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Baseball Roundup : Gooden Joins Some Pretty Good Company With His 100th Victory

June 20, 1989|From Associated Press

Dwight Gooden became the third-youngest pitcher in modern major league history to win 100 games, and Howard Johnson hit a pair of two-run homers to lead the Mets past the Montreal Expos, 5-3, Monday night at New York.

Gooden (9-2) improved his lifetime mark to 100-37 at the age of 24 years 7 months. Bob Feller reached 100 victories at 22 in 1941 and Frank (Noodles) Hahn won his 100th game in 1903 at 24 years 2 months.

"They were before my time, but I hear Feller was a pretty good pitcher," Gooden said.

Gooden, who has a .730 winning percentage, gave up five hits and struck out nine in seven innings. Rick Aguilera finished for his sixth save.

Juan Samuel made his debut as the Mets' center fielder and was hitless in three at-bats with a run scored. Samuel was acquired from Philadelphia on Sunday for reliever Roger McDowell, outfielder Len Dykstra and a player to be named.

"The team seemed a little more energized with Samuel in the lineup," Met Manager Davey Johnson said. "I felt he set the tone to be more aggressive."

Johnson homered in the first and second innings off Kevin Gross (6-6), both times after walks to Dave Magadan, to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

Detroit 6, Oakland 4--Dave Stewart lost his bid to become the major league's first 12-game winner as Scott Lusader drove in three runs to lead the Tigers at Oakland.

The Athletics, coming off a three-game sweep in Baltimore, have lost four straight for the first time since July, 1988. The Tigers ended a three-game losing streak.

Stewart (11-3) lost for the first time in eight starts at home, giving up six runs on nine hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Frank Tanana (7-6) won for the seventh time in his last 10 decisions. He gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings, and Mike Henneman got his first save, becoming only the second Tiger other than Guillermo Hernandez to record a save this season.

Chicago 8, Boston 2--Carlton Fisk went 4 for 4 and Fred Manrique drove in three runs as the White Sox won to avert a four-game sweep at Chicago.

Fisk's first four-hit game since Sept. 6, 1985, increased his average to .324 against his former team. It was his 12th career four-hit game.

Milwaukee 11, Minnesota 8--Rob Deer hit his 16th homer and drove in four runs as the Brewers matched their season high with 17 hits in the victory at Minneapolis.

Greg Brock also hit a two-run homer as every Milwaukee starter got at least one hit, and eight had two each.

Minnesota had 12 hits, four by Greg Gagne. Carmen Castillo hit two solo home runs for the Twins.

San Francisco 3, Houston 2--Kevin Mitchell increased his major league-leading RBI total to 66 and Steve Bedrosian got his first save for the Giants in the victory at San Francisco.

Don Robinson (6-4) gave up nine hits, struck out four and walked none in eight innings. Bedrosian, making his first appearance since being acquired Sunday from Philadelphia, pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

Solo home runs by losing pitcher Bob Knepper and Glenn Davis, his 16th, accounted for the Houston runs.

Baltimore 9, Seattle 5--Cal Ripken put the Orioles ahead with a three-run homer and Mickey Tettleton followed with his American League-leading 17th home run as Baltimore scored seven times in the seventh inning to win at Seattle.

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