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Baseball Roundup : Mattingly Sets Record With 6th Grand Slam

September 30, 1987|DAN HAFNER

Don Mattingly put another home run record in the books Tuesday night at New York.

The Yankee first baseman, who earlier in the season tied the major league record by hitting home runs in eight consecutive games, broke the mark for grand slams in a season.

Mattingly, who had not hit a grand slam in his first four seasons, hit a 1-and-2 pitch by Bruce Hurst of the Boston Red Sox in the third inning for his sixth grand slam this season.

The record-breaking home run helped Charles Hudson gain his 11th victory. Hudson pitched a four-hitter as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6-0.

Last Friday, Mattingly hit his fifth grand slam to tie Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs (1955) and Jim Gentile of Baltimore (1961).

Just before Mattingly's blast, the left-handed hitter's fourth against a left-hander, Rickey Henderson stole the 700th base of his career. Willie Randolph then walked to set the stage for Mattingly.

Oakland 5, Cleveland 4--Mark McGwire hit his 49th home run, but it was Mike Davis' two-out single in the eighth at Oakland that drove in the tiebreaking run and ended the Athletics' five-game losing streak.

McGwire, who long ago broke the home run record for rookies, has the most home runs in the American League since Harmon Killebrew hit 49 in 1969. He has five more games in which to become the 11th player to hit 50 in a season.

Cincinnati 5, Atlanta 4--The Reds clinched second place at Cincinnati, but they had to beat the Braves "twice" to do it.

The Reds led, 4-3, with two out and Dale Murphy on first in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Ted Simmons hit an easy fly ball and right fielder Dave Parker, trying to make a basket catch, dropped it, Murphy scoring.

Manager Pete Rose had been so sure Simmons' fly was the final out, he had turned to go into the clubhouse. All ended well, though, when Buddy Bell singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Texas 7, Minnesota 5--It was the 48th road loss this season for the Twins, but they couldn't care less. They were still celebrating their first division title since 1971.

The Twins used mostly subs at Arlington, Tex., and Charlie Hough, despite serving up a two-run home run to Randy Bush, improved his record to 18-12.

Kansas City 6, Seattle 3--Now that the Royals' title hopes have evaporated, they are playing Bo Jackson. The former Heisman Trophy winner hit his 22nd home run as the Royals won at Kansas City.

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