Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Indians' Clark Wins Again; Umpire Phillips Hurt in Kc

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Indians' Clark Wins Again; Umpire Phillips Hurt in Kc

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Mark Clark pitched his third complete game in his last four starts, and Carlos Baerga homered as the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 Saturday for their eighth consecutive home victory.

It's the first time the Indians have won eight in a row at home since 1982. The A's lost for the 30th time in their last 36 games.

Paul Sorrento, Kenny Lofton and Alvaro Espinoza also drove in runs for Cleveland.

Clark (5-1), a former Cardinal, blanked the A's on three hits until the seventh inning. aea Clark yielded five hits, walked one and struck out three.

Yankees 5, Royals 3: Jim Leyritz, three pitches after accidentally hitting plate umpire Dave Phillips with his bat and causing a concussion, hit a home run in the 10th inning that sent New York past Kansas City. Pinch-hitter Daryl Boston's two-run homer off Royals closer Jeff Montgomery (0-2) tied it in the ninth. The Yankees won their fourth in a row.

Leyritz hit Phillips, a St. Louisan, in the head with his backswing. Phillips suffered a mild concussion and bruised left temple. The game was delayed for eight minutes while Phillips was checked, and he left and Tim McClelland took his place.

"I went over and made sure he was OK," Leyritz said of Phillips, who is expected to be able to umpire Sunday. "He said, `I didn't know you had that much of a backswing.' I said normally I don't, but I was digging in against their closer."

White Sox 6, Orioles 2: Frank Thomas homered for the fourth game in a row to help the Chicago White Sox beat Baltimore and Ben McDonald (8-3) for their seventh consecutive victory. Baltimore first baseman Rafael Palmeiro went 0 for four, snapping his streak of reaching base safely at 32 games.

Brewers 7, Mariners 5: B.J. Surhoff drove in three runs and Ricky Bones snapped a month-long losing skid as Milwaukee beat Seattle. Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 22nd homer for the Mariners, who lost for the 19th time in 24 road games.

Blue Jays 9, Angels 4: Dick Schofield hit his fifth career grand slam and first home run in almost two years, leading Toronto past California. …

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