Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Giants Win Initial Interleague Game

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Giants Win Initial Interleague Game

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Thanks to a couple of former American Leaguers, Stan Javier and Mark Gardner, a National League team won baseball's first interleague game. Javier homered and hit a tiebreaking double in the (begin ILLINOIS FIVE STAR LIFT text) bottom of the (end I5* LIFT text) seventh inning, leading Gardner and the San Francisco Giants past Texas 4-3 before a sellout crowd of 46,507 Thursday in Arlington, Tex.

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"They've got quite a lineup," Gardner said after pitching eight strong innings. "I was looking for that pitcher coming up in the ninth spot." That didn't happen, though, because the designated hitter is being used in American League parks. (end 5* text) The history-making night began with Darren Oliver throwing a low, inside fastball to Darryl Hamilton at 7:11 p.m. local time, ending the separation between leagues that traditionalists had preserved for more than century. (begin FIVE STAR text) Hamilton followed with the first hit three pitches later, but the first double play took him off the bases - which were painted with a "First Interleague Game" logo. Players also wore interleague patches. In the seventh Javier, who played nine seasons in the AL, hit a run-scoring double to snap a 3-3 tie. (end 5* text) * Mariners 12, Rockies 11: Jay Buhner's three-run double in the seventh carried host Seattle past Colorado. The Rockies pulled to 12-11 in the top of the eighth on Quinton McCracken's run-scoring single, but after the run scored, Walt Weiss was caught in a run down at third and McCracken, thinking that was the third out, wandered off second where he was tagged to end the inning. * Athletics 5, Dodgers 4: Consecutive pinch hits by by Patrick Lennon and George Williams in a four-run sixth inning helped host Oakland beat Los Angeles. All five A's runs were charged to Hideo Nomo (6-6). * Angels 8, Padres 4: Anaheim rapped 16 hits in its victory over visiting San Diego. Tony Phillips, Dave Hollins and Darin Erstad hit solo homers for Anaheim. …

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