Mike Hargrove's 13th-inning single, his fourth hit, drove in the game's only run as the Texas Rangers defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 1-0, this afternoon.
Hargrove's hit came off Tippy Martinez and drove in Bump Wills, who had doubled.That was the lone extra-base hit of the nationally televised game, most of which was a scoreless pitching battle between the Rangers' Gaylord Perry and the Oriolers' Jim Palmer, both of whom long outlasted ejected Baltimore manager Earl Weaver.
Palmer went 11 innings Perry nine, Adrian Devine was the winning pitcher.
Infielders and outfielders played bit roles through the first nine innings as Jim Palmer of the Orioles and Gaylord Perry of the Rangers engaged in a classic one-on-one pitching battle.
Perry pitched perfectly through four innings and had a no-hitter through 5 2/3, while Palmer had his best outing since May 24 when he struck out 12 Milwaukee Brewers.
Palmer gave up three hits in the first two innings, then retired 19 straight. No Ranger reached third until the 11th inning.
Palmer left after the 11th, having given up seven hits and no walks while striking out nine. His earned run average dropped from 3.12 to 2.94.
Perry's no-hitter dissolved in the sixth when Al Bumbry shanked the ball up the third base line. Toby Harrah charged and attempted to barehand it, but couldn't pick it up.
Perry left after nine innings, giving up four hits, three walks and striking out nine.
Weaver was thrown out of the game with one out in the top of the third when he charged out of the dugout to argue a strike call on Mike Hargrove. Hargrove tried to break his swing and spun 360 degrees at the plate, but the pitch was ruleld a ball.
Third base umpire Nick Bremigan pointed Weaver in the direction of Washington before he got within cussing distance.
Weaver, who has been thrown out four times this season, continued to argue to no vail.
Weaver said before the game of Perry's alleged spitters. "He says he's quit. I think once in a while he forgets he's quit."
Perry, smelling faintly of insecticide, or cologne grinned at Weaver's accusation. He pulled a small tube of Vaseline from his warmup jacket pocket.
"You would never go to work without your makeup on, would you," Perry asked, requiring no answer. "Neither would I. I don't say I use it. I just always have it."
Perry said that in his gloomy, greasy past he has smeared the ball with K-Y jelly, fish-line grease ("Its better for fishing," he said) and even the injection form of silicone.
"A doctor gave it to me," Perry said proudly. "It's the slickest thing. But I can't use it because it's so slick, I can't get it off my fingers."
Whether he does or doesn't lubricate the ball, Perry rattled the Orioles as he does most other teams, spending minutes on the mound touching his eyebrows, cap, hair, belt buckle, and around one more time.
Why does he do it?
"Because," said Perry, "it gets people out."