They're called 'Domeruns,' in acknowledgment that a home run...

SEATTLE -- They're called 'Domeruns,' in acknowledgment that a home run hit in Seattle's Kingdome is a little different than those hit anywhere else in major-league baseball.

Five of them were hit Tuesday night in the gray toadstool with the short fences, three by the Minnesota Twins and only two by the Seattle Mariners. That home run edge was enough for the Twins to record their first victory of the season, 5-4.


Last year, the Kingdome, with foul pole dimensions of 316 feet and power alley distances of just 358 feet, yeilded 173 home runs -- tops in the major leagues. This season, in five games, 15 balls have already sailed into the outfield seats.

The Kingdome made big-league hitters out of the Twins, who had been shackled by the Oakland A's pitchers in their first four games of the season -- all losses during which they did not hit a home run and compiled a woeful team batting average of .160.


The happiest of all the Twins Tuesday night was Ron Jackson, who hit two home runs, solo shots into the left-field seats in the fifth and seventh innings. His second home run proved to be the margin of victory.

In major-league style, Jackson insisted that even in the Kingdome, 'I try not to go for home runs.

'Once you start trying to hit home runs,' Jackson said steadfastly, 'you pull off the ball.'

Both of Jackson's home runs were good pokes. But the other Minnesota home run, a solo job by Roy Smalley in the sixth, was clearly a 'Domerun.' Batting left-handed against Seattle starter and loser, Glenn Abbott, 0-2, Smalley lined an opposite field drive that just cleared the 10-foot fence near the foul pole.

Abbott refused to blame the Kingdome, but did say plaintively, 'the Oakland pitchers must have really been painting the black on these guys, 'cause they hit every mistake I made.'

Jerry Koosman, 1-1, went 5 1-3 innings to pick up his first victory of the season and run his lifetime record against the Mariners to 7-0. He credited his mastery over Seattle to 'a lot of run production by our hitters.'

The Twins scored a run in the first on a single by John Castino, an error on left fielder Tom Paciorek that allowed Castino to continue to second, and a double by Smalley. The made it 2-0 in the fourth on Castino's double and Glenn Adams' single. Jackson's first home run gave them a 3-0 lead in the fifth.


Seattle got one run back in its half of the fifth when Paciorek doubled, moved to third on Dave Edler's single and scored an unearned run as catcher Ray Smith mishandled the third strike on Jimmy Anderson for a passed ball.

Smalley's home run in the sixth made it 4-1. The Mariners closed the gap to 4-3 in the sixth on Julio Cruz's leadoff home run, a double by Bruce Bochte and Richie Zisk's single.

Doug Corbett then relieved Koosman and got Jeff Burroughs to ground into an inning-ending double play. Corbett earned his first save with 3 2-3 innings of two-hit ball, including Anderson's 'Domerun' in the seventh.

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