Joe Cowley and Brian Fisher pitched a six-hitter and Rickey Henderson and Willie Randolph each drove in two runs yesterday in Anaheim, leading the New York Yankees to their sixth straight victory, 6-1, over the California Angels.
Cowley (2-2), reinserted into the starting rotation to replace injured John Montefusco, allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Fisher, a rookie, got Reggie Jackson to hit into an inning-ending double play in the seventh and got the Angels in order in the last two innings for his first major league save.
"I've been bragging on him (Fisher) for quite a bit. He's ready now," Yankees Manager Billy Martin said.
"With (Dave) Righetti hurt, I knew I'd be called on in a tight situation," said Fisher, who came on with one out and a runner on first to face Jackson, the potential tying run in what was then a 3-1 game. "I got the ball to sink and he hit it right back to me."
Righetti, who has New York's other nine saves, is expected to be out one more week with a hairline toe fracture.
Tommy John (2-3) gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to get his 200th career loss against 257 victories.
New York took a 2-0 lead in the second. Ken Griffey walked. With two out, Dale Berra singled and Bobby Meacham was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Henderson, returning to the lineup after missing four games with a bruised elbow, extended his hitting streak to 12 games by singling up the middle to score Griffey and Berra.
California got its run in the fourth inning when Rob Wilfong singled, went to third on Jerry Narron's one-out single and scored on Dick Schofield's bloop single to center.
An RBI double by Meacham in the seventh made it 3-1 and drove John from the game.
New York scored three runs in the eighth. Don Baylor led off with a single and took third on Butch Wynegar's one-out single. Randolph hit a two-run double into the right-field corner off Doug Corbett. Pinch hitter Mike Pagliarulo laid down a suicide squeeze off Pat Clements to bring home Randolph with final run.