It wasn't a good day to be a Cy Young Award winner.
Bob Welch, 27-6 last season, had one of the worst starts of his career Sunday as Cleveland crushed Oakland for the second straight game.After beating the A's 20-6 on Saturday, the Indians came back for a 15-6 rout Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum.
Welch, the AL Cy Young winner, gave up 13 hits and career-high 11 runs 42/3 innings. He lost to Cleveland for the first time in 10 career decisions.
"It's frustrating," A's pitching coach Dave Duncan said. "You don't like it but it happens. They hit everything. We threw everything we had, and they hit everything we had."
Over in the National League, 1990 Cy Young winner Doug Drabek dropped to 1-5 as Pittsburgh lost to visiting Houston 6-4. Drabek, 22-6 last year, gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.
After scoring 20 runs on 21 hits in Saturday's victory, the Indians had 19 hits, scoring four runs in the first inning and five more in the fifth off Welch.
The total of 35 runs was the most ever against Oakland in two consecutive games. The previous high was 29 runs by visiting Texas on July 2-3, 1983.
Blue Jays 3, Royals 0
Dave Stieb pitched no-hit ball for 52/3 innings and combined with two relievers on a three-hitter as Toronto beat Kansas City. The Royals finished their homestand 2-8.
Mike Timlin relieved Stieb (3-2) with two outs and none on in the eighth and Duane Ward got the last three outs for his seventh save, allowing one hit.
Twins 5, Brewers 2
Shane Mack's bases-loaded sacrifice fly sparked a three-run 10th inning as visiting Minnesota beat Milwaukee.
Rookie Chuck Knoblauch walked to start the 10th off Edwin Nunez (1-1) and moved to second when Nunez fumbled Kirby Puckett's sacrifice for an error. Gene Larkin sacrificed the runners up before Nunez walked Chili Davis intentionally to load the bases. Mack snapped the tie and Brian Harper added a two-run single.
Tigers 8, Rangers 7
Rob Deer had two home runs among his four hits as the Detroit held on to defeat Texas at Tiger Stadium. Deer has eight home runs and is tied with Oakland's Dave Henderson for the AL lead.
Texas took a 1-0 lead in the second on Ruben Sierra's sixth homer, but the Tigers sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning and scored five runs off Kevin Brown.
Red Sox 9, White Sox 1
Kevin Romine hit his first major league grand slam, leading Matt Young (1-1) and Boston over Chicago at Comiskey Park and a sweep of the three-game series. It was the sixth victory in the last seven games for the first-place Red Sox. The White Sox have lost five straight.
Angels 6, Orioles 4
Jim Abbott survived an early three-run deficit for his first victory in nine starts, dating back to last season, as Gary Gaetti keyed a six-run rally in the fourth inning with a three-run homer as California beat visiting Baltimore.
Abbott (1-4), who last won on Sept. 10, allowed eight hits and three earned runs in 52/3 innings. Mark Eichhorn worked 21/3 innings and Bryan Harvey finished for his sixth save.
Mariners 5, Yankees 4
Greg Briley hit a two-run homer in the 16th inning, ending the longest game in Kingdome history and rallying Seattle past New York.
The game took 5 hours, 31 minutes, surpassing the 4 hours, 27 minutes that Seattle and Toronto needed to play 13 innings in 1985.
The Yankees left 19 runners on base and had 18 hits. They went ahead when Maas homered for the second straight game against Bill Krueger (1-0), but Rich Monteleone could not hold the lead.National League
Astros 6, Pirates 4
Drabek, forced to walk more than a mile to Three Rivers Stadium when he got shooed away from the players' parking lot, struggled again Sunday in Pittsburgh's 6-4 loss to Houston. He fell to 1-5, this after winning the Cy Young Award last year while going 22-6.
Reds 4, Cardinals 2
Eric Davis hit his first home run of the season, keying a four-run rally in the eighth inning as Cincinnati roughed up Lee Smith.
Jose DeLeon took a three-hitter and a 2-0 lead into the eighth at Riverfront Stadium and left after Billy Hatcher's two-out triple. Smith (2-1) gave up Barry Larkin's double, Davis' two-run homer and Mariano Duncan's RBI single.
Giants 2, Mets 0
Bud Black outpitched Dwight Gooden as San Francisco stopped a five-game losing streak. Kevin Mitchell hit his eighth home run, helping the Giants beat the Mets for the first time in nine tries.
Black (2-3) pitched a five-hitter for his second shutout of the season. He struck out six and walked two.
Dodgers 3, Phillies 2
In Philadelphia, Alfredo Griffin put Los Angeles ahead with an RBI single in the eighth inning and Jay Howell worked around a leadoff triple in the ninth to protect the lead.
John Morris opened the ninth with the second triple of the game off right fielder Darryl Strawberry's glove. But Howell, the losing pitcher on Saturday night, got his second save by retiring pinch-hitter Wally Backman on a shallow fly and setting down pinch-hitter Dale Murphy and Lenny Dykstra on grounders.
Cubs 9, Braves 6
George Bell, Ryne Sandberg and Mark Grace each hit home runs as Chicago won at Atlanta.
Grace hit a three-run homer and Sandberg had a two-run shot, the second home runs of the season for each. Bell hit a solo home run, his sixth.
Padres 6, Expos 3
Benito Santiago hit a three-run homer and Jim Presley also connected, helping Ed Whitson stop his three-game losing streak. Whitson (2-3) gave up seven hits, including Marquis Grissom's three-run homer. He struck out eight and walked three in his first complete game.