OAKLAND — Jimmy Key gave up six hits in 7 2/3 innings to become the first seven-game winner in the major leagues as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Oakland Athletics, 5-1, Monday night.
Key (7-0) retired the first 10 batters before giving up consecutive doubles by Rafael Bournigal and Jose Canseco in the fourth inning. He gave up one other double and three singles.
Key, who improved his AL-best earned-run average to 1.82, did not walk or strike out a batter.
Tony Tarasco hit a three-run homer for the Orioles, who at 24-11 have the AL's best record. B.J. Surhoff had an RBI double and Cal Ripken Jr. added a sacrifice fly.
Key became the third Oriole starter to open a season 7-0. Dave McNally won his first 15 decisions in 1969 and Ben McDonald started the 1994 season with seven wins.