Jim Abbott struggled in his major-league debut, lasting just 42/3 innings and giving up six runs Saturday night as the Seattle Mariners beat the California Angels 7-0.
The crowd of about 46,847 gave Abbott a standing ovation after pitching coach Marcel Lachemann relieved him with the bases loaded in the fifth. Watching from a private box were Abbott's parents, in from his hometown of Flint, Mich., a brother and two grandparents."I thought he was fine," Angels general manager Mike Port said. "If we had given him more help on offense and defense, it would've been different. But we've had rookie pitchers do far worse in their first game."
Mark Langston, whose left-handed motion has been compared to Abbott's, pitched a six-hitter as the Mariners won their first game under Manager Jim Lefebvre after four losses. They began the night as the worst-hitting team in the majors at .172 but started fast against the U.S. Olympic hero.
Abbott gave up singles to Harold Reynolds and Henry Cotto to open the game and they both scored in the first inning. A double play with the bases loaded helped him escape in the third but the Mariners scored four runs, only one of earned, in the fifth.
Abbott threw 83 pitches but just 47 for strikes. The Mariners seemed onto him and swung and missed just twice.
He did not strike out anyone and threw one wild pitch. Abbott also made a rookie mistake, failing to closely hold a runner on base, allowing an easy stolen base.
Abbott, born without a right hand, did not have any trouble fielding. No balls were hit to him and the only bunt Seattle put in play, by Reynolds, was directly at third baseman Glenn Hoffman and went for a single.
Instead, Abbott ran into more trouble because he had only one pitch. He has been trying to develop an off-speed pitch to go with his 90 mph fastball, but could not get it over the plate and he bounced several hard sliders.
Abbott's next start is scheduled for Thursday at home against Oakland.
Brewers 5, Tigers 2
Dave Engle homered and drove in three runs and Don August allowed
four hits in 62/3 innings as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Detroit Tigers.
Engle, who made the Brewers squad as a non-roster player in spring training, also had three hits.
Royals 2, Red Sox 1
Jim Eisenreich singled in the winning run in the 10th inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Red Sox for their fourth straight victory and Boston's fourth consecutive loss.
Brad Wellman singled with one out off Rob Murphy, 0-1, and moved to second when pinch-hitter Frank White walked on four pitches. Eisenreich then singled past second baseman Marty Barrett.
Indians 11, Yankees 1
Felix Fermin equaled his previous season high by driving in four runs with two singles as the Cleveland Indians defeated the struggling New York Yankees.
Fermin, who had four RBIs in 68 at-bats with Pittsburgh in 1987 and two more in 87 at-bats with the Pirates last year, singled home the game's first two runs in the fifth inning and capped a five-run sixth with another two-run single.
White Sox 7, Athletics 4
Ivan Calderon hit his first career grand slam, leading the Chicago White Sox past Oakland in Mike Moore's debut with the Athletics.
Moore, 0-1, walked seven and gave up nine hits and five runs in 51/3 innings. He signed with Oakland as a free agent last Nov. 28 for $3.95 million over three years after seven seasons with the Seattle Mariners.
Rangers 5, Blue Jays 4
Jamie Moyer struck out 13 and allowed four hits in eight-plus innings in his debut with Texas as the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
Moyer, the son-in-law of Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps, bettered his previous personal high of 12 strikeouts with the Chicago Cubs and beat the Texas record by a left-hander, which was 11 by Mike Mason.
Twins 6, Orioles 5
Dan Gladden doubled to snap a seventh-inning tie as Minnesota rallied from a four-run deficit and beat the Baltimore Orioles, the Twins' fourth straight victory.
Baltimore scored five runs in the second to take a 5-1 lead. Gary Gaetti hit a solo homer in the bottom of the inning, his sixth consecutive hit, and Kent Hrbek tied it with a three-run homer in the third off Orioles starter Dave Schmidt.
Expos 3, Mets 2
Spike Owen hit a seventh-inning sacrifice fly and Tim Wallach doubled in a run in the eighth as the Montreal Expos beat the New York Mets for their third straight victory.
New York, which stranded eight runners, has lost three straight since beating St. Louis 8-4 on opening day. Montreal has won seven straight against the Mets this year, including five in spring training.
Cubs 5, Pirates 3
Domingo Ramos hit a two-run homer and Ryne Sandberg drove in two runs with a single and a double, leading Mike Bielecki and the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Don Zimmer, the Cubs manager, won his 700th career game against 687 losses. Pittsburgh lost its third straight after a season-opening victory against Montreal.
Phillies 5, Cardinals 4
Mike Schmidt doubled and scored on Ricky Jordan's 11th-inning double, leading Philadelphia past the St. Louis Cardinals for the Phillies' first victory in a home opener since 1984.
With two outs in the 11th, Schmidt doubled to left off John Costello, 0-1. Ron Jones was walked intentionally and Jordan lined a single in between Vince Coleman and the left-field line.
Astros 6, Padres 2
Jim Clancy allowed six hits over 81/3 innings and struck out eight to win in his first National League game, leading the Houston Astros past the San Diego Padres.
Clancy, an 11-year veteran of the Toronto Blue Jays before signing with Houston as a new-look free agent for $3.45 million over three years, allowed a run in the fifth when Garry Templeton and Walt Terrell hit consecutive doubles and another in the ninth when Marvell Wynne homered.