Pinch-hitter Mike Stenhouse walked with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the 10th inning, forcing home the winning run and giving the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto last night.
It ended a three-game losing streak for Boston.
A one-out single by Dwight Evans and a two-out single by pinch-hitter Rich Gedman put runners on first and third. Next, Mark Eichhorn (6-3) intentionally walked Wade Boggs, the AL batting leader with a .389 average who was limited to pinch hitting last night because he injured his ribs when he toppled over while taking off his cowboy boots late Monday night.
Then came the walk to Stenhouse on a 3-2 count.
"If they don't throw strikes, I don't swing at them," said Stenhouse, who entered the game hitting .143.
"I had a full count and I missed outside," said Eichhorn. "I tried to get him on a change-up and it was a little fine."
Bob Stanley (3-2) the fourth Boston pitcher, worked 1 1/3 innings. He began by getting George Bell to ground out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.
Boston tied the game, 3-3, in the fifth on consecutive home runs by Jim Rice and Don Baylor off John Cerutti.
*Indians 8, A's 7: In the bottom of the ninth inning, Joe Carter doubled home the tying run and scored on Mel Hall's single, rallying Cleveland. It was the second straight night the Indians beat Oakland in the bottom of the ninth. The A's have lost seven straight games.
Tony Bernazard singled off Jose Rijo (2-4) with one out in the Cleveland ninth and Carter, who went five for five, followed with his run-scoring double, his fourth RBI of the game. After Andre Thornton walked, Hall hit a line drive that dropped in front of diving center fielder Stan Javier.
The A's had taken a 7-6 lead in the top of the ninth on Dave Kingman's two-out home run.
Carter, whose 21-game hitting streak ended Monday, lifted Cleveland into a 6-6 tie in the seventh with his third RBI single of the game. He had two doubles in the first five-hit game of his major league career, and stole three bases.
*Yankees 6, Tigers 3: Mike Easler had RBI doubles during a four-run fourth and a two-run fifth and Don Mattingly hit his third home run in two games to lead New York to victory in Detroit.
Joe Niekro (7-3) allowed five hits in 6 2/3 innings, but he came out in the seventh after issuing his sixth walk. Dave Righetti recorded the final two outs for his 13th save. Walt Terrell fell to 6-4.
Mattingly, who homered twice Monday, also had two singles to make him six for nine in two games against Detroit.
*White Sox 7, Angels 3: In Chicago, Harold Baines had a two-run triple and Carlton Fisk's three hits included a two-run single as Chicago beat California.
Neil Allen (3-0) got the victory, the fifth in six games for the White Sox. Bob James pitched 1 1/3 innings for his eighth save.
Julio Cruz had two RBI singles and Ozzie Guillen added three hits to Chicago's 14-hit attack.
*Royals 9, Mariners 5: George Brett went five for five and Jorge Orta had four hits and drove in three runs, sparking an 18-hit attack for Kansas City. The loss broke Seattle's seven-game winning streak at Royals Stadium dating to Sept. 9, 1984.
Brett, who had a double and four singles for his fifth career five-hit game, scored three runs and drove in one. Orta hit two doubles and two singles.
*Rangers 14, Twins 10: Geno Petralli went three for five with five RBI and Pete O'Brien drove in three runs with a home run and a single to power visiting Texas past Minnesota.
Jeff Russell, who was called up Monday from Oklahoma City, won in his first appearance. Greg Harris pitched 1 1/3 innings for his 11th save. It was the Rangers' eighth victory in nine games.
Minnesota had 20 hits and Texas 17; their total of 37 is a season high for an AL game this season.