No Rickey Henderson. No middle relievers. And still, no chance for anyone playing Oakland.
The Athletics won their seventh straight game Wednesday night, beating California 3-1 as Jose Canseco and Dave Henderson homered and Mike Moore got his 100th career victory.The Athletics, trying for their fourth consecutive American League pennant, matched their longest winning streak of last year and moved into first place for the first time this season.
Oakland won its third straight game in Anaheim on a night in which Henderson again did not play because of a calf injury. Earlier in the day, Todd Burns joined Rick Honeycutt and Gene Nelson on the disabled list.
Canseco led off the fourth inning with a 435-foot home run for 2-1 lead. It was his third homer of the season and second in two nights.
"I've hit balls harder than that in Oakland, but they haven't gone out to right field like that," Canseco said. "It's amazing what a small ballpark can do for you."
Henderson, who enjoyed the first five-hit game of his career Tuesday night, hit his fourth home run of the season in the sixth. It was his fifth career homer off Jim Abbott (0-2), making Henderson 9-for-15 lifetime against the Angels left-hander.
"He's awful hot right now," Abbott said. "I've had an awful lot of trouble with him, but he's given a lot of guys trouble. He's probably the most underrated player on their team."
Yankees 10, White Sox 1
Chicago, baseball's last undefeated team, finally lost after winning its first six games on the road. The White Sox open the new Comiskey Park today against Detroit.
Don Mattingly drove in his first two runs of the season. Steve Sax, Roberto Kelly and Mel Hall also drove in two runs each for New York, which won for only the third time in nine games.
Mariners 4, Twins 3, 11 innings
At the Kingdome, pinch-hitter Scott Bradley singled home the winning run with one out in the 11th inning as Seattle sent Minnesota to its fifth straight loss.
The Mariners lost their first six games of the season before sweeping three from the Twins.
Brewers 7, Orioles 3
Paul Molitor hit a two-run double and Gary Sheffield homered as Milwaukee won at home.
The Brewers scored four times in the fourth inning after two outs. B.J. Surhoff ended a 1-for-22 slump with an RBI single and Molitor capped the comeback with his double.
Red Sox 6, Royals 2
Jack Clark, benched for a game after going 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts and a double-play grounder, returned with a two-run homer and double at Fenway Park.
Tom Bolton (1-0), making his first start this season, allowed six hits in seven innings as the Red Sox beat Kansas City for the second straight game after losing five of six. Jeff Gray pitched two innings for his first save.
Tigers 5, Blue Jays 4
At Tiger Stadium, Lou Whitaker tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning with a three-run, pinch-homer and Detroit won it in the 10th with speed.
With two outs in the 10th, Pete Incaviglia reached on an infield single and Milt Cuyler pinch ran. Cuyler stole second and took third when catcher Pat Borders' throw went into center field for an error.