Gonzo stars, but Angels lose Langston American League

April 13, 1992

The arrival of former Oriole Rene Gonzales was a big plus for the California Angels yesterday, but it couldn't offset the departure of lefthander Mark Langston in the Angels' 13-9 victory over Milwaukee before 22,823 at Anaheim Stadium.

Gonzo, as he was affectionately known in Baltimore, got off a plane from Triple-A Edmonton just in time to hit a three-run home run, one of seven extra-base hits in the Angels' 14-hit attack yesterday. But even Lance Parrish's 1,000th RBI, coming on another three-run homer, couldn't brighten the spirits of the Angels when Langston limped off the mound with a strained left hip after pitching five innings.

"He looks doubtful for now," manager Buck Rodgers said of the Angels' latest casualty, one they can ill afford with lefthander Chuck Finley scheduled to go on the disabled list today.

"He was struggling in that last inning," Rodgers said. "We didn't know if it was a groin or a hip, but he barely made it off the field."

Gonzales, a non-roster invitee to the Angels' spring training camp, took the roster spot of shortstop Dick Schofield, dealt yesterday to the New York Mets.

Parrish became only the seventh player in major-league history to catch 1,000 games and drive in 1,000 runs.

"Yeah, it is a big deal," the 15-year veteran said. "I don't think you can ever expect a lot in this game, and what I've achieved has far exceeded whatever expectations I had, coming in."

RANGERS 4, TWINS 3

In Minneapolis, the powerful and prolific Texas hitters, who scored 49 runs in their first six games, needed help from pitcher Kevin Brown to beat Minnesota, ensuring the Rangers' best start ever.

The 1979 Rangers won their first six games before losing. After sweeping Seattle and taking two of three from the Twins, this year's Rangers also are 6-1.

"It's good," manager Bobby Valentine said. "It's better than 1-6."

Brown, who shut out Seattle in his only other game this year, ran his streak to 15 innings before running into trouble in the seventh last night.

"Brown was tough on us," said Twins manager Tom Kelly. "We had no chance early in the game. He was dominant. Toward the end we started to hit the ball, but he was in control of the game."

Juan Gonzales,who is 6-for 13 in the three-game series and 11-for-29 for the season rescued the Rangers again.Gonzalez,who hit a three -run homer in the first,singled in Dean Palmer for the game-winner to cap an eighth-inning rally.

YANKEES 5, TIGERS 1

At Tiger Stadium, New York remained unbeaten as Mel Hall had two hits and drove in three runs to help beat winless Detroit. The Yankees are 5-0, their best start since 1988, while the Tigers' 0-6 record is their worst since 1959.

Scott Sanderson (2-0) pitched 6 2/3 innings for the win, allowing one run on six hits and three walks. Ex-Oriole John Habyan finished for his first save.

MARINERS 2, ROYALS 1

At the Kingdome, Erik Hanson gave up one run in eight-plus innings as Seattle completed a three-game sweep against Kansas City. The Royals' 0-6 start is the worst in the club's 24-year history.

Hanson (1-1) followed teammate Randy Johnson's 1-0, four-hit shutout of the Royals on Saturday night.

Hanson struck out four and walked three in besting Mike Boddicker, who lost his season's debut. Boddicker gave up six hits -- five in the first two innings -- in 7 1/3 innings.

WHITE SOX 6, ATHLETICS 4

At the Coliseum, Jack McDowell weathered a three-homer barrage, including two more by Mark McGwire, as Chicago beat Oakland, handing the Athletics their first loss.

McGwire connected for the fourth straight game, giving him five home runs this season, and Jose Canseco also homered for the A's. Oakland had won its first five games, its best start since going 11-0 to open 1981.

McDowell (2-0) gave up four runs on eight hits in eight innings. He walked none and struck out three in his 100th career start.

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