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2D Baseball Thursday, August 15, 1991 Reno Gazette-Journal AL ROUNDUP Brewers ground Blue Jays again Long slide: First-place Toronto has lost 7 straight. Joe Hesketh won for the fifth time in six decisions and Tony Pena hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh as Boston won for the sixth time in seven games. Hesketh (7-2) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked one. Jeff Reardon pitched the ninth, giving him 30 saves for a record sixth season. ORIOLES 10, RANGERS 2 at Baltimore Mike Mussina (1-2) got his first major league victory, striking out 10 and allowing three hits in eight innings. Chito Martinez, another rookie, homered twice for the Orioles, who won their fourth straight. Gerald Alexander(5-3) gave up seven runs and seven hits in 2 1-3 innings for the Rangers, who have lost six of seven and10of16. ANGELS 7, TWINS 4 at Minneapolis Dave Winfield ended a 1-for-27 slump with his 400th career home run and Wally Joyner hit another two-run homer off David West (3-3). Kirk McCaskill (9-15) won for the second time in 10 starts since June 25, allowing three runs and eight hits in five innings. McCaskill, 8-2 against the Twins, had lost seven of his previous nine starts. WHITE SOX 9, TIGERS 8 at Detroit Mike Huff broke a 7-7 tie in the eighth tie with a two-run double as Chicago closed within IV2 games of first-place Minnesota in the AL West. Cecil Fielder had two RBIs and became the first player to reach 100 this season. tx By The Associated Press First-place Toronto's losing streak reached seven its longest since the Blue Jays' collapse at the end of the 1987 season as Chris Bosio led the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-3 victory Wednesday night. Bosio (9-8), who hadn't beaten the Blue Jays since Sept. 29, 1 987, allowed one earned run and seven hits in seven innings as he ended a six-game losing streak against Toronto. Doug Henry pitched two perfect innings for his third save. David Wells (12-8) lost his fourth straight start, giving up four runs and nine hits in six-plus innings. ROYALS 5, YANKEES 1 at New York Danny Tartabull hit a grand slam off former-Royal Steve Farr (3-3) in the 1 1 th inning and Kansas City won for the ninth time in 10 games. Tartabull's homer was his 25th this year and his seventh career grand slam. It was the Royals' team-record sixth grand slam this season. RED SOX 2, INDIANS 1 at Cleveland BASEBALL NOTEBOOK Associated Press BASEBALL BALLET: Boston runner Jody Reed upends Cleveland second baseman Carlos Baerga at second Wednesday. out Cubs Winfield joins hitting elite with 400th homer & . . , fo. 'N. ' Carrie fcM ,i i 1 -I , .'...A ...nue-ot .JlSmmltmm Associated Press IT'S A RUN: Philadelphia's Lenny Dykstra slides safely past Pittsburgh catcher Mike LaValliere Wednesday. McGriff hit a 3-2 pitch from Jim De-shaies (4-10) over the fence in right-center in the first inning to become the 13th player to hit grand slams in consecutive games and the first since Milwaukee's Rob Deer did it on Aug. 1 9-20, 1 987. DODGERS 4, REDS 1 at Los Angeles Tim Belcher allowed five hits in seven NL ROUNDUP Expos shut By The Associated Press Rookie Brian Barnes allowed only two hits in 8 'A innings as Montreal beat Chicago, 2-0, for its second straight victory. Barnes (3-4) retired 14 batters in a row in one stretch before walking his fourth batter, George Bell, with one out in the ninth. Barry Jones got the last two outs for his ninth save. Loser Greg Maddux (10-7) singled in the third and Shawon Dun-ston singled in the fourth for the Cubs' lone hits. Bret Barberie opened the third with a triple to right-center and Spike Owen followed with a triple for a 1-0 lead. One out later. De-lino DeShields singled to score Owen. PIRATES 5, PHILLIES 3 at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia for the 14th straight time thanks to run-scoring doubles by Bobby Bonilla and Barry Bonds and a homer-saving catch from Bonds. Pittsburgh came from behind to win for the fifth straight game, including a 4- Desert duo From page 1 D leagues, then that's what I want to do," said Micske, who rivals Reno's Joe Roebuck as the league's best defensive right fielder. "I don't want to waste a year in the minor leagues and miss the chance to earn the money. If I'm ready, I want to be there." Gainer is satisfied for now to let baseball take its course. "I guess they have plans for me but nobody talks about it," he said. "They won't rush me up there." "It's all hush, hush," said Mieske. "That's the way baseball is. Nobody mentions the future." The Padres, Gainer knows, don't need to rush a power hitting, left-handed first baseman to the major leagues. They already have one with Fred McGriff. "It's kind of funny," said Gainer. "But before he was traded to San Diego, he was kind of my idol. I kind of play like him. do the same things. But now he's kind of in my way." Odds are the Padres could find a to as MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Dave Winfield of the California Angels became the 23rd player in major league history to hit 400 career home runs, hitting his 22nd of the season Wednesday night against Minnesota at the Metrodome. Winfield, a Twin Cities native, connected in the top of the fourth inning off Minnesota's David West, hitting a 1-2 pitch over the left-field fence with Dave Parker on base. The 376-foot homer gave California a 3-2 lead. Winfield, the leading home-run hitter among active players, is the first player to reach the 400 mark since Darrell Evans in 1988. The Angels' right fielder, who turns 40 on Oct. 3, needs seven more to tie Duke Snider for 22nd place on the career list. Winfield, a 19-year veteran, has driven in 100 or more runs seven times and 90 or more in three other seasons. He led the National League in 1979 with 118 RBIs while with the San Diego Padres. ners in every inning for winner Tim Worrell, who struck out eight in 6.2 innings. Noland had two hits and three stolen bases, Mieske had two hits and Reggie