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July 2, 1997

Florida at Boston (7:35 p.m., EDT). Florida’s Kevin Brown (7-5) faces Tom Gordon (5-6).



_ Jose Cruz Jr., Mariners, drove in a season-high five runs with a pair of homers, leading Seattle over San Francisco 15-4.

_ Eric Karros, Dodgers, hit two homers and knocked in three runs as Los Angeles beat Texas 6-3.

_ Terry Pendleton, Reds, hit a grand slam during a seven-run seventh in Cincinnati’s 9-1 victory over Milwaukee.

_ Tim Salmon, Angels, went 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI as Anaheim snapped a six-game losing streak in interleague play with a 4-1 victory over Colorado.


San Diego’s Tony Gwynn was 4-for-5 in Tuesday’s 8-6 loss to Oakland, raising his average to .399. It was Gwynn’s 39th multihit game of the season, tops in the major leagues. He also leads the majors with 124 hits.


Randy Myers became the ninth pitcher in major league history with 300 saves when he finished Baltimore’s 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday night. He’s only the second left-hander to do it; John Franco of the New York Mets has 342. Myers, 34, has 26 saves in 27 chances this season.


When Detroit’s Bobby Higginson homered in the first inning against the Mew York Mets on Tuesday night, he tied a major league record by homering in four consecutive at-bats. Higginson, who struck out in his next at-bat, became the 23rd player since 1900 to accomplish the feat and the fourth Tiger.


Jeff Juden took a no-hit bid into the eighth, leading Montreal over Toronto 2-1 on Tuesday. Juden wound up allowing two hits in 8 1-3 innings. ... Cincinnati’s Dave Burba pitched a three-hitter to beat Milwaukee 9-1 and end the Reds’ distinction as the only team without a complete game. ... Todd Stottlemyre allowed only five singles and struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings as St. Louis beat Minnesota 2-0. ... Steve Cooke gave up six hits in eight innings-plus, leading Pittsburgh over the Chicago White Sox 3-0.


Sandy Alomar Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games in Cleveland’s 8-6 victory over Houston on Tuesday night. Alomar’s 27-game streak tied John Flaherty for the second-longest hitting streak for a catcher in major league history. Benito Santiago holds the record of 34 straight games in 1987, and Flaherty had a 27-game streak at San Diego last season.


A night after the Red Sox committed four errors to help Florida win the first meeting ever between the two teams, Boston played errorless ball Tuesday night to beat the Marlins 9-2.


The crowd of 22,613 at Three Rivers Stadium on Tuesday night was about 3,000 more than the Pirates’ average, but was the smallest of their five interleague home games. They averaged 34,152 for the first four, but three were on a weekend.


With their 3-1 victory over New York on Tuesday night, the Atlanta Braves stopped their five-game losing streak to the Yankees. The Braves dropped the final four to New York last October, and lost 1-0 in 10 innings Monday night.


When 50,436 showed up to watch Montreal play Toronto on Tuesday, it marked the first sellout at SkyDome since Toronto’s 1995 season opener.


Les Norman hit two three-run homers and Terry Clark pitched a four-hitter as the Buffalo Bisons beat the Louisville Redbirds 10-0 Tuesday night in the American Association.


Eric Karros of Los Angeles has 11 home runs since the start of June, and has knocked in 33 runs in the last 37 games.


Detroit has 11 homers in two games against the Mets, outscoring New York 22-0 before the Mets finally scored six runs in the last two innings Tuesday night. All but three of the Tigers’ 22 runs in the two games won by Detroit came on homers.


``It’s his first full year in the big leagues, and this is only about his third or fourth year ever pitching. He was a shortstop until he found out he might try throwing the slider, since he couldn’t hit it.″ _ Texas Rangers manager Johnny Oates on rookie pitcher Julio Santana.


July 2

1903 _ Washington outfielder Ed Delahanty fell or jumped from a railroad bridge at Niagara Falls and drowned. The exact circumstances of his death were never determined.

1933 _ Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 in an 18-inning game. He allowed six hits and no walks. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Cardinals were again blanked 1-0 with Roy Parmelee beating Dizzy Dean in nine innings.

1941 _ Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees hit a home run to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 45 games, surpassing Willie Keeler’s record 44 straight games for the Orioles in 1897.

1963 _ Juan Marichal of San Francisco beat Warren Spahn and the Milwaukee Braves 1-0 in 16-innings. Willie Mays hit a home run off Spahn.

1986 _ Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox fell short of a record-tying 15th consecutive victory when the Toronto Blue Jays scored three runs in the eighth inning for a 4-2 victory.

Today’s Birthdays: Tim Spehr, 30; Steve Sparks, 31; Jose Canseco, 31.

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