BASEBALL ROUNDUP : Bo Is Back, but Guillen Proves a Bigger Hit
Bo Jackson, one of baseball’s top showmen, was nearly shown up by teammate Ozzie Guillen Thursday at Chicago.
Jackson drove in three runs with his first two major league hits since his return from a hip injury, but Guillen highlighted a 10-run fourth inning with his first grand slam as the White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals, 11-2.
In his third start as Chicago’s designated hitter, Jackson went two for four. He is two for 12 since his return to the majors Monday.
“Now that I have my first two hits out of the way, I can live a normal baseball life,” said Jackson, who was released by Kansas City after injuring his hip in a Raider playoff game in January. “I feel comfortable. It was work finding the groove I had last October. I haven’t seen major league pitching until this week.”
Charlie Hough (8-8), who gave up seven hits in eight innings, was the beneficiary of Chicago’s 13-hit, eight-walk offense.
Hough, however, committed a throwing error in the second inning that resulted in first baseman Frank Thomas chipping two teeth.
Thomas, the White Sox’ regular designated hitter, was playing first base because Jackson was in the lineup. He also suffered a bruised wrist when he collided with the Royals’ Terry Shumpert, who was running to first. The ball apparently hit Shumpert on the shoulder and then struck Thomas in the mouth.
The 10-run inning was Chicago’s biggest since the White Sox scored 11 runs in one inning on Oct. 3, 1987 against Oakland. Against the Royals, the White Sox scored all 10 of their fourth-inning runs with two outs.
Toronto 13, Cleveland 1--Jimmy Key gave up one run in 7 2/3 innings and Rance Mulliniks drove in four runs at Cleveland as the first-place Blue Jays took a four-game lead in the AL East.
Mulliniks, Roberto Alomar and Candy Maldonado each had three of the Blue Jays’ season-high 17 hits. Joe Carter had two hits, including his 31st homer.
Oakland 4, Detroit 1--Harold Baines had three hits, including a home run, to lead the Athletics at Detroit.
Mike Moore (13-8) pitched six-plus innings for the victory. Dennis Eckersley got the last two outs for his 37th save, tying Rick Aguilera for the league lead.
Boston 4, Seattle 3--John Marzano’s pinch single off Mike Jackson scored Carlos Quintana from third base with an unearned run in the 10th inning at Boston.
Jeff Reardon (1-3) replaced Roger Clemens at the start of the 10th. Clemens, 3-3 with six no decisions since the All-Star break, gave up nine hits and struck out seven.
San Diego 3, St. Louis 1--The Cardinals pulled off a triple play in the second inning, but pinch-hitter Benito Santiago had a two-run single off Cris Carpenter that highlighted a three-run rally in the eighth at San Diego.
The Cardinals turned their first triple play since Aug. 8, 1988.
With runners on first and second, Jerald Clark hit a hard grounder to Todd Zeile, who touched third base for the force and threw the ball to second baseman Geronimo Pena, who relayed on to first.