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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS MONDAY, MAY 12, 1997 B3 TGOLF Dent tops Trevino in two-hole playoff Seniors' fifth-ranked putter makes up for missed two-foot putt By The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jim Dent, one of the best putters on the Senior PGA Tour, didn't make the same mistake twice. After missing a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation, Dent made one on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat Lee Trevino and win the Home Depot Invitational. "You don't have too many chances like that," Dent said after his llth victory on the 50- and-over circuit. The victory, worth $135,000, came after Larry Gilbert was eliminated on the first extra hole and Trevino missed the green with his tee shot on the second, the 142-yard 17th at the TPC at Piper Glen. "This is everything. Winning is your whole year," said Dent, who had finished llth or better in five of his previous eight events. Dent, the tour's fifth-ranked putter, pulled a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation, the 514-yard 18th. "I just wanted to get it in," he said. "I was ready to go. I just rushed it." Trevino concurred, and he told Dent exactly that before the playoff started. "I said, 'That putt was too important for you to hit it that quick,'" Trevino said. "There's times on Fridays or Saturdays when you can quick hit a putt because it doesn't mean a whole lot. But when you've got a putt to win a golf tournament, you better take your time with it." That's exactly what Dent did on the decisive playoff hole, where both players used 9- irons for their tee shots. Trevino's ball wound up about 20 feet off the green on the side of a hill leading down to a lake, and he chipped it within about T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Pinch-hit homers propel Mets The Associated Press Jim Dent acknowledges the crowd after making a birdie putt on the second hole of a sudden death playoff to win the Home Depot Invitational. 2 feet. Dent stepped up to his potential winning putt, got ready to hit it and then backed off. He surveyed it a second time and then knocked it in. LPGA: Myers wins in playoff NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Terry-Jo Myers tapped in a 1-foot par putt on the fifth playoff hole Sunday to win the $675,000 Sara Lee Classic, her second LPGA tour victory this year. Laurel Kean lipped out her 3-foot putt for par, and Myers wasted little time tapping in on the par-4 18th hole for her third career victory. Myers, who won the Los Angeles Women's Championship in February for her first victory in nine years, missed a chance to pick up the $101,250 winner's check on the final hole of regulation when her 18- footer for birdie from the fringe veered left. Instead, she finished with a 2-under 70 and a 9-under 207 total and went to a playoff with Kean, who shot a 66, and Nancy Harvey, who failed to hold on to her one-stroke lead as she two-putted 18 for bogey and finished with a 68. T AUTO RACING: INDY 500 QUALIFYING Rookies Kinser, Groff added to Indy lineup By MIKE HARRIS The Associated Press The first 21 qualifiers completed their 10-mile runs Saturday, the Everett, Huskey belt consecutive ninth-inning home runs to cap New York's sweep of Cardinals By The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — The New York Mets made a future Hall of Famer look like just another aging right-hander. Pinch-hitters Carl Everett and Butch Huskey hit consecutive homers in the ninth inning off Dennis Eckersley as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Sunday and moved over .500 for the first time in nearly three years. Eckersley, 42, blew a save for the first time in eight chances this season. "When it went off his bat I said 'Maybe it's still in here. Never mind,'" Eckersley said. "I haven't given up a home run in a while so I don't know what it sounds like." Somehow, Cardinals manager Tony La Rus- Hl r sa wasn't faulting his NATIONAL- J M%$, closer, who is third on the career saves list with 360 and also has 192 victories. "The game didn't change on two pitches," La Russa said. "It changed during the second half of the game, when it started having a bad odor to it." Carlos Baerga led off the ninth with a single off Eckersley (0-2), and Everett, batting for Manny Alexander with a 2-2 count, connected