April 20, 1998 |
Ivan Rodriguez capped a five-run fourth inning with a three-run homer Sunday to lead the Texas Rangers over the Baltimore Orioles, 11-7, at Arlington, Tex. Rodriguez went four for five, and Juan Gonzalez had four runs batted in to take over the American League lead with 22. The Rangers, who took an 11-1 lead into the ninth, won for the sixth time in seven games. Ranger starter Bobby Witt (2-0) gave up three runs and eight hits in eight-plus innings. He walked three and struck out one.
June 29, 2000 |
Boomer came through again. David Wells became the major leagues' first 13-game winner and Jose Cruz Jr. homered as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the host Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 5-2, Wednesday night. Wells (13-2) pitched a five-hitter in picking up his sixth consecutive win and fourth complete game of the season. "When you're locked in, you're locked in," Wells said, "I just go out there and I'm in my own little world."
June 3, 1996 |
Shortstop Gary DiSarcina battled a difficult slump that dropped his average to .150 in mid-May, so he knows what is going through left-hander Jim Abbott's mind. Hitting coach Rod Carew helped DiSarcina escape the skid. Who can best help Abbott, DiSarcina was asked. "You can't take anyone out there [on the field] with you," DiSarcina said. "When you're hitting rock bottom, it's tough to have confidence out there. You have to hold your head up and exude confidence. That's what I did.
May 13, 1997 |
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.
June 13, 1997 |
Nomar Garciaparra hit two home runs, including a three-run shot during a five-run fourth inning, as the Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 9-5, Thursday at Boston. Mo Vaughn added a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who won for only the fourth time in 13 games and gained a split of the four-game series. Tim Naehring drove in three runs and Reggie Jefferson had three doubles for Boston. B.J. Surhoff hit a two-run homer for Baltimore. Aaron Sele (7-5) was the beneficiary of Boston's offense.
May 21, 1996 |
Shawn Boskie, who starts against Baltimore tonight, has a videotape of the game he pitched in Camden Yards on Sept. 6, when Oriole shortstop Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive-games record of 2,130, but he hasn't watched it. "I can remember clearly everything that happened," Boskie said. "Maybe one day, 40 years from now, it will be neat to watch."
May 3, 1997 |
Jimmy Key improved to 5-0 for the first time, giving up four hits in eight innings as the Baltimore Orioles stretched their winning streak to four by defeating the Oakland Athletics, 7-1, on Friday night. Mike Bordick hit two doubles and drove in three runs, and Eric Davis and Roberto Alomar homered to help Baltimore to its sixth victory in seven games. The Orioles' 18-7 record is the best in the AL.
October 5, 1996 |
Thunderous boos greeted Roberto Alomar each time he stepped out of the dugout at Jacobs Field. They booed his name when the lineups were introduced. They booed when he came to bat. They booed when he caught a pop-up. Alomar was asked if he had heard anything like it before in his career. "What do you think?" asked Alomar, who had been expecting this sort of reaction ever since he spit in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck last week. "They're just trying to get you out of your game.
June 3, 1998 |
The Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners staged another home run derby, and the result was nearly identical. Rafael Palmeiro hit his second game-winning homer in as many days, a two-run shot in the 10th inning that carried the Orioles to a 9-8 victory Tuesday. Palmeiro connected off Bobby Ayala (0-5) immediately after Harold Baines opened the inning with a single. Ken Griffey Jr.