Thigpen Earns Record 47th Save

Posted: September 04, 1990

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.

Fisk's blast, his 15th of the season and a major league-record 330th as a catcher, made a winner of Wayne Edwards (4-3), who pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief.

The home run, off Kevin Appier (11-5), was the 351st of Fisk's career, moving him into a tie with Dick Allen for 42d on the all-time list.

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