Baltimore players could sense there was something different about Nolan Ryan Tuesday night.
They were right. The visiting Orioles rocked the California Angels' pitching star for 12 hits and seven runs in 5 1/3 innings enroute to their seventh straight victory, 8-6.
California's ninth loss in 10 games dropped the Angels into fourth place in the American League West.
"Everbody in the dugout was commenting in the first inning that Ryan wasn't throwing as hards as he had in the past," said rookie Larry Harlow after spearheading the Oriole attack with three hits off Ryan, stealing three bases and scoring two runs.
Harlow, who was hitless in 12 atbats going the game, struck out three times and hit a sacrifice fly in his only game against Ryan last season.
"After seeing him throw tonight, we knew we could be more aggressive," Harlow said. "At the beginning of a game, you feel intimidated by him. When you face Ryan you think fireball . . . heater . . . strikeouts."
Ryan can't explain his sudden ineffectiveness. He has allowed 16 earned runs in his last 16 1/3 innings of work and his earned-run average has soared to 4.14.
Ryan can't explain his sudden inef-game, you feel intimidated by him. runs in his last 16 1/3 innings of work and his earned-run av eragehas has soared to 4.14.
"I can't put my finger on it," Ryan confessed. "It's not one thing. Once you get into bad habits, one thing leads to another. I don't know what I can do.
The only thing you can do is keep studying films."
Baltimore Manager Earl Weaver knows how Ryan feels.
"Baseball is a funny game," said Weaver. "You're on top of the world one week and wondering what happened the next. The other teams in the East will be thinking now, 'Oh, god, the Orioles are coming back again.'" Mariners 4, Yankees 3
Spencer's seventh-inning homer, New York threw it away in the ninth when Juan Bernhardt led off with a double for Seattle. Julio Cruz then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Willie Randolph, covering first, let the throw from Yankee reliever Rich Gossage get away from him as pinch-runner Jose Baez dashed home with the winning run. It was the Yanks' fourth straight defeat.
%White Sox 3, Indians 0
Francisco Barrios tossed a seven-hitter for this third straight victory and the ninth for the White Sox in their last 10 games. It was also the second straight shutdout win by Chicago over the Indians. Jorge Orta doubled home one run and Bob Molinaro singled in another. Rangers 2, Royals 1
Ferguson Jenkins continued his remarkable comeback, outdueling Dennis Leonard with a four-hitter. The 34-year-old Jenkins, now 6-3, stuck out eight and walked only one. Bobby Bonds decided the game with a fifth inning homer that snapped a 1-1 tie. A's 7, Red Sox 1
Rookie Taylor Duncan sparked the still suprising A's to their fourth straight win by driving in four runs with a double and his first major-league homer. Six of Oakland's seven runs were unearned, the result of three errors by Boston third baseman Butch Hobson and one by shortstop Rich Burleson. Phillies 7, Giants 6
Trailing, 6-4, going into the ninth the Phillies loaded the bases off loser Gary Lavelle when Jim Morrison walked, pinch-hitter Jerry Martin singled and Larry Bowa beat out an infield single to score one run. After a double steal, Mike Schmidt was walked and Greg Luzinski followed with a game-winning, two-run single to center.
Bill Madlock rapped out three hits and scored three runs to help the Giants to an early 4-0 lead. Dodgers 8, Mets 2
Steve Garvey's two-run double triggered a four-run, fourth-inning rally that enabled Los Angeles to defeat New York and snap a five-game losing streak. Doug Rau, although touched for 11 hits, went the distance to boost his record to 6-2 for his first victory since May 9. Pirates 4, Braves 2
Dave Parker, returning to the lineup only three days after suffering a bone chip in the middle finger of his left hand, tripled home one run and scored two others to lead Pittsburgh. Cardinals 4, Reds 1
John Denny's five-hitter and Jerry Morale' two-run single paced St. Louis over Cincinnati. Denny allowed five singles in improving his record to 5-4.