The Blue Jays' Jimmy Key and the Brewers' Danny Darwin matched shutouts for nine innings last night in Milwaukee and, when they left the game after 10 innings, it was 1-1.
Jesse Barfield's double off Dan Plesac finally won it for Toronto in the 12th, 2-1.
"It was a fastball down the middle," Barfield said. "It was my night tonight, no doubt about that."
He had nearly won the game in the 10th, when his single scored the game's first run. But Rob Deer homered in the bottom half of the inning.
Darwin left having given up six hits. He had retired the first 17 batters. Key gave up four hits. Until Deer's homer, he hadn't allowed a run in 21 1/3 innings. Tom Henke (6-3), who replaced Key, struck out the side in the 11th inning.
Royals 2, A's 1: Dan Quisenberry got Jose Canseco on a comebacker with the bases loaded for the last out in Oakland.
Quisenberry had gotten himself into trouble. With one out, he walked Bruce Bochte and, with two outs, gave up a single to Donnie Hill. After first baseman Steve Balboni let Carney Lansford's grounder go between his legs, the A's had the bases loaded and Canseco, one of the AL leaders in most offensive statistics, at bat.
The A's had loaded the bases in the eighth, too, bringing up Mike Davis with two outs. He hit a drive that center fielder Lynn Jones outran and caught.
Mariners 5, Indians 2: Ken Phelps complained of a sore leg just before the game in Cleveland, so the Mariners used Gorman Thomas as their designated hitter. His three-run homer gave them their fourth straight victory and helped raise loser Phil Niekro's ERA to 5.03.
"Phil had a lot of trouble," Manager Pat Corrales of the Indians said. "His ERA in his last three starts is high 8.74 , and he's lost some confidence in his ability to get the knuckleball over."
The game was interrupted briefly in the eighth inning because fireworks at a nearby festival distracted players.
Twins 4, White Sox 1: Nothing went right for the White Sox in Minneapolis. First Minnesota's Kent Hrbek and Tom Brunansky hit back-to-back homers in the first inning.
Then, with one out in the Chicago fifth, John Cangelosi and Carlton Fisk singled. Harold Baines hit a hard grounder toward right field, but it hit Fisk. That meant Fisk was out and Cangelosi had to stay at second, at least for then. The Twins' Mike Smithson (6-5) picked him off to retire the side. Smithson hadn't won since May 25. Keith Atherton earned the Twins' sixth save this season.