Dave Kingman hit a two-run single in the first inning and Carney Lansford followed with an RBI double, and three A's pitchers combined to beat Tom Seaver and the Boston Red Sox, 4-2, yesterday in Oakland.
Oakland starter Joaquin Andujar (6-2) yielded six hits in 7 1/3 innings, including Rich Gedman's two-run homer in the fourth. The right-hander, who walked two and struck out two, is 2-0 since coming off the disabled list last week. It was Andujar's second victory over the Red Sox this year. The first was a five-hitter at Fenway Park in his only complete game of the year.
Andujar was pulled after a single, a wild pitch and a walk with one out in the eighth. Left-hander Dave Von Ohlen relieved him, got Bill Buckner on a fly to center, and right-hander Steve Ontiveros came on to end a Boston threat by striking out Don Baylor and went the rest of the way for his 10th save.
"I'm surprised I went as long as I went," said Andujar. "When Manager Tony LaRussa got me I was not happy. I wanted to pitch nine innings, but he made the right decision."
Seaver (4-8) allowed six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He is 2-2 since being traded to Boston by the Chicago White Sox.
The A's, in last place in the AL West, won for the seventh time in eight games. The Red Sox, the AL East leaders, suffered their sixth loss in seven games.
"We didn't hit, we didn't put anything together," said Boston Manager John McNamara, who added that Seaver, 41, "pitched well" after the first inning.
In that inning, Seaver walked Dwayne Murphy with one out. Bruce Bochte singled and the runners advanced on Seaver's wild pitch.
Kingman, who has nine RBI in his last 10 games, singled to center for the first two runs, stole second and scored on Lansford's double off the left field wall.
Yankees 9, Rangers 1: In New York, Dave Winfield, Don Mattingly and Rickey Henderson each had three hits, including a home run, and Dennis Rasmussen and Brian Fisher held Texas to five hits to help pull the Yankees within four games of the Red Sox.
Rasmussen (12-2) allowed three hits in 6 2/3 innings, leaving after he was hit in the left elbow by Toby Harrah's line drive. Rasmussen, taken to a hospital for X-rays, struck out five and walked three before Fisher came on.
The Yankees have not been within four games of the Red Sox since June 24. The loss was the sixth straight for Texas.
Winfield and Mattingly each hit homers in the first inning for the Yankees, and Henderson and Claudell Washington hit homers on consecutive pitches in the sixth.
For the second day, Texas' starting pitching was poor. Bobby Witt lasted only 2 2/3 innings in an 8-4 loss Monday, and Ed Correa (6-8) went 1 2/3 innings last night, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks.
"We are not playing very well," said Rangers Manager Bobby Valentine. "I don't know what it is. Maybe the midseason blahs. . . . We're a better team than this. We'd better be better than this."
Tigers 3, Twins 0: John Grubb hit two homers and drove in three runs and Walt Terrell allowed one hit over eight innings as the Tigers beat Minnesota in Detroit.
Terrell (9-8) held Minnesota hitless until the sixth inning, when Kent Hrbek doubled with two outs. Terrell left the game with two outs in the ninth after singles by Hrbek and Tim Laudner and a walk loaded the bases, and Willie Hernandez got the final out for his 19th save.
Grubb's homers were two of the four hits off Bert Blyleven (9-9). Blyleven has allowed 32 home runs this season.
Grubb homered over the 400-foot mark in center field in the second inning. He connected in the sixth for a two-run shot, his fifth of the season, into the upper deck in right.
Indians 8, White Sox 4: In Cleveland, Chris Bando's two-run double capped a six-run first inning and Tony Bernazard had two of the Indians' eight hits in the rally.
Tom Candiotti (9-7) pitched his ninth complete-game victory, allowing eight hits and three walks. The right-handed knuckleballer has won six of his last seven decisions.
Neither team had its manager available for most of the game. Cleveland's Pat Corrales was in the second game of a four-game suspension for a July 1 fight in Oakland, and Chicago's Jim Fregosi was ejected along with catcher Carlton Fisk for arguing balls and strikes in the first inning.
Chicago took a 2-0 first-inning lead, but Cleveland rallied off starter Richard Dotson (7-10). Bernazard singled to get things going and took third on a throwing error by shortstop Ozzie Guillen -- his first error since May 26. Brett Butler, who later hit two triples, walked and the Indians followed with consecutive RBI singles by Joe Carter, Mel Hall and Brook Jacoby.
Brewers 6, Angels 2: Cecil Cooper drove in four runs with a double and single and Rob Deer homered to give Milwaukee the victory in Anaheim, Calif.
Rookie Juan Nieves (9-5) pitched five innings for the victory. Bryan Clutterbuck, making his second major league appearance, shut out California on three hits for 3 1/3 innings and Mark Clear got the final two outs.
Cooper's two-run double capped a three-run fifth against Don Sutton (8-7) that gave Milwaukee a 4-0 lead.
Cooper hit a two-run single in the ninth.