I was the Orioles' third loss in four games here, their sixth loss in seven games on the road, their 13th loss in their last 20 overall.
"I don't want any mikes in my face tonight," Manager Earl Weaver said.
Two radio reporters left his office.
"We ain't going to win many playing like that," Weaver said after his team's 9-4 loss to the Red Sox tonight. They go to Minnesota for a three-game series starting Tuesday.
"If in the next 19 days you look up and see us in the race, I don't think it will be as much the competition as it will be us straightening ourselves out," Weaver said.
The Orioles took turns trying to straighten out, but couldn't do it when it mattered most tonight. After going through three pitchers in seven innings and after letting a 4-3 lead turn into a 5-4 deficit, the Orioles were still in contention in the eighth inning. Ace reliever Tippy Martinez was pitching.
But Red Sox catcher Gary Allenson doubled down the left field line and Jerry Remy bunted to first baseman Eddie Murray, whose throw to third was too late to get Allenson.
Dwight Evans grounded to third for the first out, scoring Allenson and sending Remy to second. 6-4. Jim Rice grounded to shortstop, and Remy went to third. Carl Yastrzemski was next.
"Tippy wants to be careful with Yaz," Weaver said. "But you have to go after Yaz rather than bring a right-hander to the plate."
Martinez walked Yastrzemski and Carney Lansford came up against the left-handed Martinez. The next thing Weaver knew, Lansford had hit a three-run homer for his 20th RBI in 23 games, not to mention the runs that put the game away.
After stranding four runners in the first three innings, the Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the fourth off starter Dennis Martinez. Lansford opened with a double to left and Dave Stapleton and Rick Miller walked.
"At that time we'll be happy to get out with two runs in three outs," said Weaver, who at that time was yelling at Martinez from the dugout.
Martinez threw a curve ball past catcher Rick Dempsey and Lansford scored to make it 1-0. Left fielder John Lowenstein made a nice leaping catch of Glenn Hoffman's fly ball to left center, but Stapleton was able to tag up for the second Red Sox run.
The Red Sox made it 3-0 in the fifth on Evans' leadoff homer to center.
Al Bumbry led off the sixth with Baltimore's fourth hit off of starter Chuck Rainey, a double to right center. Glenn Gulliver got his 105th walk in 100 professional games and Gary Roenicke hit the first pitch into the screen in left to tie it at 3.
Mark Clear relieved Rainey and gave up a homer to Lowenstein to make it 4-3. After Clear loaded the bases with two outs, Boston Manager Ralph Houk brought in left-handed reliever Tom Burgmeier.
Burgmeier got Dan Ford to ground to first, ending the inning and Baltimore's scoring for the game. He went the rest of the way, winning the game for a 6-0 record.
In the Boston sixth, Miller singled and moved to second on Hoffman's sacrifice. Allenson singled him to third and Miller scored on Lenn Sakata's throwing error at second, trying to force Allenson on Remy's grounder. That tied it at 4.
The Red Sox took a 5-4 lead in the seventh. Tippy Martinez relieved Davis and gave up a grounder to pinch hitter Reid Nichols that scored Yastrzemski. And then that eighth inning that put it away.
"You give the starter the lead, and if he can't get people out, then you bring in the next guy," Weaver said. "And if the next guy doesn't do it, then you bring in the next guy. And if he doesn't do it, then they score nine runs and you lose."