Heavy rains and wind gusts of up to 60 mph tore two holes in the inflatable roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis last night, forcing temporary evacuation of part of the crowd of 31,966 and a nine-minute interruption of the California Angels-Minnesota Twins game.
After play resumed, the Angels rallied for three home runs and six runs in the ninth to win, 7-6.
There were a two-run homer by George Hendrick off Frank Viola, a two-run shot by pinch hitter Ruppert Jones off Ron Davis and, finally, a two-run drive by Wally Joyner off Davis.
No injuries were reported from the storm incident. Fans made for the outer concourse without panic.
One hole of about 15 feet developed above right-center field, evidently in the inner layer of the two-layer roof. The tear caused four light fixtures to sink within 30 feet of the bleachers and water to pour into the stands. Another tear occurred above left field.
*Brewers 10, Rangers 2: In Texas, it rained baseballs.
Robin Yount's two-run single capped a five-run Milwaukee fifth inning and Billy Jo Robidoux hit a three-run homer that precipitated a bizarre incident in Arlington, Tex.
Mitch Williams, pitching after Rangers starter Edwin Correa (1-2) was routed in the fifth, gave up Robidoux's homer in the seventh. It was "Ball Night" and some of the 25,499 customers were so incensed they held up the game almost 10 minutes by raining the field with their souvenir baseballs.
Repeated announcements by Rangers management finally stopped the reverse giveaway.
*White Sox 5, Tigers 4: Jerry Hairston's sacrifice fly in the Chicago 11th inning at Detroit brought the visitors' fourth straight victory.
Said Hairston: "Some people look at pinch hitting as scrubbing floors. Well, people that scrub floors are people with dignity, too. They get satisfaction out of doing a good job."
The Tigers had tied, 4-4, in the eighth on Chet Lemon's two-out RBI single off Bill Dawley.
Down, 1-0, the White Sox came to life with home runs in the sixth by Harold Baines -- his third in two days -- and Ron Kittle on successive pitches from starter Walt Terrell, then a two-run homer by Kittle in the eighth just after Willie Hernandez relieved Terrell.
In between, Darrell Evans started a two-run Tigers seventh with a homer. With two out, Lou Whitaker hit a pinch double and scored on a single by Dave Collins.
*A's 5, Mariners 3: Joaquin Andujar allowed one Seattle hit in six innings to get his second AL victory as Oakland won at home.
Andujar (2-1), Steve Ontiveros and Jay Howell pitched a four-hitter. Ken Phelps had a two-run pinch-hit home run off Howell.
Andujar retired the last 11 batters he faced. The Mariners scored a run in the first without a hit.
For a third straight game, Andujar had to leave because of shoulder stiffness. The right-handed former St. Louis Cardinals 20-game winner struck out five and walked one.
"In the first two innings, I was throwing 92 miles an hour. It's the first time this year I've felt that good," Andujar said. "The shoulder was a little stiff later, but I'm not worried . . .
"I'm not going to miss my next turn. I'm tough."
The A's went ahead in the third with two unearned runs off Milt Wilcox (0-4), Dusty Baker and Carney Lansford hitting RBI singles.
*Red Sox 6, Royals 1: Wade Boggs drove across two Boston runs and Bill Buckner hit a home run to support Al Nipper's four-hit pitching at Kansas City. Nipper (2-2) allowed only singles, struck out one and walked one.
The Red Sox reached Bret Saberhagen (1-2) for two runs in the first inning and chased him in the fifth.