There were two long parades in celebration of the opening of the Chicago White Sox' new Comiskey Park. Unfortunately for the park's tenants, the marches were by the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers sent 10 batters to the plate in a six-run third inning and 15 more to bat in a 10-run fourth en route to a 16-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Rob Deer hit a pair of two-run homers and Cecil Fielder and Tony Phillips each added three-run shots to power the Tigers."It's embarrassing," said White Sox Manager Jeff Torborg. "It's embarrassing especially because this club plays so hard. It's embarrassing for a guy like (starting pitcher Jack) McDowell. We just got an old-fashioned tail-kicking."
McDowell slipped to 2-1 after giving up six hits and six runs in 22/3 innings. McDowell had entered the game with a 1.00 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 18 innings. His ERA ballooned to 3.48.
White Sox pitchers had given up two home runs in 63 innings over seven games prior to Thursday.
The Tigers had a six-run third inning and 10-run fourth, sending 15 batters to the plate in the latter. Phillips went 2 for 2 in the fourth with a triple and his second homer of the season, and scored two runs.
Red Sox 1, Royals 0
At Boston, Roger Clemens, 3-0 and with a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings, struck out 10 and allowed just three hits over eight innings. Clemens has struck out 27 and surrendered just one walk.
Brewers 4, Orioles 3 (11 innings)
At Milwaukee, Robin Yount hit a home run with two outs in the 11th inning for the game-winner.
Rangers 7, Indians 0
At Cleveland, Bobby Witt pitched a four-hitter and Julio Franco homered and drove in three runs for Texas.
Angels 7, Athletics 1
At Anaheim, Calif., Scott Lewis scattered five hits over seven innings and Gary Gaetti ended his home run drought with a shot in the fourth to snap Oakland's seven-game win streak.
Cubs 3, Pirates 2
Doug Drabek is learning that life at the top one year does not necessarily translate into success the next.
The 1990 Natonal League Cy Young winner dropped to 0-3 Thursday night as the Chicago Cubs posted their sixth straight victory with a 3-2 decision over the Pirates.
Drabek lost to 1984 Cy Young winner Rick Sutcliffe, who came off the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day and won his first game since 1989. Sutcliffe underwent exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder last May 7 and he was limited last year to five late-season starts.
Sutcliffe lasted six innings, allowing four hits, walking two and striking out two.
Padres 10, Dodgers 5
At San Diego, Jerald Clark hit a three-run homer to cap a seven-run fourth inning lifting the Padres. Clark, breaking an 0-for-16 slump, hit his blast off Mike Hartley, who came on in relief of Kevin Gross, 0-2, with two outs in the fourth.