They had the running of the Bull at Comiskey Park tonight, and it was quite a spectacle. A little like the one in Pamplona, Spain, in fact. In Pamplona, where they have the running of the bulls every year, the streets are full of wild animals.
In Comiskey, the basepaths were full of Greg (Bull) Luzinski, the White Sox' thundering herd. Luzinski's base running helped produce two runs in Chicago's 4-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
They also provided light entertainment, as it were, for the crowd that saw the White Sox win their 11th in 13 games and sweep the three-game series with the Orioles.
"I'd pay to see Bull run the bases," said White Sox Manager Tony LaRussa. "It's a treat to see him chugging along."
Luzinski, sliding into second baseman Rich Dauer, made sure there would be no double play as Chicago's second run scored on Steve Kemp's grounder with one out in the sixth. The first of Luzinski's three hits was an infield single; he later went from first to third on a single to left. In the seventh, he stretched a liner to left into a double.
By that time, the Bull had the Orioles so cowed they didn't even to bother to make a play as he scored from second on Kemp's hard single to right.
While Luzinski was making a lot out of a little, the White Sox were doing just the opposite against pitcher Dennis Martinez (11-10). They had 13 hits and a walk but only the four runs against Martinez in 6 2/3 innings.
As pitcher Richard Dotson was winning his first game at Comiskey Park after eight straight losses, the Orioles were losing their 10th straight here. They haven't won in Chicago since 1980.
After the Orioles had two men on base in the first inning, Dotson dispatched them smartly until the sixth, when Eddie Murray doubled. With two out, Cal Ripken hit a line drive that third baseman Aurelio Rodriguez dived for and caught to end the threat.
The first Chicago run came when Rudy Law reached on a bunt single, stole second -- his 15th straight stolen base -- took third on Tony Bernazard's foul fly and came home on Harold Baines' ground out and 74th RBI. Consecutive singles by Bernazard and Luzinski and Kemp's grounder made it 2-0 in the third.
The Orioles cut the lead to 2-1 on Rick Dempsey's triple and Dauer's RBI ground out in the seventh. But the Sox came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning, and Dennis Lamp finished up for his fifth save.
The Orioles, who have lost 11 of 16, remained six behind Milwaukee.