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Ramirez's Fly Leads Indians

June 12, 1996|From Associated Press

Manny Ramirez's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 13th inning scored Albert Belle to give the Cleveland Indians a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night at Cleveland.

With one out in the 13th, Belle hit a grounder to third baseman Jason Giambi, who committed a three-base throwing error. Alvaro Espinoza walked and Eddie Murray was intentionally passed, the last of 13 Cleveland walks in the game, bringing up Ramirez.

Ramirez lofted a fly ball to right field and Belle trotted home with the winning run without a throw.

Chad Ogea (3-0) pitched a scoreless inning. Carlos Reyes (4-9) replaced Todd Van Poppel to start the 13th after Van Poppel was injured warming up.

New York 6, Toronto 4--Andy Pettitte gave up eight hits in 6 2/3 innings at Toronto to become the American League's second 10-game winner. The Yankees have won seven in a row at SkyDome and 16 of 17 overall against the Blue Jays, who have lost six in a row.

Pettitte (10-3) gave up four runs, struck out four and walked one to join Cleveland's Charles Nagy as the league's 10-game winners.

After Jacob Brumfield singled with two outs in the second, Pettitte didn't give up another hit until Toronto got three in a row in the sixth, including a two-out, RBI double by Alex Gonzalez that trimmed the Yankees' lead to 5-4. Ruben Sierra restored New York's two-run lead with an RBI groundout in the seventh.

Paul O'Neill reached on third baseman Tomas Perez' two-out throwing error in the third and Tino Martinez followed with his 11th homer that pulled the Yankees even at 3-3.

Mariano Duncan of the Yankees hit his third homer of the season in the fourth and one out later, Andy Fox doubled and scored on Wade Boggs' single for a 5-3 lead.

Boston 9, Chicago 2--Vaughn Eshelman stifled the White Sox on six hits over seven innings and Mike Stanley homered to cap a seven-run seventh at Chicago.

The loss ended a 10-game home winning streak for the White Sox, who lost for only the fourth time in their las 23 games.

The White Sox, who had scored the most runs in the majors entering Tuesday night, had also collected at least 10 hits in eight consecutive games before Eshelman (2-2) shut them down.

Trailing, 8-0, Chicago ended Eshelman's shutout bid in the seventh on a single, error, RBI hit by Ron Karkovice and sacrifice fly by Darren Lewis.

Baltimore 12, Detroit 9--Rocky Coppinger won his major league debut in Detroit and Cal Ripken had three hits and three RBIs as the Orioles stopped a four-game losing streak.

Ripken, Chris Hoiles and Mike Devereaux homered for Baltimore, which got two-run singles from Rafael Palmeiro, Brady Anderson and Manny Alexander to pace a 15-hit attack.

Coppinger, the Orioles' top minor league pitching prospect who was called up from triple-A Rochester last week, gave up four earned runs on seven hits in five innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out five.

The Tigers, who had won three of four, lost for the 41st time in their last 49 games.

Seattle 18, Minnesota 8--Dan Wilson had a career-high five hits and the Mariners set a team record with 24 at Minneapolis as they ruined the return of Rick Aguilera from the disabled list.

Aguilera gave up 10 runs over three innings as the Mariners built an 11-0 lead. Aguilera (0-1) faced nine batters in the first inning as Seattle took a 5-0 lead. The Mariners pushed the lead to 11-0 in the fourth, with five of the runs charged to Aguilera, as they beat Minnesota for only the second time in six games this season.

Alex Rodriguez and Joey Cora each matched career-highs with four hits for Seattle, and Wilson and Paul Sorrento drove in three runs apiece.

Milwaukee 14, Texas 4--John Jaha had four hits and four RBIs and Brewer starter Ben McDonald survived a shaky outing as Milwaukee snapped the Rangers' four-game winning streak in Arlington, Tex.

McDonald (6-3) improved his career mark against Texas to 6-1 despite giving up five hits in the first two innings.

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