CHICAGO — Bobby Thigpen set a major-league record for saves in a season and Carlton Fisk smacked a tie-breaking homer in the sixth inning last night to boost the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Thigpen, whose 47 saves are more than any major-league team except Oakland, started the ninth. He retired Kevin Seitzer on a ground ball, and, after a single, George Brett grounded into a double play.
Thigpen had tied Dave Righetti's mark of 46 saves on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif. Thigpen, whose previous single-season best was 34 saves in 1988 and '89, now has appeared in 65 games. Righetti set the mark in 1986 in 74 games.