AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP : Red Sox’s Comeback Victory Is Expensive
The Red Sox kept the pressure on the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East, rallying from a 3-0 deficit at Boston to beat the Baltimore Orioles, 4-3.
But the cost of victory might be more than the Red Sox can afford.
They lost right fielder Mike Greenwell, who leads the team with 83 runs batted in, in the third inning, and possibly lost bullpen ace Jeff Reardon as well.
Greenwell suffered a groin injury and possible cartilage damage in a knee when he stumbled crossing first base. He might be sidelined for the season.
Although Reardon ended the game by striking out Randy Milligan, he grabbed his right shoulder after the second strike to Milligan. He had to stop play for a few minutes and, after getting his 40th save, appeared to be in pain.
“I don’t think Reardon is serious, just a twinge,” Manager Joe Morgan said. “But it doesn’t look good for Mike.”
Home runs by Glenn Davis and rookie Leo Gomez gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead. But Wade Boggs hit a two-out double in the second to drive in two runs and the Red Sox tied the score in the fifth.
Pitchers complain that the nearness of the high wall in left field results in some cheap home runs at Fenway Park, but they aren’t as cheap as Jack Clark’s game-winner to right in the sixth that broke the tie.
Clark was fooled on the pitch by Jose Mesa (5-11), but managed to get the end of the bat on the ball and sent a high, soft fly to right. As right fielder Dwight Evans sauntered over to catch it, a crosswind carried it around the foul pole, a 302-foot home run.
Seattle 5, Toronto 4--Blue Jay reliever David Weathers walked Jay Buhner with the bases loaded and two out in the 11th inning, giving the Mariners a victory and cutting the Blue Jays’ lead in the AL East to 2 1/2 games over the Red Sox.
Reliever Tom Henke blew a save chance for the second consecutive game and the Blue Jays went on to lose their third in a row.
Henke, who had converted 32 of 33 save opportunities before this series began, took over to start the ninth with a 4-3 lead. But Harold Reynolds led off with a triple and scored the tying run on Pete O’Brien’s one-out single off the glove of drawn-in second baseman Roberto Alomar.
The Mariners loaded the bases in the 11th on Greg Briley’s single against Jim Acker, a sacrifice by Reynolds, an intentional walk to Ken Griffey Jr. and a walk by reliever Bob MacDonald.
Cleveland 3, Detroit 1--Doug Jones lost it as a reliever, but he’s regained it as a starter.
Jones (3-7), who flopped as a reliever this season, struck out 11 Tigers at Cleveland and improved to 2-0 with an ERA of 1.62 in two starts since coming back from the minors.
Kansas City 4, Minnesota 1--Bret Saberhagen held the Twins to five hits in 7 2/3 innings at Minneapolis and won for the first time since his no-hitter Aug. 26.
Saberhagen (11-8) is 3-0 with an earned-run average of 1.00 against the Twins this season. He outpitched Jack Morris (16-12).
Milwaukee 2, New York 0--Chris Bosio pitched a two-hitter at New York and the Brewers handed the Yankees their 11th loss in 12 games.
Bosio (12-10) gave up a leadoff single to Steve Sax in the first, then retired 16 in a row. He didn’t give up another hit until Torey Lovullo singled to open the ninth.
George Canale, hitless in his first six at-bats this season, hit a Pascual Perez pitch into the top deck in right field in the second inning.