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REPUBLIC MAIL ; 02 THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC MONDAY, MAY 4, 1987 Davis' three homers, six RBI power Reds past Phillies Republic Sports Wires PHILADELPHIA Eric Davis hit three home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs, "boosting the Cincinnati Reds past the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-6, on Sunday. Davis, leading the major leagues with 12 homers, went 4 for 5 and scored four runs. During the three-game series, he went 9 for 13 with five homers, 11 RBI and Beven runs scored. ". The 24-year-old center fielder also hit a grand slam Friday night, and tied a major league record with two plams in a month. "His bat speed is outstanding, and he's the fastest runner in the league. Put those two together, and you've got some athlete. Nothing he does surprises me," said Reds manager Pete Rose. ? "That's about as good a series as youll ever see a ballplayer have," said Phillies manager John Felske. Montreal. "I never expected him to do anything like this. I thought he might go 2 for 8 or 2 for 9 in the series," said Expos manager Buck Rodgers. "Tim's hitting the ball crisply. Two game-winners in as many days. I can't ask for anymore than that" Raines homered with two outs in the first inning to give Montreal a 1-0 lead. Cubs 4, Padres 2 CHICAGO Andre Dawson hit a homer, double and single, and Leon Durham had two RBI for Chicago. The Padres ldst their fifth straight, dropping to 6-20, the worst record in the major leagues. The Cubs won for the ninth time in their last 12 games to move within a half-game of first-place St Louis in the East Rick Sutcliffe (4-2) retired the first 12 before giving up a pair of singles in the fifth. He yielded seven hits: striking out seven, in 8V4 innings. Lee Smith recorded the last two outs for his eighth save. The temperature at game time was only 44 degrees. The wind was blowing toward home plate at 18 mph." "I think it was the coldest day of the season," Said Cubs manager Gene MichaeL "We had two heaters going in the dugout" "". Braves 5, Astros 3 ATLANTA Ken Oberkfell and Ken Griffey each drove in two runs for Atlanta. . : Left-hander Zane Smith (3-1) yielded seven hits in Vh innings. Jeff Decbnon recorded the final five outs to record his first save. :V Oberkfell doubled in a run for a 4-2 lead in the fifth and then singled home another in the sixth with the 1,000th hit of his career. National League "We tried to get the ball in on him, but he's just hot, and we couldn't do anything with him." Winner Bill Gullickson (4-1), who also homered, yielded six runs and nine hits in hVi innings. John Franco pitched the ninth for his fourth save. The Reds hit three home runs in the third, knocking out starter Kevin Gross (0-4). Gullickson led off with his second career homer and Kal Daniels followed with his eighth of the season. Two outs later, Davis homered to right field. Expos 2, Mets 0 NEW YORK Tim Raines homered for the second straight game, and is 5 for 9 since re-signing with 8-run 2nd triggers Firebirds By BOB YOUNG The Arizona Republic Firebirds manager Wendell Kim kept saying it had to happen eventually. Sunday afternoon, it finally did. I The Firebirds banged out a season-high 16 hits and coasted past the Calgary Cannons, 11-7, at Municipal Stadium. I The victory gave the Firebirds (8-16) a split of their four-game series with Calgary (15-9). Phoenix plays host to a four-game series with Portland beginning at 7:05 tonight. Roger Mason, who was sent down from San Francisco last Thursday, will start against Allan Anderson. 1 Phoenix did most of its damage in the second inning with 12 batters. The Firebirds collected six hits and scored eight runs. , Shortstop Angel Escobar hit a two-run triple in the inning, one of three extra-base hits for the switch hitter Sunday. He had a triple from each side. However, several of the other hits were bloopers. i, "We came out smoking," Kim said. "I know we had some of those squibbers and soft Texas Leaguers, but I'll take those any day. Those have been going the other way, basically all year." The Firebirds chased starter Tony Ferreira (1-2) in the second. He faced seven in the second and was charged with six runs. Calgary ' used five more pitchers before the day was through. Phoenix starter Jeff Brantley (1-2) went five innings to earn his first victory of the season. Keith Comstock finished and recorded his first save. Brantley struggled in the fourth, yielding four hits and four runs. However, Kim said he wanted Brantley to receive the victory, and the Firebirds, who had scored three more runs in the third inning, led by 11-6 at that point. Phoenix came into the game with a .236 team batting average, lowest in the league. Third baseman Mark Wasinger combined a 4-for-5 performance