Chamberlain's decisive blow

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The Boston Red Sox clinched their fourth successive victory when their pinch hitter Wes Chamberlain slammed a home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure a 4-3 win over Baltimore.

Chamberlain connected off the relief pitcher, Armando Benitez, who had replaced Jesse Orosco with one out in the ninth."It was just a matter of waiting to get a pitch and trying to keep the count in my favour and not trying to overdue anything," Chamberlain said. "I met it nice."

Mo Vaughn was another Boston hitting star, driving in two runs with a homer off Ben McDonald in the first inning and a bases-loaded walk in the third.

Chris Hoiles drove in all three runs for Baltimore. He hit a two-run homer off Rheal Cormier in the second inning and added an RBI single in the sixth. Cormier allowed two runs and five hits in five innings.

At Toronto, Alex Gonzalez had two hits and three RBI and Roberto Alomar slammed a home run and had two RBI to lead the Blue Jays to a 9-6 victory over slumping New York. The Yankees have lost three in a row.

New York's starter, Jack McDowell, was roughed up for 12 hits and nine runs in just four-plus innings. He gave up two runs in each of the first two innings.

At Cleveland, Paul Sorrento hit a grand slam home run to highlight an eight-run first inning and Orel Hershiser coasted to his first American League victory as the Indians blanked Kansas City 10-0. Kenny Lofton led off the first inning with a home run and Carlos Baerga belted a two-run homer two batters later. All 10 Indian runs came off loser Doug Linton, who allowed eight hits and walked five in five innings.

Hershiser, the former Los Angeles Dodger star who had made two starts for Cleveland since signing as a free agent, allowed four hits with one walk and five strike-outs.

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