The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 2, 1995 - 9B
(ockies snatch wild
:ard with comeback
The upstart Colorado Rockies won
NL wild card spot in dramatic fash-
n Sunday, rallying from a six-run
ficit as Larry Walker and Eric Young
t two-run homers to lead a 10-9 vic-
Colorado will meetthe Atlanta Braves
the first round of divisional play
esday night at Coors Field.
Trailing 8-2 in the third after another
or starting performance from Bret
berhagen, the Rockies came back for
ur runs in their half to make it 8-6,
en added four more in the fifth to take
San Francisco got a run in the sev-
th to cut its deficit to 10-9, but the
iants put only one runner on base in
e final two innings.
Curtis Leskanic pitched the ninth for
s 10th save, striking out two.
Lance Painter (3-0) got the victory,
ing one-third ofan inning in the fifth.
The Rockies sent nine men to the
ate in the fifth, starting the inning
ith four straight hits off reliever Mark
eds 5, Expos 1
Tim Pugh pitched one-hit ball over
ve innings and Bret Boone hit a three-
n homer Sunday to lead the Cincin-
ti Reds over the Montreal Expos 5-1.
The Central Division champion Reds
ay at Los Angeles tomorrow in their
rst playoff series since they won the
orld Series in 1990.
Montreal (66-78) had its first losing
ason since 1991, when the Expos also
nished last in the NL East.
Pugh (6-5) allowed a third-inning
ingle and faced one batter over the
mit in his five innings of work. The
ght-hander struck out three and walked
one. Pugh, who was recalled from
riple-A Indianapolis Sept. 2, won't be
ligible for the postseason unless he
eplaces Johnny Ruffin or Frank Viola,
oth of whom are disabled.
Boone's 15th home run came in the
ourth inning off Jeff Fassero (13-14).
t was his first in 194 at-bats after he hit
0 in July. Fassero walked Benito
ndians 17, Royals 7
The Cleveland Indians closed their
est season in 41 years with a resound-
ng 17-7 victory over the Kansas City
oyals Sunday, reaching 100 victories
or only the second time in franchise
The Indians ended the suspense
luicklyby scoring 11 runs on 10 singles
n the first two innings. They sent 12
batters to the plate in the first inning and
the first six of them scored. Five of the
first six batters in the second inning
Eddie Murray drove in two runs with
a bases-loaded single in the first, and
Sandy Alomar singled home two more
in the second.
Billy Ripken homered, his second, to
start a six-run fifth that included a three-
run home run by Paul Sorrento, his
Charles Nagy (16-6) allowed four
runs and nine hits in five innings, win-
ning for the sixth time in seven deci-
Tom Gordon (12-12) faced 16 bat-
ters in the first two innings and allowed
10 runs on nine hits and four walks,
leaving before he could retire a batter in
Brewers 8, Red Sox 1
Rookie left-hander Scott Karl threw
a five-hitter despite a sore finger, and
John Jaha and Dave Nilsson each
homered and drove in three runs as
Milwaukee beat the playoff-bound Bos-
ton Red Sox, 8-1, Sunday.
The Brewers finished 65-79, win-
ning just seven of their last 32 games
after pulling within a half-game of the
wild-card lead Aug. 27.
Karl (6-7), who was smacked on the
tip of his left index finger when the
barrel of Troy O'Leary's bat twirled
into the Milwaukee dugout Saturday,
stopped his five-game losing streak.
Brewers pitcher Bill Wegman played
right field in the ninth.
Milwaukee went ahead, 3-0, in the
first on three unearned runs. Mark
Loretta scored from second on third
baseman Tim Naehring's fielding error
with two outs and Nilsson followed
with his 12th homer, a 418-foot drive to
Consecutive doubles by John Jaha and
Nilsson in the sixth made it 4-0.
Tim Wakefield (16-8), thethirdstarter
in Boston's playoff rotation, allowed
five hits and hit a batter, walked none
and struck out three in six innings.
Orioles 4, Tigers 0
Mike Mussina pitched Baltimore's
fifth straight shutout, matching an
American League record, and the Ori-
oles ruined Sparky Anderson's final
game as Detroit manager with a 4-0
Anderson will announce his resigna-
tion in a news conference Monday.
The game also almost certainly
marked the end of the combination of
Seattle can't grab berth
Playoff for division championship is today
ssoiated Press straight years
The Seattle Mariners blew their sec- Thomas opened the 11 th by di
ond chance to win the AL West, losing a walk and advanced to second w
9-3, Sunday to the Texas Rangers, forc- beat the pitcher's throw on
ing them into a one-game playoff with Cameron's sacrifice. Chris Snope
the Angels, to be played tonight in Se- bunted into a force play at thi
attle. The winners, who will bethe divi- Cameron scored on Ventura's;
sion champion, face New York Tues- off Dave Stevens (5-4).
day. Roberto Hernandez (3-7) pit
The Angels defeated the Rangers, scoreless 11th for the victory.
