Wally Joyner is hitting everything he sees. Still, it's probably best that the California Angels are getting out of town: If they saw any more of the New York Yankees, they might start hitting each other.
On a humid Thursday night that threatened to heat up, Joyner and Jim Abbott led the Angels to a testy, 7-0 victory over the Yankees.The Yankees sustained two other losses, too. Don Mattingly and starting pitcher Dave Eiland both left early with injuries, and it's uncertain whether either will miss time.
Joyner went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and a three-run double, raising his average to a major league-leading .380. Abbott scattered seven hits in his fourth career shutout.
Joyner also twice unnerved the New Yorkers. After his home run bounced back onto right field in the fifth inning, Jesse Barfield picked up the ball and threw it completely out of Yankee Stadium. In the eighth, Joyner was hit by a pitch from Steve Farr, and they stepped toward each other before trouble was averted.
"I have nothing to say. I don't want to talk about it," Joyner said of his game, and everything else.
Problems between the Yankees and Angels began Tuesday night when New York's Roberto Kelly, contrary to baseball etiquette, stole a base late in a game in which his team held a big lead. The Angels got even when Dave Parker, moments after Joyner's home run made it 5-0, stole second uncontested.
No one pointed fingers after the game, at least not publicly. But, clearly there is tension which may or may not go away by the time the teams next meet on July 11, in Anaheim.
"That's between ourselves and the Yankees," Abbott said.
Abbott (3-4) walked none and struck out six in his first shutout since last July 13. After going 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA in April, he's equaled the longest winning streak of his career with three victories.
"Look, I threw some good games earlier this year," Abbott said. "I just came up with a hard-luck streak.
"I don't think tonight's game was so much better than some of the others," he said. "I had good stuff, put the ball wherever I wanted it."
Barfield did the same thing, sort of.
In the fourth, Barfield grounded into an inning-ending double play, a play in which Mattingly bruised his left knee trying to break it up. Then, Joyner led off the fifth with his fifth home run, and the ball caromed off a concrete retaining wall and landed near Barfield.
Barfield, with one of the strongest arms in the majors, grabbed the loose ball and heaved it over the 100-foot facade. It landed on the elevated subway tracks on River Avenue at 158th Street, dropped to the ground and was retrieved by a fan.
"It was a culmination of me not doing the job offensively and them doing the job kicking our butt," Barfield said. "I was pretty frustrated."
Joyner, who singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and also walked, put the Angels ahead when he sliced a double in the third off Eric Plunk (0-2).
Eiland left after two scoreless innings because of a bruised right heel, injured while making a play on Luis Polonia's leadoff grounder. Plunk relieved to start the third and the Angels loaded the bases on an infield single by Junior Felix, a walk and a bunt hit by Polonia.
Athletics 11, Orioles 5
At Baltimore, Harold Baines continued his assault on Baltimore pitching with a three-run homer, two singles and a walk Thursday night as the Oakland Athletics beat the Orioles 11-5.
Baines homered off Jose Mesa (4-4) in the first after walks to Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco. Baines is 11-for-16 with 11 RBIs against the Orioles this season and four of his five home runs have come against Baltimore.
Henderson singled, walked twice and stole two bases for the A's, who sent Baltimore to its eighth loss in 11 games.
Joe Klink (2-2) pitched two innings of one-hit ball in relief of Kirk Dressendorfer, who left with stiffness in his right arm after giving up three runs, five hits and four walks in 4 1-3 innings.
Brewers 6, Twins 3
At Minneapolis, Bill Wegman won his first game in almost a year and Robin Yount drove in a pair of runs to lead the Brewers. Wegman, 1-1, scattered five hits over five innings to win for the first time since May 18, 1990. Darren Holmes recorded his first major-league save. Losing pitcher Allan Anderson, 1-3, hasn't won since his first start of the season April 10.
Mariners 3, Indians 1
At Cleveland, Tracy Jones broke a tie with an RBI double in the ninth to lift Seattle. Jones hit a two-out double to score Harold Reynolds, who had singled against Greg Swindell, 1-5. Shawn Hillegas relieved and gave up an RBI double to Pete O'Brien. Mike Jackson, 4-2, allowed one hit over 2 2-3 innings to earn the win.
Pirates 6, Astros 4
At Houston, Barry Bonds hit a controversial run-scoring double and Mike LaValliere added a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie. Doug Drabek ended a three-game losing streak in improving to 2-6. Stan Belinda got the final two outs for his fifth save. Jim Clancy, 0-1, was the loser.
Giants 5, Expos 4
At San Francisco, Kevin Bass drove home two runs and the Giants held off a late Montreal rally. Don Robinson, 1-2, allowed five hits over six innings for his first win of the season and Francisco Olivares got the final out for his first save. Dennis Martinez, 5-3, took the loss.