Richie Sexson drove in five runs, including a two-run single and a three-run homer in a 10-run eighth inning, to give the Indians a 14-12 victory over the Anaheim Angels last night in Cleveland.
"This one probably ranks at the top of the list," Cleveland Manager Mike Hargrove said of the Indians' 42nd comeback win and 19th in its last at-bat this season.
Sexson's 25th homer finished off the scoring and came on a 1-2 pitch by Troy Percival (3-4). Percival drilled the next hitter, David Justice, in the side with a pitch, triggering a bench-clearing brawl. Justice threw his helmet at Percival as he charged the mound. Percival, Justice and Anaheim Manager Terry Collins were ejected.
Sexson's two-run single off Mark Petkovsek started Cleveland's rally from a 12-4 deficit. Enrique Wilson's RBI single made it 12-7 and kept the bases loaded with none out. Two outs later, Roberto Alomar lined a two-run single to make it 12-9. Pinch hitter Harold Baines then slapped a two-run single to left to make it 12-11. Percival then walked Jim Thome, setting the stage for Sexson.
TWINS 14, BLUE JAYS 3: In Toronto, Minnesota's Jacque Jones had a career-high four RBI and his three-run homer was followed by a bench-clearing brawl.
After Jones, who went 3 for 4, capped a seven-run outburst off reliever Paul Spoljaric in the fourth inning with his homer, Spoljaric then threw the next pitch over Cristian Guzman's head. Both benches and bullpens emptied as Guzman charged the mound and tackled Spoljaric. After the two were separated, Spoljaric left with a black eye. Both were ejected.
"I couldn't understand why he threw the ball over my head so I went after him," Guzman said through an interpreter.
"I thought about retaliating but Guzzy went out there and took care of business -- we'll see what happens tomorrow," Twins starter Brad Radke (11-12) said.
RED SOX 6, ROYALS 3: Jose Offerman scored on pinch hitter Mike Stanley's sacrifice fly to break a seventh-inning tie as the Red Sox won at home.
Red Sox starter Mark Portugal pitched five innings of no-hit ball before leaving after six with the game tied at 3. Rich Garces (3-1) pitched two innings of scoreless relief and Derek Lowe pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
ATHLETICS 3, YANKEES 2: Pinch hitter Rich Becker hit an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning as Oakland won in New York, despite stranding 17 runners.
Oakland, which avoided its first three-game losing streak in two months, remained two games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race.
TIGERS 14, RANGERS 6: Tony Clark broke a tie with a two-run double to spark an eight-run seventh inning for host Detroit. Ivan Rodriguez, Rusty Greer and Juan Gonzalez homered for the Rangers, who lost for just the fifth time in 16 games.
Bobby Higginson hit a two-run homer for Detroit, which beat Texas for the second straight night.
Detroit rookie Francisco Cordero (1-0) got his first big league win, giving up one hit in his one inning.
MARINERS 11, WHITE SOX 4: In Chicago, Alex Rodriguez hit two solo homers and rookie John Halama (11-5) earned the win for Seattle.
It was Rodriguez's 11th career multihomer game and fifth this season. Rodriguez, who missed the first five weeks of the season after knee surgery, has 35 homers, all coming after May 14, in only 97 games.