Could it be? Dave Stewart actually losing a game to Seattle in April?

Nah.Stewart entered the game with 20 consecutive April victories and a 16-2 lifetime record against the Mariners, including 14 straight wins.

For a time it looked like Seattle might finally beat Stewart as the winless Mariners held a 5-0 lead over Oakland after two innings Sunday night.

Oakland rallied, but the Mariners chased Stewart in the sixth and held a 6-4 lead.

However, it still wasn't quite good enough as the A's tied the score in the bottom of the sixth and won it 7-6 in the ninth on Mark McGwire's RBI single. So Stewart got a no-decision and his April streak lives.

"I was happy they were able to get enough runs to get me off the hook and eventually win the ball game," Stewart said. "I tell you, this is a good month for me."

McGwire's single to left field off Mike Jackson (0-1) scored Dave Henderson, who started the ninth with a single. After Jose Canseco flied out, a wild pitch by Jackson allowed Henderson to move to second and Harold Baines was then intentionally walked. Terry Steinbach struck out before McGwire delivered the game winner.

"It just didn't work out for us," said Seattle starter Erik Hanson, who lasted six innings, giving up six runs and six hits while walking a career-high six and striking out eight. "We're getting a lot of bad breaks. It'll turn around."

The Mariners never have finished with a winning record, but they've never started worse than their current 0-6.

"We're down but we've only played six games," Ken Griffey Jr. said. "Six games ain't no big deal."

Jay Buhner hit his first homer of the season to open the sixth inning, giving the Mariners a 6-4 lead.

Two outs later, Joe Klink came on in relief of Stewart, whose streak of 20 straight April victories dating to 1987 was preserved when the A's scored twice in the bottom of the inning.

Blue Jays 9, Brewers 0

Jimmy Key pitched a two-hitter and rookie Mark Whiten singled twice in the six-run second as Toronto beat Milwaukee at the SkyDome. At 5-2, the Blue Jays are off to their best start since the club's inaugural season in 1977.

Key (2-0) struck out five and walked two in recording his fifth career shutout and 21st complete game.

Don August (0-1) made his quickest exit ever, allowing six runs on six hits in one-plus inning.

Indians 6, Red Sox 0

Albert Belle hit two homers and drove in four runs and knuckleballer Tom Candiotti pitched four-hit ball over seven innings, leading Cleveland over Boston at Fenway Park.

Belle, who led the majors with 11 home runs in spring training after missing most of 1990 while in a rehab program for alcoholism, hit a two-run homer off Greg Harris (0-2) in the first inning, added a solo shot, his third in six games, in the sixth and had an RBI single in a two-run seventh against reliever Dana Kiecker.

Angels 9, Twins 4

Former Twin Gary Gaetti, booed at the Metrodome during the weekend, drove in four runs to help California beat Jack Morris and Minnesota.

It was also a big day for Luis Polonia. The diminutive outfielder had three hits, scored three runs and stole three bases as the Angels improved to 5-1. It equals California's best start ever, also achieved in 1970 and 1974.

Chuck Finley (2-0) extended a personal winning streak to seven games over the Twins by pitching seven-plus innings, allowing five hits and four runs.

Royals 5, Yankees 3

Kirk Gibson hit two homers and drove in four runs and Mike Boddicker gave up no runs in eight innings as Kansas City beat visiting New York.

Gibson, who signed as a free agent with the Royals over the winter, homered in the first and eighth innings. His last two-homer game was for Los Angeles at Chicago on July 14, 1988.

Rangers 15, Orioles 3

Nolan Ryan beat Baltimore for the first time since April 20, 1976, allowing two hits and striking out nine in seven innings as Texas routed Baltimore in Arlington.

Ryan (1-1) got off to a shaky start, giving up a three-run homer to Sam Horn in the first inning. But he settled down and allowed only Glenn Davis' third-inning single after that as the Rangers broke a season-opening four-game losing streak.