The Toronto Blue Jays signed Dave Winfield as a free agent hoping the 40-year-old outfielder could provide some power to their lineup.
Thursday night at Seattle, Winfield demonstrated that he still has plenty left by hitting a grand slam against Mike Schooler with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Blue Jays an 8-7 victory.
Winfield's 10th career grand slam gave the Blue Jays their fifth consecutive victory.
"It was timely," said Winfield, who has six home runs. "You go up there thinking about hitting a grand slam a lot but rarely does it happen. This was a tremendous victory."
Trailing 7-3 after eight innings, the Blue Jays scored five runs in the ninth against Calvin Jones and Schooler (0-2). Jones struck out Candy Maldonado to open the ninth, but Greg Myers doubled, and Manuel Lee drove in Myers with a single.
"Dave is such a good example on this club," Blue Jay Manager Cito Gaston said. "He's such a positive person. He just keeps these guys going."
Pat Hentgen (3-0) pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief of Jack Morris for the victory. Tom Henke pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Ken Griffey Jr. ended a 1-for-23 slump with two home runs. Kevin Mitchell also homered for Seattle.
Chicago 7, Boston 6--The White Sox issued 15 walks, but overcame a 6-0 deficit for the victory at Chicago.
McGwire leads the majors with 14 home runs. Dennis Eckersley earned his 11th save.
Baltimore 5, Minnesota 4--Joe Orsulak scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Rick Aguilera (0-3), completing a four-run, ninth-inning rally that lifted the Orioles at Baltimore.
Kansas City 6, Milwaukee 4--Kevin McReynolds and Bob Melvin each drove drove in two runs at Kansas City and the Royals won for the fourth time in five games.
Cleveland 8, Texas 7--Rookie Kenny Lofton hit a three-run homer in the fifth and the Indians handed the Rangers their fifth consecutive home loss.