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BASEBALL : AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP

Greenwell and Boston Are Knocking Chicago

September 07, 1996|From Associated Press

Mike Greenwell drove in two more runs, giving him 15 runs batted in for September, and the Boston Red Sox scored five times in the second inning Friday night to beat the White Sox, 10-3, at Chicago.

Boston moved within 2 1/2 games of Chicago in the AL wild-card chase.

Tim Wakefield (12-12) gave up eight hits and six walks in seven innings for Boston.

Greenwell had an RBI double in the second and a run-scoring single in the fifth, four days after he drove in nine runs in a game against Seattle.

Mo Vaughn, who had four of Boston's 15 hits, singled to start the second, moved to third on Wil Cordero's double and scored on Wilson Alvarez's wild pitch.

Texas 7, Milwaukee 3--Juan Gonzalez hit his 43rd homer and drove in four runs for the Rangers at Milwaukee.

Gonzalez had a two-run double off Cal Eldred that broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth, and he sent Bob Wickman's fastball 405 feet to straightaway center for a two-run homer in the seventh.

John Burkett (3-1) scattered seven hits in 8 2/3 innings.

New York 4, Toronto 3--Cecil Fielder led off the eighth inning with his second home run of the game and the Yankees took advantage of an umpire's blown call at New York.

Fielder's 35th homer came off Bill Risley (0-1). His go-ahead drive was the Yankees' first hit since he led off the third inning with a home run against Luis Andujar for a 3-0 lead.

The big dispute came in the Toronto second after Joe Carter singled and took third on Ed Sprague's double:

Charlie O'Brien hit a sinking liner that center fielder Bernie Williams charged. Williams dove and the ball--as replays clearly showed--skipped several inches in front of his glove before bouncing into his mitt.

Williams held up his glove, however, and first base umpire Dan Morrison ruled that he'd caught the ball. Williams then threw to second for an inning-ending double play.

Oakland 7, Kansas City 1--Mark McGwire survived a collision with Royal first baseman Bob Hamelin before hitting his major league leading 47th home run at Oakland.

McGwire's homer in the seventh inning off Chris Haney gave the A's a 6-1 lead. In the fifth, McGwire had his nose bloodied after he was hit by Hamelin's right elbow, but he stayed in the game.

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