Originally created 04/12/98

Baseball roundup: Mets edge out Brewers

Rey Ordonez singled in the winning run in the ninth inning Saturday to give the New York Mets a victory.

REDS 12, ROCKIES 5: Barry Larkin hit his first homer and Bret Boone drove in three runs as the Cincinnati Reds routed the reeling Colorado Rockies.

Six batters -- Larkin, Boone, Eddie Taubensee, Chris Stynes, Dmitri Young and Jon Nunnally -- each had three hits for the Reds, who accumulated a season-high 21 hits in handing Colorado its seventh straight loss.

CARDINALS 7, GIANTS 2: Mark McGwire drew a bases-loaded walk for his 1,000th career RBI during St. Louis' three-run seventh inning that gave the Cardinals a win over the San Francisco Giants.

ORIOLES 2, TIGERS 0: Mike Mussina allowed only two hits in eight innings and notched his 1,000th career strikeout, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Mussina (2-1) struck out nine and walked two -- his first in 23 innings this season. The right-hander overpowered the Tigers, allowing only a single in the second and fourth innings.

Armando Benitez walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth before getting his third save.

DEVIL RAYS 5, WHITE SOX 1: Rich Gorecki gave up three hits over seven innings to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a victory.

Kevin Stocker hit a solo homer and Bobby Smith added a two-run single for the Devil Rays, who posted their first road win.

With the victory, Tampa Bay (5-4) matched the best nine-game record ever by a first-year expansion club, tying the 1962 Houston Colt .45s, the 1969 Kansas City Royals and 1977 Toronto Blue Jays.

RED SOX 5, MARINERS 0: A big contract and a new league may have made Pedro Martinez even better.

Last year's NL Cy Young winner struck out 12 and gave up just two singles in nine innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners.

Martinez (2-0) allowed only six balls out of the infield in his first home game with the Red Sox.

YANKEES 3, ATHLETICS 1: Andy Pettitte and two relievers restored a sense of order as the New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics one day after the highest-scoring game in Yankee Stadium's 75-year history.

Pettite (1-2) allowed only one run and five hits in six innings.

TWINS 8, ROYALS 3: Eric Milton's second major league win looked a lot like his first.

Milton beat Kansas City for the second time this week and Paul Molitor homered and drove in two runs Saturday as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Royals.

Milton, a 22-year-old left-hander acquired from New York in the Chuck Knoblauch deal, allowed six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He has given up just one run and 12 hits in 12 2/3 innings against the Royals.

WHO'S ON FIRST: Cleveland Indians third baseman Travis Fryman must have felt really silly when he charged a bunt in the second inning Saturday, threw to first base -- and there was nobody there.

The fans gasped, and the press box filled with laughter.

Then Bob Feller got out of his seat in the back row and taught a little history lesson.

"Don't laugh," the Indians Hall of Famer said. "That happened to me once."

With Phil Nevin on first and one out in the second against Anaheim, Norberto Martin sent a bunt toward third. Fryman charged and scooped it up, but didn't see first baseman Jim Thome charging, too.

Fryman's perfect throw to first sailed straight over the bag and into right field. Nevin went to third and scored on Craig Shipley's groundout.

It brought back an embarrassing moment for Feller in the last game of the 1948 season.

In a game the Indians had to win to avoid a one-game playoff with the Boston Red Sox, the Detroit Tigers had runners at first and second and nobody out against Feller. Vic Wertz bunted, and Feller picked it up and threw to third base -- where Ken Keltner used to be.

"I picked the ball up and fired a perfect strike to third," Feller said. "I didn't see Keltner standing right beside me, just like Fryman didn't see Thome.

"I nearly hit the third base coach in the head. I think he almost had a heart attack because the ball went right by his head like a bullet. I threw a beauty. The ball bounced around in the left field corner for about 10 minutes."

Two runs scored on the play, and the Tigers won behind a gem pitched by Hal Newhouser.


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