Joe Randa's second triple triggered a four-run sixth inning as error-prone Kansas City snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 11-10 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals last night.
Mark McGwire hit his 18th homer and 475th of his career after missing Monday's game with a sore back. His two-run shot in the ninth tied him with Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 17th place in history.
"I can't comment on that right now. The game is over and we lost," McGwire said. "I can't reflect on those Hall of Famers. Ask me at the end of the season."
Randa also had a two-run single as Kansas City ended the longest skid this year in the majors and just three short of the team record.
The second straight capacity crowd for this fierce state rivalry and rematch of the 1985 World Series saw the Cardinals take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth.
Randa, who tripled and scored the Royals' first run in the third inning, hit his second triple leading off the sixth. Sanchez followed with an RBI single, then with one out Carlos Beltran singled home Sanchez to make it 7-6. After Johnny Damon singled, Heathcliff Slocumb gave up RBI singles to Jermaine Dye and Jeremy Giambi as the Royals took a 9-6 lead.
MARINERS 10, ROCKIES 5: Ken Griffey Jr. homered twice and drove in four runs, and visiting Seattle scored six times in the first inning. Griffey increased his home run total to 22, tying Tampa Bay's Jose Canseco for the major league lead. Alex Rodriguez added three hits, including his 10th homer, for the Mariners (30-27), who moved three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1997 season. The Rockies honored the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos before the game. Coach Mike Shanahan threw out the first pitch to Terrell Davis, who dropped the ball, and Shannon Sharpe sprinted around the bases.
PHILLIES 11, YANKEES 5: Rookie Marlon Anderson had two hits and drove in three runs, and Rob Ducey had a bases-loaded triple to cap a nine-run seventh inning as host Philadelphia came back from a five-run deficit. Starters Curt Schilling and Hideki Irabu were long gone when the Phillies erupted along with their largest, loudest crowd of the season with two runs in the sixth and nine in the seventh.
TIGERS 11, PIRATES 4: Nelson Cruz pitched seven strong innings to win his first major league start and host Detroit hit five homers. Damion Easley, Gregg Jefferies, Dean Palmer, Juan Encarnacion and Luis Polonia homered for the Tigers. Cruz (1-0), a right-hander who was called up late Monday after scheduled starter Justin Thompson complained of back spasms, gave up only one run and two hits.
METS 11, BLUE JAYS 3: Jason Isringhausen earned his first major league win since beating Toronto in 1997 and host New York, with Manager Bobby Valentine temporarily taking over as the third base coach, downed Toronto. Rey Ordonez went 4 for 5 as the Mets won their third in a row. The mini-streak came after General Manager Steve Phillips fired the pitching, hitting and bullpen coaches following eight straight defeats. New York lost another coach -- albeit briefly -- when Cookie Rojas was ejected in the third inning for arguing that third base umpire Angel Hernandez should have called a balk. Valentine came out of the dugout to continue the dispute, then stayed in the coaching box for the rest of the inning.
BREWERS 2, INDIANS 1: Jeromy Burnitz, one of the many Indians traded away the past few years, homered leading off the 10th in Cleveland. Burnitz, dealt to Milwaukee in 1996 for Kevin Seitzer in a deal that Indians GM John Hart said before the game is the only one he regrets making, hit a 1-2 pitch from Paul Assenmacher (1-1) off the right field foul pole for his 12th homer. Kenny Lofton had three hits and Roberto Alomar had two doubles and a pair of stellar defensive plays for the Indians. Cleveland's Wil Cordero broke his left wrist making a catch in left field in the sixth inning. He will have surgery today and it's uncertain how long he'll be sidelined. Indians pitcher Charles Nagy was in Washington to attend a state dinner at the White House for Hungarian President Arpad Goncz. Nagy, who is of Hungarian descent, and his wife, Jackie, were invited by President Clinton.
TWINS 5, REDS 2: Brad Radke scattered five hits over eight innings as host Minnesota won its third straight. Radke (5-5) improved to 3-0 in his career against the Reds, who lost their second straight at the Metrodome after winning eight straight games, all on the road.
BRAVES 11, DEVIL RAYS 2: Gerald Williams and Ozzie Guillen, who have both struggled at the plate, each had four hits as host Atlanta routed Tampa Bay.
WHITE SOX 4, ASTROS 3: Magglio Ordonez drove in three runs and Jaime Navarro won his third straight start to lead host Chicago to victory.
GIANTS 6, ANGELS 2: Shawn Estes pitched seven strong innings and host San Francisco scored three runs in the seventh to break a tie.
EXPOS 5, RED SOX 1: Dan Smith retired 20 straight batters at one point in his major league debut and pitched host Montreal to victory.
CUBS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3: Pinch hitter Tyler Houston hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to lift visiting Chicago to victory.
PADRES 5, ATHLETICS 3: Eric Owens hit a two-run single in the eighth to lead host San Diego.
CAPTION: Second baseman Jeff Kent throws to first to get the Angels' Tim Unroe during Giants' 6-2 win. San Francisco has won six of its last eight games.