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American League Roundup : Brewers Throw It Away in Ninth and Lose, 4-3

May 16, 1987|DAN HAFNER

Just as everything was going right for the Milwaukee Brewers at the start of the season, everything is going wrong now.

A wild throw on a double-play attempt enabled Bo Jackson to score the winning run in the ninth inning Friday night at Kansas City to give the Royals a 4-3 victory. It was the ninth consecutive loss for the Brewers, who started the season with 13 wins in a row.

Home runs by Glenn Braggs and Rob Deer helped the Brewers build a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning, but Juan Nieves couldn't hold it, and the Royals pulled even on Hal McRae's run-scoring single in the seventh.

With one out in the ninth, the speedy Jackson beat out a hit to third. Frank White singled to left off Mark Clear (3-1), Jackson stopping at second.

Willie Wilson grounded to second baseman Juan Castillo, who flipped to shortstop Dale Sveum for the second out. However, in his haste to get the side out, Sveum threw the ball into the dugout and the Brewers had lost again.

It was the fifth time since pitching his no-hitter that Nieves has failed to win.

Jackson, who had been in a terrible slump, is 4 for 6 after being benched for a game earlier in the week. He singled after a double by McRae in the fifth to drive in the second run for the Royals.

Dan Quisenberry (2-0) worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the ninth to set the stage for the Royals' victory. He got Robin Yount to bounce to third and George Brett threw home for the force, then struck out Braggs.

New York 7, Seattle 3--Even after he hit a grand slam Thursday, Don Mattingly wasn't sure he was out of the slump he has been in all season. He hasn't a doubt now.

The Yankee first baseman drove in five runs, including three on a home run in the ninth to break the game open and assure Charles Hudson of a 6-0 start.

Hudson gave up eight hits and two runs in six innings.

Wayne Tolleson's first home run of the season broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh, and later in the inning, Mattingly doubled in another run to make it 4-2.

Minnesota 3, Boston 1--With a runner on first base in a 1-1 game in the ninth inning at Minneapolis, Kirby Puckett was just trying to advance the runner into scoring position.

He advanced him all right. Puckett's drive cleared the 23-foot barrier in right for the center fielder's ninth home run and snapped the Twins' three-game losing streak.

Juan Berenguer, one of those athletes who doesn't talk to the media, didn't get the victory after holding the Red Sox to three hits in eight innings.

The only Boston run was Wade Boggs' fifth home run of the season in the third inning.

In the nine games since he shifted from leadoff to the No. 3 spot in the batting order, Boggs is hitting .455 (15-33).

Detroit 4, Cleveland 3--Lou Whitaker hit his second home run of the game leading off the ninth inning at Detroit.

Rookie Mike Henneman, called up Monday from Toledo of the International League, gave up only one hit and faced the minimum of 16 batters in 5 innings of relief to gain his first victory.

Darnell Coles' second home run of the season in the sixth had pulled the Tigers even at 3-3.

Chicago 5, Texas 0--Richard Dotson pitched a five-hitter at Chicago, and the White Sox parlayed three hits into five runs.

Wild Bobby Witt gave up four of the runs on two hits and six walks in four innings. He also struck out six.

Harold Baines singled in one run in the third and Witt wild-pitched in another as the White Sox gave Dotson all the cushion he needed.

Toronto 3, Oakland 2--The Blue Jays bunched four hits and a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning at Oakland for all their runs to move into second place in the East.

The Athletics jumped off to a 2-0 lead on Jose Canseco's two-run home run, just his third home run of the season.

Although he didn't start, Toronto shortstop Tony Fernandez came into the game in the seventh inning to extend his playing streak to 360 consecutive games.

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