Steve Balboni's homer and double enabled the Kansas City Royals to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-6, yesterday in Milwaukee.
His last eight hits have been for extra bases, five home runs and three doubles.
Teammate Hal McRae hit a two-run homer and, earlier, helped the Royals come from behind after Milwaukee nicked Dennis Leonard (6-4) for a run in the first on Robin Yount's triple and Ben Oglivie's double.
*Yankees 11, Angels 0: Joe Niekro came within four outs of a no-hitter in Anaheim, Calif. Gary Pettis' line double down the right field line was California's only hit.
Niekro left the game after eight innings and Al Holland finished.
Niekro gave up two-near hits. In the sixth, Dick Schofield hit a bouncer off Niekro's bare hand. Shortstop Mike Fischlin fumbled the ball trying to pick it up, then held it. He was given an error. In the seventh, center fielder Rickey Henderson made a shoetop catch of Rob Wilfong's liner.
Dave Winfield had two homers among the Yankees' 18 hits.
*Tigers 8, A's 5: In Oakland, Darnell Coles drove in three Detroit runs with two doubles and his ninth home run. The Tigers, who had lost five straight, fell behind by two in the first inning, thanks to Jose Canseco's 16th homer.
Lou Whitaker's homer, his sixth, started a four-run rally in the third. With one out, three straight batters walked, and Coles, who had doubled his first time up, sent the Tigers ahead with a two-run double. Pat Sheridan drove in another with a fly.
*Twins 10, Blue Jays 4: Minnesota's Tom Brunansky and Roy Smalley each homered twice and Jeff Reed hit one in Toronto. Loser Dave Stieb (1-7) gave up eight runs on 10 hits, including four homers, in 6 2/3 innings.
*Red Sox 6, Indians 4: In Boston, Rey Quinones hit his first major league home run, with one on, and Bill Buckner and Don Baylor homered with the bases empty to enable the Red Sox to become 6-0 against Cleveland this season.
Rookie Rob Woodward (1-1) needed the hitting support as he gave up 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. Reliever Steve Crawford worked two innings before hurting his left leg, then Bob Stanley got two outs for his ninth save. Phil Niekro (3-5) lost.
*Rangers 5, White Sox 2: Texas is 6-0 in the last week against the White Sox, thanks to homers by Pete Incaviglia, Ruben Sierra and Oddibe McDowell last night in Chicago. The White Sox, who have won two of 13 games, got only five hits off Bobby Witt (3-4) and Mickey Mahler.