Paul Molitor walked, singled, doubled twice and stole three bases to help the Brewers beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-3, last night in Milwaukee. He had had only nine hits in 57 at-bats since his 39-game hitting streak ended Aug. 26.
"I didn't really sting the ball but you get a couple of hits and you can feel the confidence come back," he said.
Last night, he singled in the first inning, stole second and scored on Glenn Braggs' single.
He doubled to begin a three-run third off Frank Tanana (13-10). Molitor then stole third and scored on Braggs' high-hop infield single.
Greg Brock, Rob Deer and Bill Schroeder singled for two more runs in the inning before Tanana was replaced by Dan Petry with the Brewers leading by 4-1.
Mike Heath doubled off Juan Nieves (12-6) and scored on Bill Madlock's fly in the third for Detroit's first run. The Tigers made it 4-2 in the fifth on Tom Brookens 11th homer, then chased Nieves in the sixth. Chet Lemon walked, Larry Herndon singled and Matt Nokes singled.
When veteran Paul Mirabella came out to pitch the Tigers seventh, the crowd booed loudly, remembering his previous stints with the Brewers. Mirabella, replacing disabled Dan Plesac on the roster, got his first save by allowing two hits in three shutout innings.
"With a 7.85 ERA I can't see too many people cheering me," he said.
Athletics 3, Royals 2:
In Oakland, Jose Canseco's got his first look at herky-jerky Gene Garber, taking two change-ups for strikes.
"It's pretty hard to resist swinging when you're down 0-2," Canseco said, but resist he did, and four pitches later he walked to get the game-winning RBI.
The bases were loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning when Canseco came to the plate to face Garber, the veteran reliever acquired from the Atlanta Braves. Ball four was outside.
Angels 8, Rangers 7:
Devon White's one-out homer off Steve Howe (2-3) in the 10th inning won a chaotic game in Anaheim, Calif.
It was White's 23rd homer this season.
The Rangers scored five runs in the ninth to take a 7-3 lead. Mark Ryal's grand slam in the bottom of the inning forced extra innings. DeWayne Buice (6-6) got the victory despite giving up four of the runs in the top of the ninth.
The Rangers used four pinch runners in the ninth inning, tying a major league record set Sept. 16, 1967, by the Chicago White Sox.
Don Sutton pitched the first seven innings for the Angels, leaving with a 3-2 lead. For the third time in his last five starts, his pitches came under suspicion and plate umpire Steve Palermo went to the mound to check his glove in the fifth inning.