a home run, double and two singles -- and drove in three runs, powering the New York Yankees to an 8-1 victory over the Red Sox last night in Boston.
Dennis Rasmussen (7-2) allowed six hits in 7 2/3 innings as the Yankees moved within four games of first-place Boston in the AL East by beating the Red Sox the second time in two nights. They have 19 runs and 31 hits in the first two games of the three-game series.
New York managed only six hits against Boston starter Rob Woodward (1-3), but combined them with a walk, an error and a wild pitch for six runs off the rookie in less than six innings.
Hassey doubled in the third inning but singled home New York's first run in the fifth after a walk and an error by shortstop Rey Quinones, who dropped a throw from first baseman Bill Buckner on an attempted forceout. The go-ahead run scored on Willie Randolph's grounder.
The Yankees clinched it with a four-run sixth. Ken Griffey led off with a single off Woodward's left arm, took third on Don Mattingly's single and scored on Mike Easler's single.
Mattingly took third and Easler moved to second when center fielder Tony Armas' throw hit Mattingly. Mattingly scored on a wild pitch and Easler was out at the plate on Mike Pagliarulo's grounder to third.
But Hassey got a fly ball up into the wind and it carried into the Boston bullpen in right-center for his fifth homer this season and his first in Boston since 1982.
Blue Jays 8, Brewers 0: Rookie left-hander John Cerutti pitched a six-hitter for his first major league shutout and George Bell hit a two-run homer to lead the Blue Jays to the victory over Milwaukee in Toronto. Cerutti (2-1), who hadn't recorded a decision in his previous four starts, struck out four and walked two en route to his first complete game of the season.
The Brewers appeared to have spoiled his shutout bid in the seventh when Jim Gantner ran home from third on a fly ball, but the Blue Jays won an appeal that Gantner left the bag too soon.
Teddy Higuera, who came into the game with a 9-5 record and 2.21 ERA, lasted 2 2/3 innings, his earliest exit this season.
Twins 2, White Sox 1: Allan Anderson's first major league victory was a three-hitter in Chicago.
He gave up a home run to Tim Hulett in the fifth inning and two harmless doubles. A left-hander called up from the minors earlier this month, he struck out nine and walked three.
It was Chicago's first loss in three games since Jim Fregosi took over as manager. In addition, John Cangelosi and Carlton Fisk both went hitless for the first time in 14 games.
A's 8, Royals 4: In Kansas City, Mo., Eric Plunk and Steve Ontiveros pitched a six-hitter that stopped Oakland's club-record 15-game road losing streak.
Plunk (2-3) allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings. The rookie right-hander walked six and struck out six as the A's won away from home for the first time since May 23. Ontiveros collected his fifth save.
The A's got three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth off Bret Saberhagen (4-8).
Angels 12, Rangers 3: Rob Wilfong drove in four runs, three with a double in California's six-run third inning, as the Angels won in Arlington, Tex., and tied Texas for first place in the AL West. The Angels have won five straight over the Rangers.
Ron Romanick (5-5) allowed two runs in seven innings and benefited from a 13-hit offense against Edwin Correa (5-5) and three relievers.
Mariners 8, Indians 7: In Seattle, Jim Presley's two-run double with one out in the ninth inning beat Cleveland.
John Moses and Phil Bradley led off the ninth with walks off Ernie Camacho (1-1). After Gorman Thomas sacrificed, Presley hit the first pitch into the opposite field.
Cleveland had taken a 7-6 lead with three runs in the eighth. Mel Hall and Carmen Castillo homered for the Indians that inning.