Oakland's Rickey Henderson broke Ty Cobb's 62-year-old American League stolen base record last night but it didn't play any part in the scoring as the visiting Toronto Blue Jays beat the Athletics, 2-1, for their fifth straight victory.
Toronto's David Wells (2-0), making his third career start, yielded two hits in six shutout innings and matched his career high with six strikeouts. Duane Ward relieved in the seventh and yielded Oakland's run in the ninth when Henderson tripled and scored on Carney Lansford's single.
It was Oakland's first run in 19 innings, but Tom Henke came and struck out Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire for his sixth save.
Henderson's record-setting 893rd steal came in the sixth. After doubling with two out, Henderson stole third on a 2-0 pitch to Lansford. Catcher Greg Myers juggled the pitch and did not make a throw.
Henderson has stolen 893 bases in less than 11 seasons. Cobb established the mark of 892 in 24 seasons (1905-1928). Only Lou Brock with 938 and Billy Hamilton, who had 937 playing before the turn of the century, have more career steals.
Oakland's Dave Stewart (8-2) held Toronto to six hits and one earned run in his first complete game of the season.
Red Sox 2, Rangers 1: Roger Clemens allowed seven hits in eight innings and Carlos Quintana doubled home the winning run in the eighth inning as Boston handed Texas a club record ninth consecutive home setback.
Dwight Evans opened the inning with a single off Charlie Hough (5-3), who yielded seven hits. Tony Pena, who homered in the fourth, forced him at second and Ellis Burks flied out. Quintana then doubled to left-center.
Clemens (8-2) struck out eight and walked two in winning his fourth consecutive start. He boosted his league-leading strikeout total to 69. Jeff Reardon pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
White Sox 5, Yankees 4: In Chicago, Lance Johnson scored the winning run with two out in the ninth inning on a wild pitch by Lance McCullers.
After the Yankees tied the score in the top of the ninth on Mel Hall's leadoff homer off relief ace Bobby Thigpen, Ozzie Guillen drew a walk from Jeff Robinson (1-2) with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Lee Guetterman relieved and Johnson forced Guillen at second. Ivan Calderon singled Johnson to third. McCullers relieved and Calderon stole second. Carlton Fisk was intentionally walked to load the bases before McCullers unloaded a wild pitch with Carlos Martinez at bat.
Angels 2, Indians 1: In Anaheim, Cal., Kirk McCaskill pitched a six-hitter over 6 2/3 innings for his first victory since April 25 and California got its eighth win in nine games.
McCaskill (3-2) walked one and struck out two before being relieved by Mark Eichhorn with a runner on second base and two out in the seventh. Eichhorn blanked the Indians the rest of the way for his ninth save.
Brewers 5, Mariners 3: Milwaukee broke a six-game losing streak when Darryl Hamilton and Charlie O'Brien hit RBI singles in the top of the ninth inning.
The Brewers had dropped eight straight on the road, but Robin Yount singled off Mike Jackson (1-3) with one out in the ninth and Bryan Clark gave up a single to Dave Parker that sent Yount to third. Hamilton's game-winning hit came off Mike Schooler, the Mariners' sixth pitcher.
Royals 5, Tigers 3: Jim Eisenreich singled home the go-ahead run as Kansas City rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to win its fourth in a row.