Ben Oglivie broke a 7-7 tie with a two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning today, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The loss ended a five-game winning streak by the Orioles.
Jim Gantner opened the eighth inning with a single off Tippy Martinez (1-4) and Paul Molitor sacrificed. Tim Stoddard replaced Martinez and walked Don Money to put runners on first and second with two outs. Oglivie followed with a double to the right field corner.
The Orioles trailed by four runs after Molitor's RBI double in the fifth, but they tied the game on a two-run homer by Ken Singleton in the sixth and two more runs in the seventh. Eddie Murray drove in one run with a ground out and John Lowenstein singled in another.
"After they tied it from a 7-3 deficit, I started wondering which way this ballclub is going," said Oglivie.
Baltimore Manager Earl Weaver had his own ideas where his team should have been: in the winner's column.
"It was a tough day to pitch, but the bullpen has got to learn to close the door," Weaver said. "The bullpen hasn't done the job. Any time you get 17 hits, four home runs and score seven runs, your pitchers have got to do the job."
Martinez and Stoddard have struggled this year, and Weaver noted, "It seems like if one isn't giving it up, the other is."
Rollie Fingers said he wasn't pitching well, either, but he managed to retire the Orioles in order in the ninth after yielding two runs in the eighth.
"I didn't have my good stuff," said Fingers (3-5). "I had a half-way decent breaking ball, a half-way decent fork ball and not a good fast ball at all. I hadn't thrown in four or five days, so last night I aired it out in the bullpen. It never fails. After you get up and throw hard to get some work, you're in there the next day." Four home runs were hit in the first two innings, three by the Orioles.
Baltimore's Lenn Sakata led off the first with his second homer of the season. Money followed a single by Molitor with his eighth homer in the bottom of the inning and Milwaukee led, 2-1.
Baltimore regained the lead at 3-2 in the second when Rick Dempsey and Rich Dauer hit back-to-back homers.
The Brewers knocked out starter Sammy Stewart in the third. Singles by Money, Ogilvie and Gorman Thomas loaded the bases for Roy Howell, who doubled to left, scoring two runs. Thomas scored on Charlie Moore's ground out and Marshall Edwards singled home Howell to give the Brewers a 6-3 lead.
Milwaukee scored again in the fifth on a single by Edwards, a stolen base, a throwing error by Dempsey and a double by Molitor.