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Orioles Do a Number on Expo Streak

June 18, 1997|From Associated Press

Five relievers gave up one run over the final four innings as the Baltimore Orioles ended the Montreal Expos' winning streak at 10 games with a 5-4 victory Tuesday at Baltimore.

Oriole starter Scott Kamieniecki (5-3) gave up three runs in five innings before handing the game over to a bullpen that has helped Baltimore get off to the second-best start in franchise history (46-20).

Arthur Rhodes retired two batters in the sixth inning before leaving when a line drive bounced off his left thigh. Terry Mathews got four outs, Jesse Orosco and Amando Benitez retired the side in the eighth and Randy Myers worked the ninth for his 24th save in 25 chances.

Texas 10, Colorado 8--Juan Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, lifting the Rangers past the Colorado at Denver.

Gonzalez, who had five runs batted in, connected off Steve Reed (1-3) for his 14th home run after Rusty Greer singled with one out.

Colorado rallied from an 8-3 deficit with two runs in the eighth on Vinny Castilla's two-run homer, and scored three more in the ninth, including Ellis Burks' two-run homer off John Wetteland.

Chicago White Sox 5, Chicago Cubs 3--Playing before the largest regular-season crowd at the new Comiskey Park, the White Sox scored early, got steady pitching from Doug Drabek (6-4) and evened historic series at one game each.

Dave Martinez, an ex-Cub, hit a two-run homer in the first and the White Sox added another run in the second to take a 3-0 lead. The White Sox's Chris Snopek drove in two more runs with a sacrifice fly and his fifth homer.

Milwaukee 4, St. Louis 3--The Brewers overcame catcher Tom Lampkin's strong performance on both offense and defense to defeat the Cardinals at Milwaukee.

Lampkin doubled and homered and threw out two runners in the seventh inning.

Fernando Valenzuela (2-9) gave up two hits through five innings but blew a 3-0 lead in the sixth, when his throwing error contributed to a four-run rally.

After Jeff Cirillo led off the sixth with his sixth homer, Dave Nilsson and Kelly Stinnett singled. Nilsson scored on Valenzuela's errant throw to first on Jeromy Burnitz's bunt. Stinnett got hung up rounding third on the play but first baseman John Mabry bounced his throw past the base and Stinnett scored to make it 3-3.

T.J. Mathews replaced Valenzuela and gave up a bloop single to center by Jose Valentin--with all four infielders charging. That scored Burnitz.

Houston 10, Kansas City 2--Substitute starter Ramon Garcia gave up one hit in five innings and Luis Gonzalez's bases-loaded single keyed a six-run fifth inning as the Astros won at Kansas City.

Garcia (3-4), starting in place of the injured Shane Reynolds, yielded only Jeff King's one-out single in the fourth. The right-hander, making only his third start of the season, had a season-high six strikeouts.

Boston 12, Philadelphia 6--Darren Bragg had three hits and four runs batted in to lead the Red Sox at Boston.

Fenway's second interleague game drew 25,591, about 600 below this year's average. The crowd watched the two starting pitchers struggle early before Aaron Sele (8-5) settled down when Boston took a 6-4 lead in the third.

Sele gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings.

Bragg drove in his first run with a bases-loaded walk in the third and another with a sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it 7-4. He added a two-run double in Boston's five-run seventh.

Minnesota 13, Pittsburgh 1--LaTroy Hawkins, making his first major league appearance in more than a year, gave up three hits in seven innings to lead the Twins to their first home interleague victory.

Called up from triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, Hawkins gave up a leadoff single to Tony Womack, then retired 17 of the next 20 hitters until Dale Sveum's leadoff single in the seventh.

Atlanta 8, Toronto 7--Ryan Klesko's three-run homer helped the Braves weather Shawn Green's two homers and earn their second consecutive victory at Toronto.

Greg Maddux (8-3), pitching on three days' rest, gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings, and struck out five with no walks to get the victory.

Eddie Perez put the Braves up, 4-3, with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Run-scoring singles by Kenny Lofton and Michael Tucker, and a two-run triple by Keith Lockhart gave the Braves an 8-3 lead in the seventh.

Cleveland 5, Cincinnati 1--Omar Vizquel, the Indians' No. 9 hitter, hit a three-run homer and had five runs batted in as the Indians defeated the Reds at Cleveland.

Brian Anderson (1-1) didn't need much support in his second start this season. Anderson gave up five hits in seven innings with no walks and a career-high seven strikeouts to get Cleveland's first victory by a left-handed starter this season.

Vizquel's homer was only the 13th this month by the Indians, who once led the majors in homers.

Florida 3, Detroit 2--Bobby Bonilla's leadoff home run in the ninth inning cleared the right-field roof and lifted the Marlins to the victory at Detroit.

Bonilla's game-winning shot came on a 2-and-1 pitch from Tiger reliever Todd Jones (1-3).

Antonio Alfonseca (1-0), making his major league debut, pitched two-thirds of an inning after being recalled Monday from Charlotte of the International League. Robb Nen preserved Alfonseca's victory with his 18th save.




Player: Omar Vizquel

Team: Cleveland

Performance: 2 for 4, 5 RBIs, homer

Team's Result: Win


Player: Juan Gonzalez

Team: Texas

Performance: 2 for 5, 5 RBIs, double, two-run homer in 11th

Team's Result: Win


Player: Tom Lampkin

Team: St. Louis

Performance: 2 for 2, double, homer; threw out two runners

Team's Result: Loss


Player: Ellis Burks

Team: Colorado

Performance: 5 for 6, 3 RBIs, homer, double

Team's Result: Loss


Player: Todd Zeile

Team: Dodgers

Performance: 3 for 4, 2 RBIs, two homers

Team's Result: Win


Player: LaTroy Hawkins

Team: Minnesota

Performance: 7 innings, 1 run, day after promotion from triple-A

Team's Result: Win

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