Carlton Fisk's two-run double keyed a four-run fourth inning and reliever Bill Dawley closed with four perfect innings to lead the White Sox to a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners yesterday in Chicago.
The win was the first in two games since Doug Rader was named interim manager, replacing Tony LaRussa, who was fired Friday. Jim Fregosi, former manager of the California Angels, is expected to be named the new manager this weekend, according to The Chicago Tribune.
Neil Allen (4-0) was the winner and Bill Swift (1-4) took the loss. Both were warned by umpire Ted Hendry about throwing at batters. Dawley got his first save in his 22nd relief appearance of the year.
After Harold Baines hit a sacrifice fly, Swift hit Greg Walker with a pitch in the first inning and it proved costly because center fielder John Moses dropped Jerry Hairston's fly for a three-base error as Walker scored and Chicago went up, 2-1.
Fregosi, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals' Class AAA Louisville Redbirds, denied Friday he had talked with White Sox vice president Ken (Hawk) Harrelson about the job, although they reportedly have discussed the situation in the last few days. "I have a very fine situation here, but I want to manage in the big leagues," Fregosi said.
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 2: Ken Griffey singled home the tie-breaking run in the 10th inning and Mike Easler had a two-run double to lead New York in Toronto.
The Blue Jays had tied the game, 1-1, on Willie Upshaw's RBI single in the ninth off Dave Righetti. Rickey Henderson led off the 10th by drawing a walk from Dennis Lamp (2-4). Henderson then stole his 45th base of the season and scored on Griffey's single to center. Don Mattingly followed with a single and both runners scored on Easler's double off Bill Caudill. Easler drove in three runs with three hits.
Righetti (5-4) got credit for the victory.
Tigers 4, Brewers 3: Lou Whitaker's ninth-inning sacrifice fly drove in the winning run after three walks had loaded the bases, and Detroit won in Milwaukee.
After one out in the ninth, reliever Mark Clear (2-3) walked pinch hitters Johnny Grubb and Darrell Evans. Dan Plesac relieved Clear and walked Dave Collins. Pinch runner Pat Sheridan scored on Whitaker's fly.
Frank Tanana, Bill Campbell (1-1) and Willie Hernandez, who got his 13th save, held Milwaukee to six hits.
Angels 4, Royals 3: Brian Downing and George Hendrick each drove in two runs to lift California in Kansas City, Mo., for its fifth consecutive victory.
Kirk McCaskill (7-4) allowed 12 hits through 6 1/3 innings as the Royals suffered their sixth loss in 10 games. Doug Corbett closed out the seventh and Terry Forster pitched the last two innings for his fourth save as California remained one game behind Texas in the AL West.
With the score tied, 3-3, in the fourth inning, Gary Pettis doubled and scored on one of Downing's three singles to give the Angels the lead. Pettis also had a triple and a single.
Rangers 3, A's 2: In Arlington, Tex., Charlie Hough, who had a no-hitter through 8 1/3 innings in his last start, allowed three hits to extend Texas' home winning streak to 10 games and Oakland's club-record road losing streak to 13.
Hough (6-3) struck out nine, including three in the ninth, and walked two.
Indians 7, Twins 5: Tony Bernazard and Brett Butler drove in three runs apiece and broke open a close game in the sixth inning with two-run hits off former teammate Neal Heaton, leading Cleveland to victory in Minneapolis. Minnesota acquired Heaton in a trade Friday.
Brook Jacoby had two doubles, a single and an RBI. Don Schulze (4-4), who allowed eight hits over 6 1/3 innings, stopped a personal three-game losing streak.
Mark Portugal (2-7) took the loss.