Harold Baines homered three times and didn't even get a chance to swing for the record.
That's because Bob Milacki couldn't find the plate Tuesday night in Oakland's 11-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.Baines, who hit his first homer of the season last Saturday, homered in his first, third and fourth at-bats and doubled his second time up. It was the third three-homer game of his career.
In the eighth, Milacki walked Baines on four pitches, never coming close to the plate.
"If they were (in the strike zone), I would have swung," Baines said. "But they were all below my knees. I was just trying to swing at strikes tonight."
Milacki, who walked two others in the eighth, said he wasn't trying to avoid Baines. Rather, he said, he was having control problems.
"They were already up by a lot of runs, so why would I want to pitch around him?," Milacki said. "It wasn't just him. I was having trouble getting the ball over the plate to everybody. I didn't want to walk him."
Baines drove in a career-high seven runs and his 14 total bases set an Oakland team record.
"I think some people might have been a little more aggressive, just trying to take a shot at history," La Russa said. "But I admire his discipline."
Mike Moore (5-0) joined Roger Clemens and Chuck Finley as baseball's only five-game winners. He gave up three runs in seven innings. Ben McDonald (1-2) was the loser.
Mariners 7, Indians 6
Edgar Martinez hit a three-run double off Doug Jones with one out in the ninth inning and Pete O'Brien followed with the game-winning homer at the Kingdome as Seattle won its fourth straight.
With Cleveland leading 6-2, Henry Cotto, Harold Reynolds and Ken Griffey Jr. singled off Jesse Orosco. Jones (0-3) relieved and struck out Jay Buhner before Martinez doubled to make it 6-5.
Angels 7, Yankees 4
Dave Winfield hit his first home run against the Yankees and Gary Gaetti, Wally Joyner and Lance Parrish also homered as California sent visiting New York to its eighth loss in nine games.
Chuck Finley (5-1) allowed four hits in eight-plus innings and struck out eight.
Twins 9, Red Sox 3
Scott Erickson stretched his scoreless streak to 30 innings before tiring in the ninth and pinch-hitter Shane Mack hit a three-run homer at Fenway Park.
Erickson (4-2) pitched eight scoreless innings, then allowed a three-run homer in the ninth to Tom Brunansky. Erickson, who has won four consecutive starts, allowed seven hits.
Tigers 5, Royals 4
Bill Gullickson won his fourth consecutive decision as Detroit rallied from a four-run deficit and sent visiting Kansas City to its ninth loss in 10 games.
Gullickson (4-0) allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings. Paul Gibson pitched two innings of perfect relief for his second save.
Kirk Gibson, playing in Detroit for the first time since 1987, went 0-for-4 for Kansas City. Kevin Appier (1-5) struck out seven in relief of Mike Boddicker.
Rangers 3, Blue Jays 2
Brian Downing had three singles as visiting Texas took a 3-0 lead and held on for its seventh victory in eight games against the Blue Jays.
Kenny Rogers (1-3) allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. Jeff Russell, the fourth Rangers' pitcher, got four outs for his sixth save.
White Sox 2, Brewers 1
Sammy Sosa led off the 12th inning with a home run off Mark Lee (0-1), who relieved to start the 10th at Comiskey Park.
Bobby Thigpen (1-0) pitched 11/3 innings for the victory. He relieved Don Pall with two outs in the 11th and runners on second and third, then struck out Greg Vaughn.