Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Rich Dauer pulled out of a midsummer slump by going three for four and driving in two runs as the Baltimore Orioles wrapped up a seven-game home stand by trimming the Texas Ranger last night, 5-1.
Scott McGregor went the route on a seven-hitter. The victory was the 16th in the last 21 home games for Baltimore and the third in the five-game series against the Rangers. Baltimore has won five of nine against Texas this season.
The Orioles pounded 13 hits, including four doubles, getting at least one hit every inning. Doug DeCinces also slugged three hits including a double, and Ken Singleton delivered two doubles and two runs batted in.
McGregor won his second straight since a four-game losing streak, raising his record to 10-8. He walked three and struck out five.
The Orioles jumped on Ranger starter Dock Ellis early.
Larry Harlow led off the first inning with a line-drive single that knocked Ellis' glove off. Ellis gave chase but threw wide of first, sending Harlow to second. Two outs later, Singleton drove in Harlow to put the initial run on the scoreboard.
Baltimore picked up two runs in the second. Andres Mora smacked a one-out single to center and scored on Dauer's double to left. The hit ended on 0-for-17 slump for the second baseman, hitting only .147 for the month. Mark Belanger's single to right field scored Dauer.
Belanger was thrown out by catcher Jim Sundberg apparently trying to steal second with Harlow at bat. He was the first of three Orioles thrown out in similar situations.
"Those weren't steals, those were supposed to be hit-and-runs," commented Oriole Manager Earl Weaver after the game. "But each time the batter missed the ball, so I guess you could call them 'miss-and-runs'. I have too much respect for Sundberg to call a steal.
In the Texas fifth, Bert Campaneris doubled and stole third with one out. McGregor got out of trouble with a dandy pickoff throw to third, eliminating Campaneris, then struck out Bump Willis.
Walks to Larry Harlow and Eddie Murray combined with a two-out double by Singleton in the fifthe to give the Birds their fourth run.
The Rangers scored in the sixth. Jim Sundberg walked with two out and went home on Al Oliver's double.
Baltimore retaliated in the bottom of the inning on DeCince's double, a sacrifice by Mora and Dauer's single to left. A walk to Belanger finished Ellid (8-5) for the night. Pual Lindbled came in to end the inning by striking out Harlow.