brian Harper homered and doubled, and Kirby Puckett and Tim Laudner also had two hits apiece.
The crowd of 30,132 pushed the Orioles’ season attendance to 1,680,087. Last year, they drew 1,660,739.
Chicago 3, Oakland 2--Carlton Fisk singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to lead the White Sox past the Athletics for their 14th victory in their last 16 home games.
The Athletics tied the score in the ninth when Jose Canseco, who has not started two consecutive games because of a sprained quadriceps muscle, led off with a pinch double against Bobby Thigpen and Ron Hassey hit an RBI single.
In the 11th, Scott Fletcher, Ivan Calderon and Fisk hit consecutive singles with one out against Jim Corsi (0-2). Tom McCarthy (1-1) earned the victory.
Boston 6, Kansas City 2--Danny Heep hit a two-run homer and Nick Esasky had three hits, enabling Mike Boddicker to maintain his mastery at Royals Stadium and lead the Red Sox.
Boddicker (10-8) gave up six hits in 6 2/3 innings and made his record in Kansas City 5-1 with his fifth consecutive victory.
The Royals’ runs came on solo home runs by Kurt Stillwell and George Brett as Boddicker won for the sixth time in his last seven decisions.
Cleveland 7, New York 4--Brook Jacoby hit a two-run, go-ahead double in the fifth inning and Joe Carter followed with a two-run homer, leading the Indians at New York.
Rod Nichols (3-1) won his third consecutive start, giving up four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. Steve Olin finished with two-hit relief in 3 1/3 innings for his first major league save. Andy Hawkins (13-11) gave up six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
With Baltimore’s loss, Cleveland pulled to 2 1/2 games in the East, the closest it has been to first place this late in a non-strike season since Aug. 28, 1959. The Yankees, at 53-61, have their worst record after 114 games since 1967.
Texas 4, Toronto 3--Harold Baines homered and Fred Manrique hit a pair of run-scoring singles at Toronto as the Rangers ended a four-game losing streak.
Charlie Hough (7-11) gave up three runs on five hits in six-plus innings. Kenny Rogers pitched two hitless innings and Jeff Russell went one inning for his 24th save.
Dave Stieb (11-7), in his first start since coming within one out of a perfect game against New York, gave up four runs on seven hits in seven innings as the Blue Jays’ three-game winning streak ended.
Milwaukee 6, Detroit 1--Mike Felder ended an eighth-inning tie with his first home run since Sept. 26, 1987, and only the fourth of his career, as the Brewers defeated the Tigers at Detroit.
Felder’s home run came against Jack Morris (2-9), who remained winless in six starts since May 12.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘Well, it gets that zero off the board,”’ said Felder, who remembers the names of each of the pitchers against whom he has homered. “I felt great. I knew I hit it against a pretty good pitcher who was pitching a pretty good game and it looked like it would win the ballgame for us.”
Milwaukee loaded the bases in ninth and scored three runs when second baseman Lou Whitaker dropped Billy Spiers’ two-out fly ball. Paul Molitor followed with an RBI single.
Chuck Crim (8-5) relieved starter Jerry Reuss, who injured his left hamstring while pitching to Mike Heath with none out in the seventh, to earn the victory. Dan Plesac earned his 27th save.
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