with two sparkling plays in the field. Catcher Mackey Sasser, who is among the league leaders in hitting, had three hits and drove in four runs. Outfielder Alan Cockrell continued his torrid hitting against Calgary, collecting two hits and driving in two runs. "It was nice," Sasser said. "We've been getting hits, but we haven't been getting the hits. It's about time some luck fell our way. The other teams having been getting the same bloopers, and when a team hits those kind of balls it's hard on the pitching staff. This has to give bur staff some Confidence." NOTE Infielder-outfielder Randy Kutcher, who started the season in Phoenix and was recalled by San Francisco on April 17, is headed back to Phoenix. "I expect him (today)," Kim said. ?T11 have to see what they (the ! Giants) want exactly. If they expect somebody to be ready to come back up, he'll play in the infield. If we do what I want, he'll solidify our outfield." 0 ?i m,.,....,.. V. .V,.-. -ft -'flp-- -Y l' ' .v-i7M-fr.V.VAv.AV...J , ft i -"' " - -- ' - tf iHi ...A J..... American League Micnael MeisierRepuouc Chris Jones scores in the eight-run second inning for the Firebirds as catcher Jerry Narron can't handle the throw home. slam propels Bears past Devils Grand By BOB EGER The Arizona Republic BERKELEY, Calif. - California third baseman Charlie Bonney doesn't have impressive statistics, but he certainly knows how to pick his spots. Bonney destroyed Arizona State for the second time in three games as Cal beat the Sun Devils, 7-3, on Sunday at Evans Diamond. Bonney's fifth-inning grand slam enabled the Bears (34-23, 10-16 Pac-10 South) to win the series, two games to one. ASU (32-24, 13-14) finds itself tied with Arizona for third place in the Six-Pac. The Wildcats have won their last six conference games, including a sweep of UCLA this weekend in Tucson. The tie enhances a confrontation between ASU and Arizona on May 15-17 in Tempe. The winner could receive an NCAA playoff bid. ASU starter Gordy Farmer lasted only two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. He left after surrendering two runs on three hits and a walk. Bias Minor replaced Farmer and held the Bears scorless for the next three innings. The Sun Devils, however, couldn't manage a hit against starter Will Schock until Tim Spehr's solo home run in the fifth. A sacrifice fly by Jeff Kent in the fifth scored Cal's third run and left runners at first and second with two outs. Second baseman Tim Esmay then booted a grounder by Pete Fondersmith, loading the bases. Bonney followed by driving a 3-2 fastball from Minor over the left field fence to make the score 7-1. It was only Bonney's fourth home run -this season, but it was his second in this series and his third in the past week. Bonney, 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, hit a grand slam on Tuesday against St. Mary's and a three-run shot against ASU in an' 8-7 victory on Friday. "Three swings of the bat and 11 RBI," -said Cal coach Bob Milano. "That's not bad for a little guy." "I've been seeing the ball real well lately and I've been more patient about waiting for my pitch," said Bonney, who took a .268 batting average into Sunday's game. "I knew he (Minor) had to get the ball . over the plate in that situation and I was ready for it." Said Brock: "Obviously the home run destroyed us, but the big thing wasn't the 3-2 pitch but getting into that situation in the first place." Brock said the Sun Devils lost their composure. "We've gone a long stretch without losing our composure or losing our poise, but it happened today," Brock said. "I talked to them about that after the game, and I had the feeling that I had their attention." Plate umpire Darrell Moody ejected Esmay when the player made a comment after taking a called third strike in the eighth inning. Brock, who has a rule against players protesting calls, said: "He (Esmay) will be disciplined. He will run 50 miles before he plays again." Schock, a senior who was making only his third appearance after missing almost two full seasons because of a shoulder injury, yielded only three hits in five-plus innings before giving way to Fred Corral. "He (Schock) did a good job of changing speeds, and we weren't disciplined enough to deal with it," Brock said. Schock said he still has pain in the shoulder. "I take it week -by-week and day-by-day," he said. "It finally got to the point where I couldn't let the whole season go by without getting out there and trying it. "I hadn't felt like I was a part of the team. I do now." Brock said he probably will pitch his top two starters, Mike Schwabe and Linty Ingram, in a double-header against Nevada Las-Vegas at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Tempe. "We're going to do everything we can do win those games and go into the Arizona series feeling good about