for his third homer for a 5-4 lead. "He's not as overpowering as he used to be," said Everett, who is 2-for-9 as a pinch hitter. "Off the bat, I knew it was out." Huskey, batting for pitcher Cory Lidle, followed with his second pinch-homer in four days and sixth overall. He hit a game-winning homer in the ninth Wednesday at Houston. "You can be in the game and not in the game," Huskey said. "I was prepared." The Mets, who swept the three-game series, hadn't hit consecutive pinch-homers since May 4, 1991, when Mackey Sasser and Mark Carreon connected against San Francisco. Lidle (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth for his first major league victory, and John Franco worked the ninth for his 10th save. The Mets are 5-1 against the Cardinals the last two weeks and have won 11 of their last 15 games. New York (19-18) is above .500 for the first time since May 30,1994. Marlins 6, Astros 3 MIAMI — Alex Fernandez (4-4) allowed three runs six hits in six innings and hit a two- run double for the first RBIs of his career. Moises Alou went 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. Houston outhit the Marlins 8-7 but left five runners in scoring position. Robb Nen pitched a hitless ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances. Donne Wall (1-1), making his second start of the year, allowed four hits, four walks and three runs in three innings. Phillies 3, Rockies 1 PHILADELPHIA — Curt Schilling (5-3) tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts, walked none and pitched a four-hitter as Philadelphia stretched a winning streak to three for the first time this season. Colorado lost its fifth straight, the Rockies' longest skid of the year. The Associated Press The Florida Marlins' Ralph Milliard is forced out at second base as Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio tries to complete a double play during the first inning of Sunday's game. The Marlins' Edgar Renteria (foreground) was safe at first. John Thomson (0-1), promoted from Triple-A in 5% innings. Doug Henry, the Giants' fifth Colorado Springs on Friday, pitched well in his major league debut. He went seven innings and gave up three runs — only one of them Expos 6, Dodgers 3 Strange tied the pitcher, pitched the final 2V& first save of the season. innings for his earned — and five hits. Gregg Jefferies hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh. Braves 8, Pirates 2 PITTSBURGH — John Smoltz (4-3) pitched five-hit ball for seven innings and twice starting run-scoring innings. Javy Lopez added a two-run homer, his second in as many games since ending an O-for-20 slump. Chipper Jones had a pair of run-scoring singles and Andruw Jones was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Giants 11, Cubs 5 SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds broke out of a l-for-16 slump with a two-run homer and a double as San Francisco had its biggest scoring game of the season to beat Chicago. Bonds raised his average from .237 to .248 by going 2-for-4 with a walk. J.T. Snow added his first National League homer for the Giants, who moved into first place in the NL West. Sammy Sosa hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-4 with a walk for the Cubs. Mark Gardner (4-1), who has won his last four decisions, allowed four runs on seven hits LOS ANGELES — Doug game with a two-out homer off Todd Worrell in the ninth, and Montreal took advantage of third baseman Todd Zeile's error in the 10th to avoid a three-game sweep and end the Dodgers' three-game winning streak. After Omar Daal (1-0) retired pinch-hitter Mike Piazza on a bases-loaded grounder to end the Los Angeles ninth, the Expos won it with three unearned runs against Tom Candiotti (32). Zeile misplayed a grounder by Mark Grudzielanek, and Darrin Fletcher singled home the go-ahead run with two outs. Vladimir Guerrero and Henry Rodriguez followed with RBI singles. Padres 5, Reds 4 SAN DIEGO— Archi Cianfrocco singled in the winning run in the llth inning San Diego won consecutive games for the first time since April 11 and 13 at Philadelphia. Derrek Lee, who had struck out in his previous seven at-bats, drew a leadoff walk from Mike Remlinger (0-2), Greg Vaughn singled and Cianfrocco followed with a liner to center. INDIANAPOLIS — The king of sprint cars has finally made it to the pinnacle of auto racing, the Indianapolis 500. Steve Kinser, an