When the Boston Red Sox clinched the AL East, Roger Clemens, Mo Vaughn
When the Boston Red Sox clinched the AL East, Roger Clemens, Mo Vaughn and Tim Wakefield celebrated by climbing atop horses and parading around Fenway Park.
The Red Sox made it with a 3-2 win over Milwaukee. But Boston was not the only team riding high Wednesday night.
The Seattle Mariners, who had never been in first place beyond May during their 19-year history, moved into a tie for the AL West lead with an 11-3 win over Texas. The surging Mariners, trailing California by 13 games on Aug. 4, caught the slumping Angels, who lost 9-6 in Oakland.
``We have one of the best teams in baseball,″ Mariners pitcher Andy Benes said. ``I think we have a pretty good chance once we get to the playoffs. I don’t think any other team wants to face us.″
There’s no guarantee, though, that the Mariners will reach the postseason for the first time. Seattle and California still lead the wild-card race by one game over New York, which beat Toronto 2-1. Kansas City fell 3 1/2 games back in the wild-card chase with a 4-3 loss in 12 innings to Minnesota.
In other AL games, Chicago beat Cleveland 4-3 and Baltimore downed Detroit 6-3.
The Red Sox won their fourth division title in 10 years. Jose Canseco singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and when it was over, several of the Red Sox got on top of the horses that policemen were riding.
``It brought me some good luck in ’86,″ Clemens said. ``It’s good to see the horses. Anytime you see them out here, it means we had a good year.″
Mariners 11, Rangers 3
Ken Griffey hit his 100th career home run and also robbed Juan Gonzalez of a homer, reaching far over the center-field fence at the Kingdome in the sixth inning.
Luis Sojo homered, drove in a career-high six runs and had four of Seattle’s season-high 20 hits. Andy Benes (6-1) won his fourth straight decision, while Bob Tewksbury (8-7) left in the second inning for the second consecutive start because of an injured left hamstring.
A crowd of 26,524 saw Seattle win on a day when votes were still being counted to determine whether a measure will be passed to help build a new ballpark for the team.
Athletics 9, Angels 6
California lost its seventh in a row when its six-run rally in the ninth inning fell short at the Coliseum.
The Angels lost for the 25th time in 33 games. As they left their clubhouse after their latest defeat, a television in the locker room reported details of the team’s collapse.
Mark McGwire hit his 34th home run and Todd Stottlemyre (14-6) struck out 12 in 8 1-3 innings as the Athletics won their season-best sixth straight and finished a three-game sweep. Garret Anderson and Tim Salmon homered in the Angels’ ninth.
The Angels have lost 12 of their last 13 on the road.
Yankees 2, Blue Jays 1
Sterling Hitchcock pitched a six-hitter in his last scheduled start of the season, and New York won its seventh straight home game.
The Yankees plan to go with a three-man rotation of David Cone, Jack McDowell and rookie Andy Pettitte after Scott Kamieniecki starts Saturday against Detroit. Hitchcock (9-10) will become a reliever.
Dion James had an RBI grounder and Don Mattingly hit a run-scoring single off pitcher Pat Hentgen’s hand in the first inning. The Yankees have won eight in a row against Toronto.
Twins 4, Royals 3
Kansas City lost its third in a row to Minnesota during their five-game series.
With two outs in the 12th, Jeff Reboulet, Matt Walbeck and Rich Becker all singled off Rusty Meacham (4-3) for the go-ahead run. Earlier, Kirby Puckett of the Twins grounded into three double plays.
The announced crowd in Kansas City was just 12,372, and there were only about 500 fans left when Wally Joyner struck out with a runner on first to end the game.
White Sox 4, Indians 3
Rookie Chris Snopek celebrated his 25th birthday with his first major league home run, helping Chicago win at Comiskey Park.
Snopek homered off Joe Roa, who lost his major league debut. Roa was a last-minute replacement for Orel Hershiser, held out in the misty, 56-degree conditions in Chicago.
Albert Belle, after tying a big league record with five home runs in his previous two games, went 0-for-4. Cleveland broke its single-season record for home runs with 188 when Billy Ripken hit his first homer in the majors since July 29, 1992.
Orioles 6, Tigers 3
Rafael Palmeiro tied his career high with his 37th home run and Brady Anderson and Harold Baines also connected in support of Scott Erickson.
Erickson (12-10) pitched his sixth complete game of the season. Baltimore needed just two hours, 23 minutes to win in Detroit.
Cal Ripken was hitless for the Orioles. He is in a 3-for-44 slump since breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games.