Kirk Gibson hit a two-run home run in the 11th inning last night in Detroit, carrying the Tigers over the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2.
With the Tigers rising to 35-35, all seven clubs in the AL East are at .500 or better in the standings. Detroit has won eight of its last 11.
Lou Whitaker led off the bottom of the second extra inning by singling to third off Dan Plesac (4-5). Alan Trammell sacrificed. Gibson hit a 1-2 pitch into the upper deck in right field to make a winner of reliever Willie Hernandez (3-3).
"I was trying to get him to chase something," Plesac said. "I made a mistake and I paid for it. It was right in the nitro zone."
"A gift," Gibson called it, "a slider that hung. Fortunately, I made the adjustment . . . We want to cut into Boston's division lead. We haven't picked up and gone home yet."
Milwaukee threatened in the ninth by loading the bases on three hits off Hernandez, but Jim Gantner struck out.
Gibson had an RBI bloop single as the Tigers, helped by third baseman Dale Sveum's error, took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Juan Nieves, who allowed six hits in nine innings. The Brewers caught up against Frank Tanana, who gave up four hits in eight innings, on Sveum's second-inning homer and a run scored by Sveum in the fifth thanks to two Detroit errors.
Blue Jays 14, Yankees 7: Toronto's Jesse Barfield drove in five runs, three with a game-winning homer, as 37 hits rattled around Yankee Stadium in New York. Barfield's homer was his 19th, tying California's Wally Joyner and Oakland's Jose Canseco for the major league high.
Lloyd Moseby added three RBI and Damaso Garcia tied a major league record with four doubles as Toronto had 19 hits, 10 for extra bases. New York's 18 hits included four by Mike Pagliarulo, and Rickey Henderson knocked in four runs, two with his 14th homer.
Barfield's home run came in the seventh inning and lifted the Blue Jays from a 7-6 deficit to a 9-7 lead. It came after a two-out error by third baseman Pagliarulo.
Twins 6, Royals 4: In Minneapolis, Kent Hrbek's triple powered Minnesota's three-run first inning, then the Twins survived a four-run Kansas City ninth.
Mike Smithson (7-6) allowed eight hits in 8 1/3 innings. He brought a three-hit shutout into the ninth, when the Royals rallied against him and reliever Frank Pastore. Keith Atherton retired the one batter he faced, with runners on second and third, for his third save.
A's 8, White Sox 6: In Oakland, Jose Canseco and Mike Davis hit three-run homers and Jerry Willard also homered in a seven-run sixth inning that defeated Chicago. Canseco, with 19 homers, leads the AL in RBI with 64.
The two starters, Oakland's Chris Codiroli and Chicago's Neil Allen, pitched hitless ball into the fifth, when Davis got a two-out double. Codiroli left the game in the sixth still not having surrendered a hit. He issued two walks leading off the inning, and after Ozzie Guillen lined out, Codiroli left with a sore right elbow.
Indians 6, Angels 3: Cory Snyder delivered an RBI fielder's choice in the Cleveland ninth inning in Anaheim and Fran Mullins added a two-run single to assure the end of California's three-game winning streak.
With the score 3-3, Andre Thornton opened the ninth with a walk, and Otis Nixon ran for him. Mel Hall -- whose first-inning homer accounted for all the Indians' previous runs -- singled Nixon to second. Brook Jacoby laid down a bunt; pitcher Mike Witt's throw to third was too late to catch Nixon. Snyder grounded to third baseman Doug DeCinces, who was playing even with the bag, and DeCinces bobbled the ball; shortstop Rick Burleson retrieved it and forced Hall at third, but Nixon scored.
Mariners 6, Rangers 5: Jim Presley's 15th homer, deep into the left field stands off Texas reliever Jeff Russell, broke a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning in Seattle.
The Mariners had rallied with four runs in the fourth after a four-run Rangers third featuring Pete Incaviglia's first major league stolen base -- a theft of home that was the club's first since Buddy Bell did it in 1981.