Gary Roenicke's ninth-inning sacrifice fly scored the winning run tonight as the Baltimore Orioles took an 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Kiko Garcia opened the ninth with a walk off losing reliever Victor Cruz and took second on Ken Singleton's infield hit. Garcia moved to third on John Lowenstein's fly out and scored when Roenicke lofted a fly ball to center field to give reliever Don Stanhouse his sixth win in seven decisions.
After spotting the Orioles a 6-2 lead, the Indians bounced back with four runs in the fifth inning, triggered by Mike Hargrove's bases-empty homer.
After Lowenstein's RBI single put Baltimore ahead, 7-6, in the seventh, Hangrove opened the eighth with a single and Dave Rosello bunted, causing Baltimore Manager Earl Weaver to claim interference on the play at second. Hargrove was ruled safe and Weaver was ejected, prompting the colorful skipper to bring out a rule book, tear out the pages and throw them onto the field. Hargrove then stole third and pinch-hitter Jim Norris hit into a double play to tie score, 7-7.
Billy Smith's solo homer triggered a three-run third for the Orioles. Roenicke homered for Baltimore in the fourth and Dempsey's home run and Singleton's run-scoring single gave the Orioles a pair of runs in the sixth.