9-3. Astros 8, Cubs 7
Things started poorly for the Mari- The Houston Astros ralliedf
ners Sunday as starterTim Belcher(10- six-run deficit and beat the C
12) allowed a three-run home run by Cubs 8-7 Sunday but were elim
Mickey Tettleton in the first inning. from playoff contention when
Seattle cut it to 3-1 in its next at-bat rado beat San Francisco.
on a solo homer by Jay Buhner. It was Houston, which went ahead on
his 40th of the season, making him the Eusebio's eighth-inning sacrifi
only Mariner other than Ken Griffey Jr. entered the last day of the se
to reach that plateau in club history. game behind the Rockies in t
Griffey has done it twice. wild-card race.
The Mariners got within 7-3 on a Derrick May homered, tripl
two-run homer by Mike Blowers in the singled twice for the Astros, w
sixth. His 23rd homer gave him 96 reached the NL playoffs in 198
RBIs, leaving him just short of giving In the eighth, Terry Adams
Seattle four 100 RBI hitters. walked Jeff Bagwell with o
Kenny Rogers(17-7) startedonthree Larry Casian relieved and gotA
days' rest and allowed three runs on pop up, but the ball fell in f
five hits, two walks and three strikeouts diving left fielder Luis Gonzale
in six innings. Matt Whiteside worked single and Bagwell took third.
the final three innings. Foster came in and got Euseb
White Sox 2, Twins 1 fly to medium-deep right fie
Frank Thomasbecame the onlyplayer Bagwell tagged up and beat S
in major league history to bat .300 with Sosa's throw home.
20 homers, 100 RB1s, 100 walks and Dave Veres (5-1) pitched t
100 runs over five straight seasons Sun- nings of shutout relief. Todd Jo
day when he homered in Chicago's2-1, three outs for his 15th save.
11-inning victory over Minnesota.
Robin Ventura hit a game-winning Marlins 8, Phillies 2
single in the bottom of the 11Ith. Ryan Bowen won for the thir
The WhiteSox finished third in the in two years and the Florida N
AL Central at 68-76. The Twins fin- concluded the season with a club
ished 56-88, tying them with Toronto 67th victory Sunday, beating th
for the worst record in baseball. delphia Phillies, 8-2.
Thomas hit his 40th homer leading Philadelphia fell into a secon
off the bottom of the ninth to tie the tie with the New York Mets in t
game 1-1. Lou Gehrig and Ted Will- NL East standings. The Phillie
iams batted .300 with 20 homers, 100 were 19 games above .500 Ju
RBIs, 100 walks and 100 runs over four finished 69-75.
ez for a
io on a
Colorado pitcher Curtis Leskanic rejoices after his team secured a playoff berth.
Detroit second baseman Lou Whitaker
and shortstop Alan Trammell, who
played a record 1,918 games as team-
mates. They both started the game and
left, appropriately, together before the
bottom of the second.
Before that, they were given a stand-
ing ovation in the bottom of the first and
presented second base from their final
game with the Tigers.
Mussina (19-9) pitched a two-hitter,
striking out seven and walking two in
his fourth shutout of the season.
The Orioles' fifth straight victory
gave them their longest winning streak
since Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 1993. Baltimore
won 11 of its last 13 games.
The Orioles got all the runs they
needed in a four-run second inning
against Clint Sodowsky (2-2).
Mets 1, Braves 0
Brad Woodall walked Tim Bogar with
the bases loaded in the 11th inning as
the New York Mets beat the Atlanta
Braves 1-0 Sunday and completed a
season-ending sweep of the NL East
New York stretched its winning streak
to six and tied a club record by winning
its 11th consecutive home game. The
Mets also swept two otherplayoff teams
coming down the stretch, Los Angeles
Dodgers 4, Padres 1
Tony Gwynn finished off his sixth
NL batting title in style and Randy
Smith saw what was likely his last game
as San Diego general manager, but
former replacement player Mike Busch
had the last word Sunday.
Busch, ostracized when called up by
Los Angeles earlier this year, hit a
tiebreaking three-run homer as the NL
West champion Dodgers beat the Pa-
Pirates 10, Cardinals 4
Midre Cummings drove in four runs
as the Pittsburgh Pirates wound up a
season-ending series between the
NL's worst teams with an 10-4 vic-
tory over the St. Louis Cardinals Sun-
Yankee win secures first
postseason berth since 1981
Don Mattingly made sure he'd finally make it to the playoffs, hitting a home run
Sunday that helped the New York Yankees clinch the AL wild-card spot and their
first postseason appearance since 1981 with a 6-1 win over Toronto.
Mattingly's solo homer in the fifth was the highlight of New York's fifth straight
win and its 11th victory in 12 games. He added a single in the ninth.
Sterling Hitchcock (11-10) rewarded manager Buck Showalter's confidence by
pitching the Yankees to their 12th straight win over the Blue Jays this season.
Ruben Sierra hit a two-run double in the first inning, and an error by third
baseman Ed Sprague and RBI single by Pat Kelly made it 4-0 in the second. Randy
Velarde had a solo homer in the eighth for a 6-1 lead.
Pat Hentgen (10-14) took the loss, Toronto's fifth straight defeat.
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