The Baltimore Orioles did what they had to do tonight while keeping ears tuned to a radio in the dugout and eyes on the scoreboard while in the field.
"What was the score of our game?" Baltimore Manager Earl Weaver asked jokingly after the 11-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
In the late innings, the Orioles were listening to the game between New York Yankees and the Indians in Cleveland. The Indians' 12-9 win put the second-place Orioles 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees.
"Rick Dempsey had the radio on so loud I couldn't think," Weaver said. I'd hear a cheer at the end of the dugout, then I'd hear moans -- the guys wouldn't let me concentrate.
"But that's half the fun of a pennant race. The other half is winning."
"If we don't win this, they (the Yankees) will know they've been in a pennant race, I'll tell you that," shortstop Mark Belanger said. "We tuned in for the three-run homer that made it 9-8 (New York). Then, the Indians came through."
Ken Singleton, Eddie Murray and Dan Graham homered to lead a 15-hit attack against the Red Sox.
Murray capped a five-run fourth inning when he greeted reliever Mike Torrez with a towering shot into the center-field seats for his 31st home run. tIt also scored Rich Dauer, who had singled off loser Steve Renko (9-9).
Doug DeCinces led off the fourth with a walk and moved to third on Belanger's single. DeCinces scored on Al Bumbrey's infield hit and Belanger came home on Dauer's single to left.
Singleton gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the first with an opposite-field homer, his 24th. Tony Perez tied the game in the second when he singled off winner Mike Flanagan (16-13) to score Jim Rice, who had reached second on a two-base error by DeCinces.
The Orioles took the lead for good in the third when Belanger led off with a walk, moved to second on Dauer's single and scored on a throwing error by shortstop Rick Burleson.
Graham, who also singled in a run in the ninth, led off the fifth with his 13th homer and DeCinces hit his second double of the night. Two outs later, Bumbry drove in DeCinces with a single, and became the first Oriole in history to collect 200 hits in a season.