ourselves," Brock said. Jackson's 2 RBI pace Toros Republic Sports Wires TUCSON - Chuck Jackson drove in both runs on a single and a groundout, and the Tucson Toros beat the Vancouver Canadians, 2-1, on Sunday. Jackson's double-play grounder in the sixth inning broke a 1-1 tie and scored Gerald Young from third base with the winning run. Vancouver had tied, the score in the second inning on U.L. Washington's RBI eingle. Tigers 5, Stars 3 LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Tacoma rallied for four runs in the sixth inning. Pacific Coast League The victory was only Tacoma's second in eight games this season 'against the defending champions. ' Dukes 5, Beavers 4 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Bill Brennan gave up eight singles in seven innings for Albuquerque. Albuquerque scored three runs on three hits in the first inning, a solo run in the second and an unearned run in the third. Arizona sweeps UCLA Associated Press TUCSON Dave Shermet slugged a grand slam and teammate Gary Alexander tied a school record with his 17th home run of the season as Arizona beat UCLA, 12-4, on Sunday. Alexander's two-run homer in the sixth inning put the Wildcats ahead to stay, 4-3. He tied the record set by Bob Woodside in 1977. Alexander also earned his second save. Shermet's grand slam, his 10th homer of the year, capped a six-run eighth inning for Arizona (34-21, 13-14 Pac-10 South). Arizona swept the three-game series against UCLA (34-20-1, 15-12). DeCinces hits grand slam, leads Angels Republic Sports Wires . ANAHEIM, Calif. Doug DeCinces hit his first grand slam in nearly six years and John Candelaria improved his record to 4-0 as the California Angels defeated the Boston Red Sox, 11-4, on Sunday. DeCinces third homer of the season highlighted a six-run sixth inning that gave the Angels an 11-1 lead. It was DeCinces' sixth career grand slam and his first since he hit one against the Angels in 1981, when he was with Baltimore. "A homer with the bases loaded doesn't come along that often," DeCinces said. "When you do it, you better enjoy it Red Sox manager John Mc-Namara decided to walk Wally ' " " Joyner in order to pitch to DeCinces. "I take it as a personal challenge when they walk the . guy in front of me to pitch to me," DeCinces said. "And when you homer with the bases loaded, it's the ultimate." Mariners 7, Brewers 3 SEATTLE Mike Morgan won his second straight since returning from the bullpen. Morgan (2-3) was shelled in his first three starts and sent to the bullpen, but convinced manager Dick Williams to put him back in the rotation. On Sunday, he went the distance, giving up eight hits. Morgan struck out three and walked two. Loser Teddy Higuera (4-1) gave up 6ix runs in three innings. The victory was No. 1,481 for Williams. He passed Earl Weaver on the all-time list, moving into 14th place. Twins 4 Yankees 3 MINNEAPOLIS - Kirby Puckett hit a solo home run with one out in the eighth for the winners. Puckett connected on the first pitch from Tim Stoddard and sent it over the left field fence for his seventh homer of the season. The Twins hit four 6olo home runs. Stoddard (0-1) relieved starter Dennis Rasmussen after Tom Brunansky's game-tying homer in the sixth. Rickey Henderson stole four bases, tying the Yankees' single-game record. Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1 TORONTO Jim Clancy pitched a two-hitter for 8!3 innings, and Toronto extended its streak to six games. Clancy (3-2) struck out seven and walked two.; He yielded a fifth-inning single to Pete O'Brien and left in the ninth with a 3-0 lead. "I watched a video of their hitters before the game today for the first time and I think it really helped me," Clancy said. "They've got some new people in the lineup, and watching the films was a big help." Edwin Correa (1-2) lost despite giving up only four hits in seven innings. White Sox 4, Orioles 3 BALTIMORE Donnie Hill singled home the winning run in the eighth inning. Chicago swept the three-game series and . sent Baltimore to its fourth straight loss. The Orioles' have lost 14 of their last 18. ) Athletics 2, Tigers O OAKLAND, Calif. - Eric Plunk held Detroit to six hits for 8V3 innings and Mike Gallego had his second game-winning RBI in two days as Oakland stretched its streak to four games. ' Ron Cey opened the A's seventh with a single to center field. Stan Javier, pinch-running for Cey, went to third on a single by Mickey Tettleton and scored when Gallego grounded to shortstop Alan Trammell, who threw to second to force Tettleton. : . Plunk struck out five and walked three before Jay Howell recorded the last two outs and his fourth save. It was the first time this season the Tigers have been shut out ' ;', . ' . 1 Royals 2, Indians 1 KANSAS CITY, Mo. 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