With nine more hits and 16 fewer strikeouts than the night before in Texas, the Toronto Blue Jays seemed to be telling Kevin Appier he's no Nolan Ryan.
But in beating the staggering Kansas City Royals 3-1 immediately after Ryan no-hit them, the Blue Jays were telling themselves something, too."Last night it was Nolan Ryan's night," said Roberto Alomar, who struck out three times, including the final out of the game, in Ryan's 3-0 no-hitter Wednesday night. "Tonight was our night."
Alomar did not have a single strikeout against Appier (1-4) or reliever Jeff Montgomery. But he did have a sacrifice that set up a run in the first inning, a double in the third and a home run in the sixth.
"I feel good about what I did," Alomar said.
The same team that struck out 16 times against Ryan did not fan once against the Royals and quickly put to rest any thoughts of a second straight no-hitter when Devon White doubled leading off the game. Alomar sacrificed him to third and the Blue Jays seized a 1-0 lead on Joe Carter's sacifice fly.
The Royals' sixth straight home loss leaves them two shy of the club record.
Todd Stottlemyre (3-0) pitched seven innings of two-hit ball. Mike Timlin pitched a hitless eighth and Duane Ward picked up his sixth save with a hitless ninth off a team mired in a deep and disturbing hitting slump.
Brewers 5, Twins 1
Kevin Brown held Minnesota hitless for 51/3 innings, and Dante Bichette and Willie Randolph had two RBIs apiece as surging Milwaukee beat the Twins.
Brown (2-0) allowed four hits in 6 2-3 innings, walked five and struck out four. He left after singles by Carmen Castillo and Greg Gagne in the seventh, giving way to Chuck Crim, who struck out Dan Gladden to end the threat. Crim finished up for his third save.