For the first time in his decade in the majors, Willie Randolph hit two home runs in a game and his heroics changed last night in Yankee Stadium from ridiculous to -- for New York -- sublime. Randolph's first home run broke a tie forged by three-run homers by New York's Don Baylor and Oakland's Dwayne Murphy and led to a 7-3 victory for the Yankees over the A's.
New York has won six straight in a bid to overtake Toronto, 2 1/2 games ahead in the AL East.
Baylor's homer, his 21st, came off Tim Birtsas. Murphy connected off Ed Whitson (9-7) after Mike Davis' infield hit and Dusty Baker's walk.
The safe call on Davis by first base umpire Ken Kaiser caused controversy. Between innings, New York owner George Steinbrenner entered the scoreboard projection room and -- in violation of league policy -- ordered a replay shown over the Diamond Vision scoreboard. It showed Davis to be out -- and was run again in slow motion.
Some fans threw objects at Kaiser.
Larry Barnett, the crew chief, then walked into the Yankee dugout and told Manager Billy Martin, "Either they knock that off or the umpires are walking off the field," Barnett recalled after the game. "When I told Billy, he called upstairs and told them to knock it off, and he turned back to me and said, 'It's on the orders of George.' We don't need that in baseball . . . It's bush and ridiculous."
With two out in the sixth, Randolph, who had four hits, lined a pitch from Keith Atherton (4-7) into the right field bleachers. Dan Pasqua singled home two runs in the seventh. Randolph homered down the left field line in the eighth.