Lately, the appearance of Baltimore reliever Don Aase has meant curtains for an opponent.
But Thursday night, the Detroit Tigers roughed up Aase, the major league leader with 18 saves, for four runs in the final two innings and defeated the Orioles, 7-5, to complete a four-game sweep of Baltimore for the first time since 1962.
Aase took over after Brad Havens came on with two runners on base and one out in the seventh, and got Lou Whitaker to ground into a double play.
Before Thursday night's game at Baltimore, in which Darrell Evans hit a two-run pinch single in the eighth and Whitaker hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Tigers, Aase had saved seven of Baltimore's last nine victories and had not allowed a run in 11 innings.
Kirk Gibson triggered the eighth-inning rally against Aase (2-3) with a one-out walk, and one out later, Chet Lemon doubled off the glove of first baseman Eddie Murray down the right-field line. Evans then batted for Tom Brookens and his single put the Tigers ahead.
Whitaker made it 7-4 in the ninth, tagging Aase for his eighth home run of the season with Dave Collins aboard via a single.
Toronto 10, New York 9--Damaso Garcia doubled home Willie Upshaw with the winning run for the Blue Jays in the 10th inning at Toronto.
Upshaw led off the 10th with a single off reliever Dave Righetti (4-4) and beat first baseman Don Mattingly's throw to second on Buck Martinez's sacrifice. Kelly Gruber ran for Martinez, and Garcia ripped a one-hopper off the wall in center field over the head of Rickey Henderson.
Bill Caudill (1-0) faced one batter in the 10th and gained the victory.
Mike Pagliarulo of the Yankees tied the score at 9-9 in the ninth with a solo homer, his 15th home run of the season, after a sacrifice fly by Lloyd Moseby and an RBI single by Garth Iorg in the seventh inning had given the Blue Jays a 9-7 lead. A solo shot by Henderson in the eighth, his 13th homer of the season, brought the Yankees up to 9-8.
Upshaw, who hadn't hit a home run since the third game of the season, had a three-run homer; George Bell hit a two-run shot, and Jesse Barfield chipped in with a solo blast to power Toronto's 15-hit attack. The Yankees had 18 hits.
Cleveland 8, Seattle 1--Ten minutes before this game at Cleveland, Indian pitcher Tom Candiotti split a fingernail, which is not critical unless your best pitch is a knuckleball.
"He almost didn't start," Manager Pat Corrales said. "He cracked his nail warming up." But Candiotti (5-6) ended up pitching a five-hitter.
The Indians made Candiotti's job easier by scoring four runs in the first inning on home runs by Tony Bernazard, Joe Carter and Mel Hall. Bernazard and Carter hit consecutive homers with one out off Mike Moore (3-7). After Andre Thornton walked, Hall hit a two-run shot to straightaway center for a 4-0 lead.
Texas 3, Oakland 2--Rookie Edwin Correa pitched a four-hitter, and Steve Buechele and Oddibe McDowell hit home runs as the Rangers won at Arlington, Tex., to end a five-game losing streak and retain undisputed possession of first place in the American League West.
It was a battle of rookie pitchers between Correa (5-4) and the A's Eric Plunk (1-3), who allowed six hits and struck out eight before being relieved in the seventh.
Chicago 9, Minnesota 8--Carlton Fisk and Ron Kittle hit solo home runs, and John Cangelosi hit two RBI doubles, including one in a six-run sixth inning, to enable the White Sox to snap a five-game losing streak with a victory at Minneapolis.
Floyd Bannister (3-4), who was activated Tuesday following arthroscopic knee surgery and was making his first appearance since May 18, pitched 1 innings of relief for the victory. The left-hander departed in the seventh when he was struck on the elbow by a line drive. Team officials said the injury is not serious.