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BASEBALL EXTRA

Mussina Wins Eighth in a Row for the Orioles

June 10, 1997|From Associated Press

CHICAGO — Mike Mussina won his eighth consecutive decision as the Baltimore Orioles routed the Chicago White Sox, 10-2, Monday for their ninth victory in 11 games.

Mussina (8-1), whose only loss came in his first start at Texas on April 6, allowed five hits and struck out six in his second complete game of the year. He lost his shutout bid in the seventh inning, giving up home runs to Albert Belle and Lyle Mouton.

B.J. Surhoff was four for five for the Orioles, who opened the scoring in the fourth when James Baldwin (3-8) walked Tony Tarasco with the bases loaded. The Orioles broke it open with a four-run fifth.

Roberto Alomar was safe on a fielder's choice, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. Rafael Palmiero doubled in a run, Surhoff added an RBI single and Jeffrey Hammonds followed with a two-run homer.

Belle, who went three for three, hit his 14th home run in the seventh. One out later, Mouton connected for his third homer.

Baldwin gave up five runs on eight hits in seven innings.

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