Eddie Murray's two-run homer in the 11th inning helped the Baltimore Orioles to a 7-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins today.
It was the 16th loss in 17 games for the Twins.
Jim Dwyer led off the 11th against Ron Davis (1-7) with a pinch single. He was forced by Dan Ford before Murray hit Davis' next pitch for his seventh home run of the year, high into the right field seats. Tim Stoddard (1-2) was the winner in relief.
Murray, a switch hitter who had been batting exclusively right-handed lately to protect his injured right wrist, decided to try hitting left-handed against right-hander Davis. "My wrist isn't bothering me anymore," he said, "but it was for awhile and I thought it would be a good idea to bat right-handed, which I did. It did hurt and I didn't even play for awhile but now it feels fine and I can bat left-handed."
Pinch hitter Terry Crowley's home run in the ninth had put Baltimore ahead, 5-4, but the Twins tied in the bottom of the inning on Kent Hrbek's triple and Jesus Vega's sacrifice fly.
Minnesota scored in the fourth on Jim Eisenreich's single. It was his first run batted in since returning to the club last week after hospital treatment for a nervous disorder.
The Orioles went up, 3-1, in the fifth on Rich Dauer's double, Ford's RBI single and Benny Ayala's third home run of the year. It chased Minnesota starter Frank Viola, making his major league debut. Baltimore added a run in the sixth when Cal Ripkin Jr. scored from third on a two-out throwing error by shortstop Ron Washington.
The Twins got a run in their half of the sixth when Randy Johnson doubled and Gary Gaetti singled. They tied it in the seventh on Hrbek's RBI single and Johnson's sacrifice fly.