AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP : Jackson Helps Royals Win in 11
Kansas City has not had an easy time winning this season, and that hasn’t changed. But at least the Royals have found ways to get the job done with some measure of consistency.
Bo Jackson singled home the winning run in the 11th inning Monday night at Cleveland, as Kansas City defeated the Indians, 4-2, for its second consecutive extra-inning victory.
The Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox in 10 innings on Sunday, and Monday’s victory marked only the second time they have won two consecutive games this season.
“We shouldn’t have been in extra innings. We beat ourselves in a lot of games this year, and we almost did it again tonight,” Jackson said.
Relief pitcher Jeff Montgomery struck out three and allowed one unearned run in getting the win.
Kurt Stillwell opened the 11th with a single off loser Cecilio Guante. George Brett walked, and Jackson hit a soft single to right center, scoring Stillwell. Two outs later, Pat Tabler drove in Brett from third with an infield single.
Milwaukee 5, Detroit 4--B.J. Surhoff hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning as the Brewers overcame Cecil Fielder’s fourth home run in two games to defeat the Tigers at Milwaukee.
Surhoff’s second homer of the season followed a walk to Dale Sveum and single by Paul Molitor off loser Jack Morris.
Fielder’s major league leading 11th homer gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the fourth off Mark Knudson.
Oakland 5, New York 1--Jose Canseco hit two home runs, including a three-run shot in the first inning at Oakland, as the Athletics ended the Yankees’ three-game winning streak.
The A’s have won four consecutive games against New York this season and six in a row over the past two seasons.
Canseco has hit 18 home runs against New York since breaking in with the Athletics in 1985. He has hit two homers in a game 10 times, the last time Aug. 29, 1989, against the Yankees.
After his homer in the eighth off loser Tim Leary, Mark McGwire was hit with a pitch and both managers were warned. Leary was then replaced by Jeff Robinson.
Mike Moore allowed one run and four hits in seven innings to win his third consecutive game and second in a row against the Yankees.
Toronto 6, Chicago 1--Kelly Gruber hit his 10th home run and Dave Stieb improved to 19-4 lifetime against the White Sox as the Blue Jays won at Toronto.
Stieb allowed seven hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings and Duane Ward finished.
Gruber’s homer, his third in two days, scored Tony Fernandez from third to snap a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning against loser Jack McDowell.
John Olerud gave the Blue Jays a 5-1 lead in the sixth with a two-run homer off Wayne Edwards.
Robin Ventura was hitless in two at-bats to extent his slump to his last 36 at-bats.
Boston 5, Seattle 4--Tom Brunansky, acquired by Boston last week, sparked a four-run third inning with a two-run double as the Red Sox edged the Mariners at Seattle.
The Red Sox scored four runs in the third inning to erase a 2-0 deficit.
Consecutive singles by Luis Rivera, Wade Boggs and Jody Reed loaded the bases with none out. After Mike Greenwell flied out, Brunansky lined Erik Hanson’s pitch for a double over right fielder Greg Briley’s head for his first hit with the Red Sox.
Brunansky was acquired by Boston last Friday from the St. Louis Cardinals for reliever Lee Smith.