The Baltimore Orioles, who have struggled considerably on their current road swing, lost another embarrassing game tonight. The Orioles fell behind quickly as the Seattle Mariners went on to an easy victory, 8-2.
It was Baltimore's 11th loss in the past 18 games, and the seventh in 10 games on the road trip.
Julio Cruz tied an American League record with his 32nd consecutive stolen base and Jeff Burroughs drove in four runs for Seattle, which scored four runs in the first inning and had an 8-0 lead after seven. Mike Parrott (2-5) shut out the Orioles for seven innings in winning only his second game in his past 23 decisions.
After leading off with a single to left off Oriole starter and loser Dennis Martinez (7-3), Cruz stole second, tying the league record set last year by Kansas City's Willie Wilson. Davey Lopes of Los Angeles holds the major league record, 38.
Bruce Bochte drove in Cruz with a single to center. After Tom Paciorek hit a ground ball to shortstop Mark Belander, who threw to second baseman Lenn Sakata to force Bochte, Richie Zisk walked. Dan Meyer singled to left, loading the bases.
Burroughs followed with a two-run single to center and Meyer scored from third on Jerry Narron's ground out.
The Mariners continued to pester Martinez in the second inning as Cruz reached on a fielding error by third baseman Dan Graham and scored on a home run by Paciorek. When Zisk followed with a single to right, Baltimore Manager Earl Weaver replaced Martinez with reliever Dave Ford. b
Ford retired Meyer on a fly ball to get out of the second inning and survived a shaky start in the third when he gave up an apparent run on three consecutive singles. But Burroughs was called out by umpire Russ Goetz for missing third base. After that, Ford settled down to retire 12 straight Seattle batters.
Meanwhile, Parrott, a former Oriole, was holding Baltimore scoreless allowing two hits in the first three innings.
The Orioles managed only one more hit through the next three innings, a double by Eddie Murray.
With one out in the seventh, the Mariners finally got to Ford. They scored scoring two runs on four straight singles for an 8-0 Seattle lead, prompting Weaver to bring in Steve Luebber.
The Orioles scored finally twice in the eighth. After Al Bumbry grounded out, Jim Dwyer, Ken Singleton and Murray hit consecutive singles to load the bases. John Lowenstein then bounced into a force play at second to drive in Dwyer and Singleton scored on an errant throw to first by shortstop Jim Anderson.