Oriole hitters tied into California pitching for the second straight time tonight, and for the second straight time it wasn't enough.
Despite 11 Baltimore hits, the Angels took a 7-4 victory as Oriole pitchers gave up 11 hits, too, and the Californians scored six times in the first four innings.
The Angels were led by Fred Lynn's 12th home run and three runs batted in and Rod Carew's three for four night with two RBI. But when it was over, Baltimore's pitching coach, Ray Miller, said the hits didn't alarm him.
"It's the walks," said Miller, acting as a team spokesman in the absence of Manager Earl Weaver, who was serving the first day of a week's suspension for striking umpire Terry Cooney during a dispute over a call Saturday.
Between starter Dennis Martinez, who lasted only 2 1/3 innings for the second straight time, and reliever Ross Grimsley, who survived only an inning, "we walk five and give up eight hits and all of a sudden you're out of the ball game," said Miller.
Indeed, when 20-year-old rookie Storm Davis took over for Grimsley with one out and the bases loaded in the fourth it was already 5-2 California. The sixth run scored off Davis on a sacrifice fly and he let in the Angels' last run before giving way to Tippy Martinez.
Tippy Martinez, rated the "lone bright spot" in an uncharacteristically forthright assessment in the Orioles postgame notes, pitched 3 2/3 innings of hitless relief, allowing only one base runner, on a walk.
Former Oriole Doug DeCinces, asked to assess the Baltimore pitching troubles from his new standpoint as an Angel, conceded that, "We rocked them around" with 13 runs in two nights. "But," said DeCinces, "look who we have hitting."
It is never fun to face a heart-of-the-lineup that includes Carew, Reggie Jackson, Don Baylor, Lynn and DeCinces.
All the more reason to throw strikes, said Miller. "We were missing and we're consistently behind in the count. Against a team like this, you can't do it."
Miller was rankled when Grimsley walked No. 9 hitter Bob Boone and leadoff man Brian Downing with one out in the fourth. That brought up the vaunted heart of the Angel lineup, and they responded by putting the game out of reach.
The Angels struck for two runs off Dennis Martinez in the first inning on singles by Downing, Carew and Lynn and a sacrifice fly by Jackson. They loaded the bases in the second on two singles and a walk but failed to score, and in the third Lynn sent a high drive over the right-field wall at the 387-foot mark, driving in Baylor, who had walked.
That made it 4-2, the Orioles picking up a run in each of the first two innings.
But Martinez's walks to Boone and Downing in the fourth were followed by Carew's RBI double, a walk to Jackson and a sacrifice fly off reliever Grimsley. That made it 6-2. The final run scored off Davis on back-to-back hits by Downing and Carew in the sixth.
The loss spoiled for many of the 16,601 watching in Memorial Stadium an ideal baseball night, featuring one of the best in a long line of memorable sunsets. It also spoiled the managing debut of acting skipper Cal Ripken Sr., who coached third base, warmed up the pitchers when the catchers needed time to put on their gear and oversaw a two-hit performance by his son Cal Jr., the Oriole shortstop.
Said Ripken Sr., "I'm a versatile manager. I can remember when I played, managed and drove the bus."
The winning pitcher was veteran Dave Goltz (4-2), whom the Angels picked up from Los Angeles after he was released in May. Goltz was far from overpowering, giving up nine hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings. But he got strong relief from Andy Hassler, who yielded no runs in 4 2/3 innings.
The three-game series concludes Wednesday night as Ken Forsch (9-7) faces Oriole left-hander Mike Flanagan (6-8).