Rob Deer's two home runs helped the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-1 victory over the Royals last night in Kansas City, Mo.
Seven of the Brewers' runs were unearned because shortstop Argenis Salazar made two errors. Earlier this season, he had set a Royals record by going 35 straight games without an error.
"We don't have one guy struggling right now," Royals Manager Dick Howser said. "We have several guys. We'll just have to fight our way through it.
"We have a shortstop who hasn't missed a ground ball all year kick two. Some clubs can overcome some mistakes, but we can't right now because we aren't scoring runs."
In the last 35 innings, the Royals have scored three runs.
Teddy Higuera (6-4) pitched the Brewers' fourth straight complete game, a seven-hitter. Loser Danny Jackson (2-1) lowered his ERA from 4.10 to 3.45.
*Red Sox 2, Indians 0: The Red Sox got Mike Brown two runs in the first inning and, with the help of Lake Erie's fog, he made them stand up, enabling Boston to take a two-game lead over the New York Yankees in the East.
He pitched five scoreless innings. After Brown walked Tony Bernazard to start the home sixth, Boston right fielder Dwight Evans complained he couldn't see the ball in the fog. Umpires told coach Bobby Bonds of the Indians to fungo two flies to Evans.
Standing midway between home plate and the mound, Bonds lifted a routine fly ball that Evans groped for and caught. Bonds' second fly went over the fence.
Play was halted 15 minutes, then, after it was resumed, Brown yielded a single to Julio Franco. Steve Crawford relieved and got the first two outs of the inning. The fog increased when Pat Tabler came to bat and play was halted at 9:44. Finally, the game was called at 11:18.
*Twins 7, Blue Jays 6: Tim Laudner's sacrifice fly scored Kent Hrbek in the 11th inning in Minneapolis.
With one out, Hrbek walked off Tom Henke (3-3) and moved to third on Tom Brunansky's double. After Gary Gaetti was walked intentionally, Jim Acker replaced Henke. On a 3-1 pitch, Laudner lifted a fly to medium left field. George Bell backed up several steps but couldn't get the ball to the plate in time.
*Rangers 6, White Sox 3: In Arlington, Tex., Oddibe McDowell singled, doubled, homered and scored three times to back Charlie Hough's four-hitter. Hough (3-2) retired the first 10 batters he faced and allowed only one hit after the fifth.