Indiana native, first came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and passed his rookie test in 1981. But he crashed his only car in practice and went home. Kinser did not return to the speedway until last week. In the meantime, he has piled up a record 14 World of Outlaws sprint car titles, taken a brief shot at NASCAR's Winston Cup series and won an IROC race. On Sunday, Kinser and fellow rookie Robbie Groff, the younger brother of Indy Racing League point leader Mike Groff, became the 22nd and 23rd drivers to qualify for the tentative 33-car lineup of the 81st Indy 500. Kinser ran four laps at an average of 210.793 mph, while Groff, making his third and final attempt with his primary car, came in at 207.792. "I didn't ever think I would be standing here, to be honest with you," Kinser said after scrambling out of his Aurora-powered Dallara on pit road. "We didn't have much time to run (Saturday)." first of four days of time trials for the May 25 race. Kinser, who had to go through the entire five-phase rookie test again at age 41, didn't even get onto the 2 'A -mile oval until Friday. "Actually, our plan was to settle in, but we just didn't have enough time," he said. "We went through our rookie test Friday. "This morning we got some speed up and we thought rather than sitting out here running the motor ... we'd just go ahead and take an attempt at it." Although he made the field, Kinser could have been faster. "I actually wish we'd have started out there a little earlier (on the qualifying run)," he said. "Our fastest lap was 212 on one of the warmups." Groff, who aborted one attempt Saturday after banging the right- side wheels of his G Force-Aurora into the turn-two wall, tried again in Sunday's early going. But he had little luck. He was the first driver to leave the pits during the second-day qualifying, but pulled back in after a problem during his first warmup lap. Groff tried again after Kinser's run, but called off the attempt following laps of 202.156 and 201.505. Surhoff leads Orioles past Mariners Outfielder knocks in six runs as Baltimore gains split of four-game series By The Associated Press BALTIMORE — B.J. Surhoff had already done enough to put the Baltimore Orioles comfortably ahead, so he didn't feel guilty about walking up to the plate with the idea of doing something solely for himself. Needing a double to hit for the cycle, the Orioles outfielder struck out against Josias Manzanillo in the sixth inning and against Bob Wells in the eighth. "I can't say I didn't think about it. It would have been nice to get it," Surhoff said. "You don't get the — opportuni- The Associated Press Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Jeff Cirillo beats the tag of Anaheim Angels catcher Jorge Fabregas on a sacrifice fly in the second inning of Sunday's game. Milwaukee won 5-2. BRIEFLY Wichita State wins 11th consecutive MVC title WICHITA — Nathan Reese went 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs Sunday to help Wichita State rout Creighton 15-0 in seven innings and win its llth consecutive Missouri Valley Conference regular season baseball title. Reese, Brian Preston and Jeff Ryan hit one home run each for the Shockers (21-7 MVC, 48-14 overall). Ryan also drove in three RBI during the game that featured an eight run fourth inning and was called on the 10-run rule. Creighton (10-15, 27-27) managed just two hits against starting pitcher Erich Bryan (2-0) and reliever Matt Dobson. Mike Koltz took the loss for the visiting Blue- jays. The Missouri Valley Conference tournament begins Wednesday in Wichita. Kansas State closes season with 13-12 win MANHATTAN — Junior outfielder Eric Sommerhauser scored on an errant throw in the bottom of the ninth Sunday to give Kansas State a 13-12 win over Oral Roberts in the season finale at Frank Myers Field. The win was the 300th for Wildcat coach Mike Clark, whose team capped a 32-24 season. Senior outfielder Scott Poepard reached another milestone in the win, becoming Kansas State's all- time hits leader with 284. Senior designated hitter Mike Gardner had four hits, including three doubles, and five RBI to lead the 'Cats. Manhattan junior right-hander Pat Hertzel, the seventh pitcher used by K-State, picked up the win. From Staff and Wire Reports pecially when you only need a double instead of having to go deep or getting a triple." Surhoff had to be content with