Baseball may now have its own Air Jordan.
Ricky Jordan hit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs for the second straight game to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-6 win over the San Diego Padres in Thursday's lone National League game.Jordan, who smashed a grand slam in Wednesday's win over the Padres, went 4 for 5 and scored three runs. Jordan hit leadoff homers in the second and seventh innings and added a two-run single in the Phillies' five-run fourth inning.
San Diego's Fred McGriff hit two home runs, his sixth and seventh of the season, and went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, matching the Dodgers' Brett Butler for the major-league high.
Jordan, who has four homers, is 14-for-29 with 13 RBI in his last eight games.
Terry Mulholland, 4-2, gave up eight hits and six runs over eight-plus innings, Mitch Williams relieved and pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
San Diego dropped out of first place in the NL West, falling six percentage points behind Atlanta.
Red Sox 8, Rangers 4
At Boston, Mike Greenwell singled, doubled and tripled with two RBI and the Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit to win. Boston, which trailed 4-0 in the third inning, drew within 4-3, then broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning, keyed by Greenwell's bases-loaded double.
Tigers 3, Twins 0
At Minneapolis, Dan Petry and Paul Gibson combined on a seven-hit shutout and Cecil Fielder cracked a two-run homer. Detroit has won four straight and eight of its last nine. Petry, 1-1, bounced back from a poor outing his last time out to allow six hits over 62/3 innings and post his first win against Minnesota since 1986. Gibson, making his major-league leading 15th appearance, closed out a bases-loaded threat in the seventh and pitched 21/3 innings to record his third save. Kevin Tapani, 2-2, was the loser.
Blue Jays 2, White Sox
At Toronto, David Wells blanked Chicago on three hits over eight innings and Joe Carter drove in both runs with a home run and an RBI-single. Wells, 3-3, outdueled Melido Perez for the win. Wells retired 14 straight batters between the second and seventh innings. Duane Ward worked the ninth for his ninth save. Perez, 1-2, struck out 11 and gave up six hits over 62/3 innings in taking the loss.