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American League Roundup : Red Sox Party Is Delayed

September 24, 1986|From Times Wire Services

The Boston Red Sox came into Milwaukee hoping to clinch their first American League East division title in 11 years against the lowly Brewers but instead will have to wait to celebrate.

Boston's magic number stalled at three Tuesday night when the cellar-dwelling Brewers got to Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd for eight runs and defeated the Red Sox, 8-5.

Rick Manning hit a three-run homer and Paul Molitor went 3 for 4 with two RBIs to lead the Brewer attack.

Boston's Wade Boggs, in a race for the league batting title with New York's Don Mattingly, went 4 for 5 to raise his average four points to .3502. Mattingly's average is .3496.

Boyd failed in his attempt to become a 16-game winner for the first time in his career, giving up the eight runs on eight hits in 4 innings. He had a wild pitch and gave up a home run.

New York 5, Baltimore 3--Dave Winfield had three hits and scored the winning run on Brad Havens' wild pitch in the 10th inning as the Yankees scored their 12th victory in their last 14 games at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

Dave Righetti (8-7) got the win, after failing to save the game for rookie Scott Nielsen in the ninth. It was Righetti's first failure in the last 25 save opportunities, dating back to July 1.

Righetti came on in the bottom of the ninth after Willie Randolph's RBI single in the top of the inning had given New York a 3-2 lead. Cal Ripken hit Righetti's first pitch into the left-field stands for a 3-3 tie.

The game was played under protest by both clubs after a ruling by home plate umpire Larry McCoy in the top of the sixth. Randolph, who had walked, broke for second on a 3-and-1 pitch to Winfield, who swung and missed. On his follow-through, Winfield's bat hit Oriole catcher John Stefero in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground and preventing a throw.

Oakland 4, Chicago 3--Mark McGwire hit a two-run single in the sixth, and the A's took advantage of three Chicago errors for another run in the inning en route to their third straight win at Oakland.

Minnesota 9, Kansas City 2--Gary Gaetti hit two home runs and drove in six runs to lead the Twins to their second straight win over the Royals at Minneapolis. The Royals have lost six of their last seven games.

The six RBIs were a career high for Gaetti. The two homers gave him 33 this season, the most by a Twin since Harmon Killebrew hit 41 in 1970.

Texas 12, Seattle 6--Rueben Sierra hit a two-run homer, Steve Buechele added a solo shot and Darrell Porter scored three runs to lead the Rangers at Seattle.

Charlie Hough (15-10) pitched the first six innings, allowing eight hits and four runs to post his third straight win. Hough walked three and struck out six.

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