six RBIs, matching his career high, as the Orioles beat Seattle 9-5 Sunday to gain a split of the four- game series between division leaders. Roberto Alomar had three hits, scored three runs and stole two bases to help the Orioles avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season. The split kept Baltimore unbeaten in 13 series this year (7-0-6). "We were feeling each other out, and the feeling wasn't comfortable, I'm sure, from either side," Baltimore manager Davey Johnson said. "We got a split with them, but we're more banged up than they are." Dan Wilson hit two solo homers and Paul Sorrento and Edgar Martinez also connected for the Mariners. Martinez homered in the ninth to extend his hitting streak 16 games, longest in the AL this season. "We played well here. Baltimore has been playing very well, especially at home," Seattle manager Lou Piniella said. "You come in their park and split with them, you've got to be pleased." Surhoff needed a triple in Milwaukee to hit for the cycle but didn't make it. This time, he hit an RBI single in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third and a bases-loaded triple in Baltimore's five-run fifth. But he fell short of becoming the first Oriole to hit for the cycle since Cal Ripken did it on May 6, 1984, against Texas. Tigers 11, Indians 3 DETROIT — Tony Clark home- red twice as Detroit sent Orel Hershiser (3-1) to his first loss in eight starts this season. Phil Nevin and Damion Easley homered, and Bobby Higginson hit three doubles for Detroit. The Indians, 12-0 against the Tigers last season, have lost three of five to Detroit this year. Justin Thompson (3-2) allowed all three runs and four hits in eight innings. Hershiser gave up six runs — four earned — and nine hits in six-plus innings, throwing three wild pitches. He has given up 11 homers, the most in the AL. Rangers 8, Red Sox 6 BOSTON Rookie Julio Santana, replacing injured starter Roger Pavlik, pitched 5% innings for his first major-league win as Texas completed a three-game sweep. Lee Stevens drove in three runs for the Rangers, who led 8-2 in the seventh. Pavlik was scratched Sunday morning because of elbow problems, and Santana (1-0) allowed seven hits, striking out four and walking three. John Wetteland got four outs for his eighth save in nine chances. Tom Gordon (1-5) remained winless in four starts since April 13, giving up six runs and seven hits in 3% innings. Brewers 5, Angels 2 MILWAUKEE — Ben McDonald (4-2) scattered eight hits to beat the Angels for the 12th time in 16 career decisions, sending Milwaukee to its fifth straight loss. Doug Jones pitched the ninth inning for his eighth save of the season and 250th of his career, which began in 1982. He is the llth reliever to reach 250 saves. Angels catcher Jorge Fabregas and manager Terry Collins were ejected by plate umpire Joe Brinkman in the second. Chuck Finley (0-3) gave up five runs and 10 hits in five innings. White Sox 8, Athletics 5 CHICAGO — Albert Belle hit a grand slam, doubled and drove in five runs as Chicago completed a four-game sweep. It was the eighth career grand slam for Belle, 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. The White Sox won despite a violent collision in which right fielder Lyle Mouton broke a bone in his face and center fielder Dave Martinez sustained a slight concussion. Wilson Alvarez (2-4) allowed six hits in seven innings and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts. Roberto Hernandez pitched the ninth for his sixth save. Willie Adams (2-4) was tagged for seven runs and nine hits in ' four-plus innings as Oakland lost its fifth straight. Blue Jays 3, Twins 2 MINNEAPOLIS — Jacob Drum- field scored from second on a infield grounder to snap a 1-1 tie, then threw out the potential tying run in the bottom of the ninth as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Minnesota Twins. In the Minnesota ninth, Matt Lawton drew a leadoff walk from Dan Plesac and Terry Steinbach greeted reliever Mike Timlin with a single, sending Lawton to third with none out. But Brumfield caught Todd Walker's fly in left ' field and threw a one-hopper to the plate where catcher Benito Santiago tagged out Lawton. r$io BILLS BILLS BILLS CONSOLIDATE ,OOO - $11O/mo. to OOO - $550/mo. $50 NO EQUITY REQUIRED 1 -800-819-7010 HOME OWNERS ONLY NATIONWIDE LENDING CORP. 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