Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
First baseman Eddie Murray drove a two-out fast ball over the left-field fence in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday night to give the Baltimore Orioles the rubber game of their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Memorial Stadium, 3-2.
The victory moved Baltimore into third-place in the AL East 8 games out of first. The Orioles will meet the Yankees in a three game series this weekend in New York.
This second 10-inning setback for Milwaukee here cost the Brewers ground behind front-running Boston in the American League East Pennant race. They will host the Red Sox in a three-game series this weekend.
Murray's 21st home run of the season was his fifth batting righthanded. He said he connected with an inside fast ball that "I'm sure (Brewer starter Jerry) Augustine did not mean to end up in that position."
"I've been hitting a lot of doubles right-handed but I hadn't been able to get the ball off the ground. Augustine had been throwing fast balls all night and I finally caught hold of one."
Murray had gone one-for-four previous to his game-winner, with a sixth-inning single to his credit.
Oriole right-hander Dennis Martinez went the distance, striking out a career-high 10 batters while giving up seven hits. Martinez retired the final six hitters, striking out three of them, to even his record at 8.8. Augustine is 10.10.
The Brewers scored once in the first inning. Don Money hit a one-out single to center field and after Larry Hisle flied out, designated hitter Cecil Cooper blasted a double to left, driving in Money.
Martinez then retired the side in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, striking out four Brewers in that span.
Singleton pulled the Birds even when he jumped on Augustine's first pitch and sent it over the right-field fence the fourth inning for his 14th home run of the season. It stretched Singleton's hitting streak to 16 consecutive games.
Brewer catcher Buck Martinez, up to then an .033 hitter against Baltimore, opened the sixth with a double to left and advanced to third on Paul Molitor's infield out. Hisle brought Martinez in with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.
In the fifth and sixth, the Orioles had men on first and second with one out, but both times failed to score.
In the bottom of the seventh, Rick Dempsey reached base on a one-cut throwing error by shortshop Molitor. Dempsey stole second. Martinez' throw taking a hop on the way, and was awarded third on interference by second baseman Paul Gantner. But Augustine struck out Mark Belanger and Mike Anderson.
Martinez led off the eighth with a single and reached second on a hit-and-run. With two out, Cooper blistered a grounder to left field but a perfect one-hop peg to the plate by Andres Mora cut down Martinez to end the inning.
Baltimore came alive in the bottom of the inning. Dauer led off with a single and reached second on Singleton's sacrifice bunt. Murray flied out and DeCinces walked. Designated hitter Lee May's short fly dropped safely in left field to send Dauer home and make it 22.
DeCinces was named American League player of the month for July, when he drove in 31 runs, batting .339 with 12 doubles, a triple and 10 home runs.