Farmer, Mieske's replacement in the sixth inning, had two doubles and a home run. Gainer, who went 0-for-4 against Odekirk with two strikeouts, had three hits and three RBI. Yes, there's more . . . Sanchez and Matt Witkowski had three hits, Mark Verstandig had two hits and Ray Holbert, the ninth-place hitter, had four hits and three RBI. The Mavericks used 1 1 players and eight of them had at least two hits and seven of them scored. The damage was done against Sox starter Todd McCray (three innings, seven hits, six runs) and relievers Vargas (four innings, nine hits, five runs) and Francisco Alcantara (one inning, five hits, BREWERS-JAYS TRADE COMPLETE: The Milwaukee Brewers acquired infielder William Suero from Toronto on Wednesday, completing a trade in which Milwaukee sent outfielder Candy Maldonado to the Blue Jays last week. The Brewers received two players. The first was right-handed pitcher Rob Wishnevski. Suero, 24, had to clear waivers before the Brewers could claim him. Playing for the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate at Syracuse, Suero will join Milwaukee's Triple-A club at Denver. TARTABULL SEEKS BIG BUCKS: The Kansas City Royals will have to come up with at least $4 million a year if the team expects to sign Danny Tartabull for next season. . . The Royals have offered Tartabull three years at $3 million annually. But the slugger's agent, Dennis Gilbert, is using Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andy Van Slyke, New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden and Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens as a gauge in determining Tartabull's worth. Tartabull is making $2.2 million this season. three runs). The Sox did score three runs iri the seventh and four in the eighth. Cliff Gonzalez tripled and scored in the seventh and Dodd Johnson and Troy Clemens had run-scoring singles. A two-run single by Johnson and a two-run triple by Joe Roebuck in the eighth were the Sox highlights. SOX NOTES: Center fielder Mark Krumback made his debut at second base in the fifth inning with the Sox down 7-0. The former college (North Alabama) shortstop handled three chances flawlessly and even made a nice diving stop of a base hit behind second base. The Oakland A s are interested in Krumback as a second baseman and the recent sales of middle infielders Tim Wallace and Mark Cole to the Milwaukee Brewers organization has left the Sox short of infielders. Dodd Johnson made his 1991 debut at third base and didn't make an error in three chances. HIGH DESERT 14, RENO 7 Mavericks hitters feast on 3 Silver Sox pitchers 3 victory on Tuesday that stopped Philadelphia's 1 3-game winning streak. John Kruk's first-inning homer off John Smiley (14-8) helped the Phillies take a 3-0 lead. But after striking out seven times in the first three innings against Tommy Greene (8-5), the Pirates scored four times in the fourth on RBI singles by Andy Van Slyke and Bonds sandwiched around Bonilla's two-run double. Bonds, a Gold Glove outfielder, preserved the lead by reaching over the left-field wall to rob Kruk of a two-run homer in the fifth. CARDINALS 5, METS 4 at St. Louis Ray Lankford's two-run triple capped three-run eighth inning as St. Louis sent the Mets to their sixth straight loss. The win enabled the second-place Cardinals to stay seven games behind first-place Pittsburgh in the National League East. The Mets have lost 18 of their last 22 games and fell 10V2 games behind the Pirates. PADRES 4, ASTROS 1 at San Diego Fred McGriff hit his second grand slam in two games, tying a major league record, and Dennis Rasmussen snapped a personal nine-game losing streak as San Diego beat Houston. "I don't want to waste a year in the minor leagues and miss the chance to earn the money. If Vm ready, I want to be there. " Matt Mieske room for another power hitter. "Yeah, that's right," said Gainer. "I don't reallv worry about that." Mieske also expects the Padres make room for him when the time comes. "I don't consider myself a one-dimensional player," he said. "I'm three-dimensional. I've worked real hard on all aspects of my game. "I've always thought of myself someone who can do everything on the field. I might not be the best at any one thing, but I can do a little of everything." fee. Free Co By JoeSantoro GAZETTE-JOURNAL It's gotta be the knuckleball. The High Desert Mavericks battered four Sox pitchers Wednesday night for 22 hits and scored in every inning in winning 14-7 at Moana Municipal Stadium. The Mavericks were shut out on three hits by Sox knuckleballer Rick Odekirk Tuesday night. Last night, there were no knuck-leballs and no relief for the Sox pitchers. In evening the three-game series which concludes tonight (7 p.m.), the Mavericks had at least three hits in four different innings. The 22 hits and 1 4 runs, though, are more indicative of the Mavericks' output this season and only made Odekirk's performance look even more impressive. A sampling of the High Desert offense this season: 32ai innings for his first victory since June 23. Belcher (8-7), who walked three and struck out seven, was relieved by John Candelaria after Herm Winningham and Hal Morris began the eighth with singles. Winningham was thrown out trying to steal third and Candelaria retired the next two hitters before Jay Howell pitched a perfect ninth for his 1 2th save. The Mavericks the San Diego Padres Class A franchise that used to play in Reno are hitting .277 and averaging more than six runs and more than nine hits a game. The Mavericks boast the league's top home run hitter (Jay Gainer with 29) and the leaders in RBI (Gainer and Matt Mieske with 107 each). Mieske is the league's top hitter at .343. J.D. Noland leads the league with 75 stolen bases and the Mavericks have 220 as a team. Noland has scored 102 runs, Mieske 98. The Mavericks broke things open in the fourth with four runs. Ozzie Sanchez homered to lead things off and a couple wild pitches by Jose Vargas pushed across two more runs. 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