Detroit's Alan Trammell lined a two-out single in the hole to score two 11th inning runs and give the Tigers a 6-4 triumph over the Baltimore Orioles today at Memorial Stadium.The loss stopped a four-game Oriole winning streak.
The last-place Tigers tried their best to lose their fifth straight, almost wasting a bases-loaded, no-out situation.
Tom Brookens led off the 11th with a sharp single up the middle. Dave Stegman worked a walk from reliever Tippy Martinez, who had suddenly lost control, and pinch hitter Tim Corcoran was hit by a pitch.
Baltimore Manager Earl Weaver called Sammy Stewart from the bull-pen, and Detroit countered with pinch hitter Steve Kemp, tied for the club leadership in home runs with five. Kemp hit a soft roller to second baseman Lenn Sakata, who quickly fired home. Catcher Rick Dempsey imitated a ballet dancer as he stretched for the ball and kept a toe on the plate for for the force.
The partisan crowd of 24,558 cheered loudy when Kirk Gibson's squeeze bunt dribbled back to Stewart, whose underhand toss to Dempsey forced Stegman at the plate.
But Trammel lashed a Stewart pitch just under the glove of Mark Belanger into left field, easily scoring Corcoran and Kemp.
The O's, now 19-22, went down without a whimper in the 11th. Tiger reliever Aurelio Lopez (4-3) fanned Lee May and Pat Kelly and got Al Bumbry on a week grounder up the first base line.
Oriole starter Mike Flanagan gave Detroit only six hits in his seven-inning stint, but four of them went a long way. Detroit's Lance Parrish, Duffy Dyer, John Wockenfuss and Trammell all stroked Flanagan pitches into the seats. Fortunately for Baltimore, all four homers came with the bases empty.
Parrish's fifth homer of the year sent the Tigers ahead, 1-0, in the first.
The Orioles tied it on Eddie Murray's single. Baltimore then had runners on first and second with one out by May was ruled out on an infield fly rule. Sakata, confused when Murray ran to second, broke for third and was tagged out to end that rally.
Baltimore, which had 12 hits, hit safely in the first eight innings but its singles didn't carry the clout of the Detroit homers. The Orioles trailed, 3-2, going into the bottom of the seventh.
Benny Ayala, who went three for three, opened the inning with a single. Dempsey doubled up the alley in left-center, Ayala tying the game, 3-3. Dempsey raced to third on a fly by Rich Dauer, then streaked home on a squeeze bunt by Belanger.
But Detroit drew even on Trammell's homer halfway up the left field stands. Flanagan, who had not given up more than two home runs in any one game since he came into the major leagues seven years ago, was done. Replacement Tim Stoddard wasn't around long, surrending singles to Parrish and pinch hitter Champ Summers. After a sacrifice moved the runners up, Martinez, in the Stoddard, intentionally walked Brookens.
Martinez bore down and struck out Stegman and got Dyer on a weak grounder to second.
Baltimore's Ken Singleton, who had a third-inning homer and a single in four trips, sent Summers to the wall in right field for his long blast in the eighth.