Wade Boggs went five for five and raised his average to .402 in leading the Boston Red Sox to a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins last night in Minneapolis.
But winner Bruce Hurst (5-3) hurt himself on the last pitch of the fifth inning and had to be carried from the field. He had allowed only two hits.
It was the second five-hit game of Boggs' career; the other was May 20 against Minnesota. He had a double, scored twice and, during a six-run second inning against Mike Smithson (5-4), drove in a run.
Hurst allowed only Kirby Puckett's single leading off the game and Tom Brunansky's bloop fourth-inning triple that right fielder Dwight Evans misjudged. He walked one and struck out five before pulling a groin muscle after getting Greg Gagne to fly out to end the fifth.
Reliever Sammy Stewart gave up four hits and an unearned run in the eighth. The Twins got another run in the ninth, the first earned run Stewart had given up in 21 2/3 innings since Opening Day.
*Indians 3, Brewers 2: Andre Thornton, who had been peppering the upper deck in Cleveland Stadium with foul balls, straightened one out with a man on and one out in the eighth inning to end the Indians' five-game losing streak.
"I feel that I'm starting to swing the bat better," he said. "It's been a rough start, but you think, 'Wow, something's starting to happen,' when you hit those balls hard foul."
Julio Franco opened the inning with a single off reliever Dan Plesac (3-3). After Joe Carter popped out, Thornton homered deep into the left field seats. It was his seventh this season.
Milwaukee had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth. After Ben Oglivie led off with a double, starter Ken Schrom got Dale Sveum on a fly ball but hit Rob Deer. Reliver Scott Bailes got Jim Gantner on a force, but Charlie singled to score Oglivie. Thornton's homer, though, made Bailes 5-4.
*Mariners 7, Tigers 4: In Seattle, Danny Tartabull, Dave Henderson and Spike Owen each tripled and drove in two runs against Detroit.
Winner Mark Langston (3-4) pitched 7 1/3 innings and gave up nine hits. He left after giving up a grand slam to ex-Mariner Darnell Coles. Matt Young got the last two outs for his second save.
Loser Walt Terrell (6-2) had won five straight.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Jim Presley, who had three hits, singled and scored on a double by Owen.
Henderson had an RBI triple in the third and Owens got one in the sixth.
The Mariners chased Terrell in the seventh. Harold Reynolds and Johnny Moses led off with singles and, after a double play, Ken Phelps drew his third walk of the game. Tartabull followed with a two-run triple and Henderson and Presley singled for a 7-0 lead.
*Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3: Lloyd Moseby, who had hit a two-run homer in the first inning, won the game in Toronto with a bloop ground-rule double with two out in the 11th. The White Sox have lost seven straight.
Garth Iorg opened the 11th with a single off Gene Nelson (4-2), Chicago's third pitcher. Tony Fernandez sacrificed, then, one out later, Rance Mulliniks walked and Moseby got his double, just fair down the left field line.
"I was looking for something away," Moseby said. "I knew he didn't want me to pull the ball. It was a good pitch by him. It was a sinker down. It sure wasn't smashed or anything."
*A's 4, Yankees 3: Dave Kingman, criticized by two newspaper columnists Friday, homered with one out in the ninth inning in Oakland on Ron Guidry's 3-2 pitch.
It was his third homer in four games and 11th this season.
"I'm just always a slow starter," he said. "This is a perfect example of getting a base hit when you need it the most. I've had critics all my life but I needed a good laugh. Maybe that's what got me going."
Guidry (4-4) gave up only five hits but three were homers. He has lost three straight since May 10.
Third baseman Mike Pagliarulo of the Yankees, hit in the face by a pitch Friday night, suffered a hairline fracture of the nose but will be able to play again soon.
*Royals 8, Rangers 1: In Kansas City, Mo., Mark Gubicza (3-4) pitched well enough for six innings to win his third straight. The five hits he gave up included Toby Harrah's fifth-inning home run.
The Rangers, who made three errors, fielded a makeshift team that lacked Pete Incaviglia, Larry Parrish, Gary Ward and Don Slaught, who are hurt.
Lonnie Smith drew a walk in the Royals first and scored on singles by George Brett and Hal McRae. Jim Sundberg singled in the second inning and scored after third baseman Steve Buechele made a fine stop of Darryl Motley's smash, then threw the ball away.
Smith and Brett singled in the third and Frank White doubled him home. After McRae was walked intentionally, Mike Mason threw four straight balls to Steve Balboni and forced home Brett