Johnny Vandeer Meer can rest easy. Nolan Ryan won't be giving him nightmares tonight.
Ryan lost his bid to pitch consecutive no-hitters Wednesday night when Roberto Alomar banged a two-run triple in the third inning to spark the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers."My control wasn't all it should be", Ryan observed. "I walked two guys and threw a couple of hittable pitches in the strike zone. That's basically the ballgame."
The 44-year-old Texan pitched a record seventh no-hitter last Wednesday against the Blue Jays in Texas. He was bidding to become the only man to pitch consecutive no-hitters since Cincinnati's Vander Meer in 1938.
"The other night was one of the special nights," he admitted. "I didn't have the command of my pitches tonight."
Ryan, 3-3, gave up three runs and two hits over six innings. He walked five and struck out six.
While the veteran fireballer didn't have it on Wednesday night, his young opponent was giving a pretty good Ryan impression.
Toronto starter Todd Stottlemyre was holding the Rangers to one hit over the first six innings. He went 7 2-3 to raise his record to 4-0, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out six and walked one.
Reliever Duane Ward recorded his eighth save.
Red Sox 8, Twins 3
At Boston, Roger Clemens fired a four-hitter and struck out 10 over eight innings to become baseball's first six-game winner. Clemens, 6-0, is off to his best start since 1986, when he opened the season with 14 consecutive wins. Jody Reed drove in three runs for the Red Sox and Wade Boggs had three hits and two RBI. Brian Harper went 3-for-4 and drove all three Minnesota runs. Jack Morris, 2-4, was the loser.
Tigers 7, Royals 3
At Detroit, Lloyd Moseby, who came off the 15-day disabled list before the game, collected a triple and two singles to lead the Tigers. Tigers starter Frank Tanana, 2-2, pitched the first 5 1-3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. Storm Davis fell to 2-3.
White Sox 2, Brewers 1
At Chicago, Jack McDowell, 5-2, pitched a seven-hit complete game and Ozzie Guillen's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning lifted the White Sox. With the score tied 1-1 and one out in the ninth, Dan Pasqua singled off Jamie Navarro, 2-1. Pasqua was pulled for Joey Cora, who stole second. Frank Thomas was intentionally walked and Sammy Sosa drew a walk to load the bases, Guillen lofted the first pitch from Navarro to center, scoring Cora.
Athletics 9, Orioles 3
At Oakland, Calif., Mark McGwire blasted two three-run homers for a career-high six RBI and Rickey Henderson added a solo homer to lift the A's. Curt Young, 1-0, replaced injured starter Dave Stewart and pitched 3 2-3 shutout innings.
Mariners 6, Indians 2
At Seattle, Edgar Martinez hit a two-run homer to back six strong innings from Brian Holman and Mariners won their fifth straight.
Yankees 10, Angels 5
At Anaheim, Calif., Mel Hall stroked a three-run homer to highlight a five-run third inning and Kevin Maas had four hits to power the Yankees.