With one out in the ninth, the Tigers called on relief ace Willie Hernandez to protect a one-run lead last night in Detroit.

He faced five batters and was charged with four runs on four hits in the Kansas City Royals' 7-3 victory.

Starter Dan Petry walked Darryl Motley to start the ninth. Hernandez got his one out when Lynn Jones sacrificed. Then Argenis Salazar's double tied the game. Jim Sundberg singled Salazar to third, then Willie Wilson singled.

After George Brett's RBI single, the Tigers brought in Chuck Cary. He walked Frank White intentionally to load the bases, then Jorge Orta singled for two more runs.

*Red Sox 9, Mariners 4: Seattle's hitters struck out only 16 times last night in Fenway Park. That was four better than the previous night, but not enough to keep Sammy Stewart (1-1) from winning with 2 2/3 innings of one-hit relief.

Boston's third pitcher, Bob Stanley, got the last two outs on strikeouts with the bases loaded. Ed Romero's two-run double in a five-run seventh inning was Boston's big hit.

The Mariners' 36 strikeouts in their last two games are a major-league record.

*Indians 6, Rangers 4: Pat Tabler's two-run homer in the fourth inning in Arlington, Tex., enabled Cleveland to win its fourth straight.

Winner Don Schulze (2-0) relieved in the first inning after a grounder nicked starter Tom Candiotti's hand. Ernie Camacho, the Indians' sixth pitcher, got his sixth save and second in as many nights.

Texas led after three innings, 2-1, then Brook Jacoby doubled and Tabler hit his second homer this season.

*Blue Jays 6, Angels 4: Jesse Barfield's three-run homer in the eighth inning won the game in Toronto.

With one out, Willie Upshaw got his third hit of the game, an infield single. Donnie Moore (1-1) relieved Terry Forster and allowed George Bell's single. Barfield then homered over the right field fence.

*Yankees 3, Twins 2: Don Mattingly's first homer this season, with two on in the fifth inning, beat Bert Blyleven (2-1) in New York.

"I was thinking about not having hit a home run, but it wasn't a major distraction," he said. "I hadn't hit one in spring training, either, and I wanted to get it out of the way."

Kirby Puckett hit his major-league-leading eighth homer to put Minnesota ahead in the third, 1-0. The drive traveled 430 feet, into the monuments section in left center, the deepest part of Yankee Stadium. He went four for five.

*Brewers 5, A's 1: Mike Felder's three RBI made Ted Higuera's five-hitter stand up in Milwaukee.

The Brewers overcame Jose Rijo's four-hit, eight-strikeout performance.